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Bicycles at a Long Beach Island (NJ) Bicycle Shop
Initial setup of a bicycle depends upon the skill of the mechanic. Gears, brakes, and other moving parts must be carefully assembled and adjusted for optimal performance. There is no substitute for an experienced bicycle mechanic; proper assembly and adjustment at the point of purchase is a key benefit that sets local bicycle shops apart from online shops and department stores. A brick-and-mortar bike shop will also tend to stock cycling products that are suited to local terrain and cycling conditions. Shops located in mountainous areas are likely to stock a good selection of mountain bikes and accessories whereas shops located in the Midwestern prairie states are likely to carry more road bikes and hybrid bicycles.
Reputable bicycle shops generally offer maintenance and replacement parts such as tires, chains, brake pads and other wearing items. Often these shops have information about where to ride, group rides, and even connections with racing organizations. Developing a relationship with a good shop will go a long way toward your enjoyment of this sport.
BicycleShops.us is a cycling resource that features convenient access to state, regional, and local bicycle shop listings as well as online shopping for bicycle parts & accessories. Bicycle shop owners may also be interested in the National Bicycle Dealers Association, NBDA, a non-profit trade organization of bicycle retailers, with ancillary membership from bicycle product vendors and others allied to the bicycle industry. Their stated mission is to aid the growth of cycling by supporting specialty bicycle retailers through research, education, and advocacy.
In this bicycle shop directory, you can find a broad selection of local bike shops in each state. Most bicycle stores offer both sales and service; stores that rent bicycles or only sell bicycles are noted as such. Be sure to call ahead before visiting these shops to check their hours of operation, and to verify their location and status. Although we try to keep these listings current, some of the bicycle shops listed herein may have relocated or even ceased operations.
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