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Best Brooklyn Bike Gurus New York 2008 - Roy's Sheepshead Cycle, Ilya Nikhamin, and Allen Trepel

Roy?s Sheepshead Cycle opened in Brooklyn in 1931 on 86th Street. Now, two moves and 77 years later, the shop has developed a reputation for its knowledgeable (if occasionally gruff) staff. The head bike guru, owner Allen Trepel, is a master at bike fittings and correcting customers? cycling form, thanks to eight years of studying anatomy while training as an artist. He?s the one that serious cyclists turn to when they want a customized bike, which requires like a million measurements and several weeks to assemble. Ilya Nikhamin, a self-described ?bike snob,? is the gear geek. He?s more excited about a new set of Shimano wheels than any of the local races. Both men spend hours answering a customer?s questions, encourage test drives on multiple bikes, and are always on hand for any follow-up fittings, questions, or repairs. But theirs is a tough love: Neither will hesitate to tell you that you?re a chump if you buy the $2,000 bike when the $1,200 one is faster and sturdier, and eyes will definitely roll if a novice cyclist wants to put a kickstand on his fancy new road bike?but that?s just the kind of honesty that cyclists can expect at this no-bullshit bike shop.

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ChetStone
ChetStone

This article is very amusing. This shop is just glitz. I wasn't fitted properly for a bike. I eyed a custom frame that was dead stock. It was too big for me as it turned out. It was a hassle getting my deposit although I returned the next day. There is such a wide array of shops with people who know the business, products, and actually ride, why go back here. 


My guess is that people play the bestie card with a friend.  There are plenty of stores in Manhattan and Brooklyn that don't play mind games. Do the homework before you buy anything. 

disgruntled
disgruntled

I got my bike tuned up with all new tires. Went to pick it up today and no one helped me out at all. I had to do all the adjustments myself.

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