Lawrence Re-cyclery - Bikeshops, Lawrence, Kansas

Lawrence Re-cyclery - Bikeshops, Lawrence, Kansas

DESCRIPTION

The Lawrence Re-Cyclery buys, sells, trades and repairs all kinds of new and used bikes, and also carry a full line of parts and accessories. Used and new mountain bikes for sale and rent, over 200 bikes in stock. Same or next day repairs at the most reasonable prices in Lawrence.


USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 09, 2011]
Hayduke
Cross Country Rider

Overall: not bad. Used bikes interspersed with new stuff from SE, Fuji, Schwinn, etc. Not a high end shop, it gives the feel of a shop for those who don't take themselves or the sport all that seriously.

When I first moved to the city, this was my go to shop. But I quickly realized that the bikes were about 30% more than they should be for what you get: mismatched tires (presta and schrader on the same bike), bad cabling, and generally janky builds. For example, a friend exchanged two nice cruisers for a single speed road bike and still somehow ended up paying $300. The cruisers were resold at $400 each. He's since spent hundreds repairing the craptastic build.

But still, great stuff can be had if you're willing to sift through the crap. And at reasonable prices even!

Customer Service

Meh. The mechanics are cool and knowledgeable, which is why I can't figure out how the bikes come out so bad. The owner is a dick. My understanding is he hates owning the shop, which certainly shows in his demeanor. Overall, they're nice and genuinely love bikes and can be great help, just avoid the owner. Both cancel out to get a "3" from me.

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Bottom line: if you know what you're doing and what you're looking for, it can be a great place to find used parts (especially if you actually know what they're worth). But if you're new to cycling, you'll probably get ripped off, then have two flat tires and a blown headset by the time you get home. Repairs will likely cost as much as the bike itself.

Buyer beware.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 21, 2010]
unagidon
Weekend Warrior

No, Recyclery does not have the latest Cervelo's, Look's, Ibis, Specialized, or even Dura Ace 10 speed chains. This is not your high end bike shop from San Diego or Austin.

They specialize in selling used bikes at reasonable prices. It's a great place if you're looking for 200 - 400 bikes that will last a really, really long time. The owner, Brian, is a fantastic guy. How many bike shops do you know will pay you cash for your bike, and can trade-in your bike on the spot.

Customer Service

Tune ups that are reasonably price. Minor adjustments that can be done on the spot instead of putting you in line for a week. I'm definitely a fan. And if you need stuff they don't carry, ask one of the guys and they can order it for you. 90% of the bike shops order from QBP anyway - so if you need something, let them know what you need and ask for a price. This is one bike shop that doesn't get pissed off if you tell them you ordered something off the Internet - the owner understands that we, the customer, doesn't print money.

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Technical expertise - I only rated a 3 out of 5. I've seen some amazing mechanics that can diagnose the most difficult issues - those get the 5's. However, even with a 3 out of 5, that means they can do 90% of jobs on 90% of bikes. Can they take apart and rebuild a high-end hydralic mtb suspension - NO. Can they give you a good tune-up, adjust your deraillers and even rebuild a road bike? YES. If you need an old bike, go check them out!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[May 10, 2010]
War_Bikes
Weekend Warrior

A downtown shop selling mostly used and some odds and ends new bikes.

Customer Service

Every time I visit to see what's new, I often walk out with out anyone even saying hi, but I guess they are busy. I have seen some questionable methods of repairs while browsing and over priced "deals." The owner is a car mechanic but only started working on bikes, so a few questions I had received shaky answers at best. When It comes to my safety, I don't like taking chances.

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I often feel like the used bikes are way over priced considering most have old tires and need repair and tune-ups to shift right. I would expect I could find something at a garage sale and get it tuned up with new tires for half the price they want. I have had a few friends that bought bikes to only discover it had a defective frame and fork and I have heard of a few people wrecking due to faulty bikes. No thanks. A deal is only a deal if its safe. I agree with reusing as much as I can, but when it comes to selling broken and bent up bikes, I have to draw the line. I think this might be a case of capitalizing on a trend. Do your self a favor, get a garage sale bike and take it to a shop with experience to get it running great and save some green.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 12, 2009]
Jerry Tremmel
Weekend Warrior

A friendly small town - down home atmosphere. No presurized sales persons. No fancy high priced mechandise displays - just a nice shop with really nice people there. The owner will make you feel welcome - he might even join you on an evening or weekend bike ride. If you need replacement parts they carry quality parts at great prices.

Customer Service

Excellent customer service. I was introduced to the owner by my son and he made me feel really welcome. He has stayed open late just to allow me to pick up a part I needed for my bike.

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I would recommend this bike shop to anyone who is looking for an affordable and reliable bike - not one of those Walmart or Target bikes yet one that is affordable. Also if you are looking for some of those rare old bikes - like you had when you were a kid - this is a great place to go.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jul 25, 2009]
thedigitel
Cross Country Rider

I was very impressed by this shop. Very friendly and laid back atmosphere. They have hundreds of used bikes which are reasonably priced and all bikes are in good shape. The staff is friendly and willing to help you with any questions you may have, even if you are just looking. They sell used and new parts, and prices are very reasonable. This was my first time at the Re-Cyclery, but I was impressed! I will stop here before I hit the new-only shops from now on when I need something.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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