/ Spar Cycles Harogate
I've just google street viewed them and I wasn't expecting to see a scene out of a Hovis advert but it appears to be an industrial estate with lots of car parts/repairers. Couldn't identify anything that looked like a bike shop. Its probably a Google screw-up but anyone know of Spar Cycles in Harrogate?
Address: 48A Camwal Road, Harrogate, HG1 4PT
So I'm sure they are there. Presumably Google went there before they moved there???
Google reviews: https://plus.google.com/114141494143466710742/about?gl=uk&hl=en
Missed that so thanks for pointing it out :)
I found them to be fantastic.
They gave me excellent advice, modified an axle to make it fit my bike, then built me a set of wheels (which I am still very happy with 12 months down the line) Then they gave me a discount without me even having to ask..
It's also worth knowing that if you ask a question about bikes on the CTC forum Colin from the shop will often answer (He's 531Colin).
Not visited since they moved premises but they did a fine job servicing my CB Dalesman a year or so back.
They are really good. Just moved into the new premises, most of their business is mail-order apparently hence the warehouse.
They are very friendly and I've never heard a bad thing about them.
Nowt wrong with a bike shop in an industrial unit, if you ever want anything Cyclocross related seek out Paul Milnes in Bradford an Aladdin's cave of all things cycling with a wealth of knowledge in an industrial unit.
Don't judge a shop by its window dressing.
Yes, I'm a Londoner. Why (possibly) buy a bike so far away? Basically having trawled around London I'm finding it really really difficult to find a dealer that I feel comfortable spending my budget of about £1000 with. Its probably me just being overly cautious but its a large sum for me and I want to know that I've got the best suited bike I can possibly buy.
Obviously I've been to the usual suspects Halfords, Evans etc but really got the feeling that I was being sold a bike that suited my budget rather than one that particularly suited me. A number of people suggested going a bit more bespoke ( Condor) but cost then started to become an issue along with the fact that I just don't have the experience to make the required judgements like X or Y component which sort of in-part defeated the possible benefit.
Spa came about as I'd seen a number of people posting on forums about decent and knowledgeable advice. And yes I've also heard about their legendary rudeness. On looking at their website it seems to do some some good deals on pre-built and custom bikes. I haven't totally decided on buying from Spa just that I am going to be fairly close next month so thought I'd pop in. I think that getting the right bike is the most important thing if I have to pay for some initial servicing because Spa is too far away then I think thats a price worth paying.
BTW I'm after an all-weather commuter to do a round trip of just over 20 miles. Cyclocross bikes seem to get mentioned quite a bit.
I've bought quite a lot of stuff from them over the years. I've found them knowledgeable and helpful over the phone, but in my experience their mail order service can be woefully sloppy.
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