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The Den => Newbies Corner => Topic started by: mtbkatie on September 05, 2012, 11:45:34 AM

Title: Indy Bike Shop Suggestions for First Mountain Bike
Post by: mtbkatie on September 05, 2012, 11:45:34 AM
I'm looking to buy my first mountain bike.  I've been renting a Trek 3900 Hardtail with disc brakes, and I've liked that.  I'm looking for a bike shop in Indy that will have a good selection of lower to mid range hardtails to test ride in my size (I'm 5'6").  Any suggestions?  Thanks!
Title: Re: Indy Bike Shop Suggestions for First Mountain Bike
Post by: deanarammalamma on September 05, 2012, 12:10:21 PM
Depending on what side of town you're on, Gray Goat Sports on the south side are great folks, and BGI to the north (ask for Mark Finney).
Title: Re: Indy Bike Shop Suggestions for First Mountain Bike
Post by: Dave G. on September 05, 2012, 01:19:36 PM
If you're a westsider, Bicycle Outfitters Indy has a good selection of mid to low end mtbs in a Jamis, Fuji, or Redline.  If/when you are ready to move up in quality, they can custom build Niners, Yetis, Jamis, BMC or Redline.

10th and Country Club Road.  Link to shop website is in my sig.

Dave
Title: Re: Indy Bike Shop Suggestions for First Mountain Bike
Post by: deanarammalamma on September 05, 2012, 01:24:43 PM
And lets not forget ICS (Indy Cycle Specialists) on the east side! :)
Title: Re: Indy Bike Shop Suggestions for First Mountain Bike
Post by: mtbkatie on September 05, 2012, 02:56:49 PM
Thanks for your help!  It's great to know there are so many great bike shops to choose from.
Title: Re: Indy Bike Shop Suggestions for First Mountain Bike
Post by: Wingspan on September 05, 2012, 03:15:19 PM
There's also Gear Up in Plainfield on the west side. :)
Title: Re: Indy Bike Shop Suggestions for First Mountain Bike
Post by: Shark on September 05, 2012, 04:16:28 PM
& Nebo Ridge up on the north north side. And Bicycle Station in Columbus....
Title: Re: Indy Bike Shop Suggestions for First Mountain Bike
Post by: Jon Clodfelter on September 05, 2012, 05:28:46 PM
Matthews at Pendleton Pike and 465 on the East Side, Specialized/Trek


Oops, long day in the cube at 16th and Post.....:)
Title: Re: Indy Bike Shop Suggestions for First Mountain Bike
Post by: gt ss on September 05, 2012, 06:01:41 PM
Matthews at 16th and Post on the East Side, Specialized/Trek
There's nothing @ 16th and post except a Little Caesars and a Family video! Matthews is on Pendelton Pike btwn Shadeland and 465.
Title: Re: Indy Bike Shop Suggestions for First Mountain Bike
Post by: JasonS on September 05, 2012, 09:04:26 PM
Make sure to try a bunch of brands in different sizes.  It's like fitting a shoe.


The shop at Winona lake rents bikes and will discount your rental fees from the purchase price of a bike.  A pretty good deal if you ask me.


And don't forget a helmet.  And gloves.  Shorts.  Hydration pack.  Spare tubes, pump.  Tire levers. 
Title: Re: Indy Bike Shop Suggestions for First Mountain Bike
Post by: David Kuehnen on September 06, 2012, 07:22:35 AM
+1on the spare tube, pump and tire levers.   Being caught with a flat tire miles from the trailhead is no fun 
Title: Re: Indy Bike Shop Suggestions for First Mountain Bike
Post by: mtbkatie on September 06, 2012, 12:50:31 PM
Thanks, I will definitely make sure to be prepared for a flat!
Title: Re: Indy Bike Shop Suggestions for First Mountain Bike
Post by: RiverBankRider on September 06, 2012, 01:29:56 PM
Do any of the local Indy shops still give tune-ups for the first year after a new bike purchase? I know it used to be fairly customary for the local bike shops to do this.
Title: Re: Indy Bike Shop Suggestions for First Mountain Bike
Post by: Wingspan on September 06, 2012, 02:00:34 PM
Do any of the local Indy shops still give tune-ups for the first year after a new bike purchase? I know it used to be fairly customary for the local bike shops to do this.

I know Gray Goat does, they just did one on my bike last week.
Title: Re: Indy Bike Shop Suggestions for First Mountain Bike
Post by: RiverBankRider on September 06, 2012, 03:19:38 PM
The free year of maintenance should be a big plus for newbies who may have little bike mechanic skills out of the box.  Stretched cables and sloppy initial tuning may make a first time bike purchase end up as their last.
Title: Re: Indy Bike Shop Suggestions for First Mountain Bike
Post by: getsometrail on September 06, 2012, 08:39:40 PM
The Goat has rescued my wheels a couple of times from some boneheaded novice mechanic moments...for a price.  IMO they are not as cheap as other places but I have always gotten great service there except for when a miscommunication when I tried to order a cargo box for the roof.  But for bike stuff they've been great.  Localy owned shop and supporters of trails and events.
Title: Re: Indy Bike Shop Suggestions for First Mountain Bike
Post by: mtbkatie on September 07, 2012, 09:10:27 AM
I ended up buying a Giant Revel 1 at Indy Cycle Specialist.  One year of maintenance was included.  I can't wait to get out to BCSP tomorrow!
Title: Re: Indy Bike Shop Suggestions for First Mountain Bike
Post by: getsometrail on September 07, 2012, 10:08:45 AM
I ended up buying a Giant Revel 1 at Indy Cycle Specialist.  One year of maintenance was included.  I can't wait to get out to BCSP tomorrow!
Keep an eye on trail conditions with the rain moving in tonight.
Title: Re: Indy Bike Shop Suggestions for First Mountain Bike
Post by: mtbkatie on September 07, 2012, 11:20:54 AM
I'm crossing my fingers.  However, it looks like Sunday may work out better.