Point of clarification, the ORIGINAL Kingston Classic Cycles is located in Kingston, WA, which is a ferry ride across the sound from Edmonds, WA. This bikeshop has a museum-like quality to it, much like the old Wheelsmith of Palo Alto, CA. The owner, Jeff Groman, has just opened a new shop (Classic Cycles) on Bainbridge island, about 15 miles south of Kingston, and directly across the sound from Seattle via a 35 min ride (on Washington State Ferries) which are very bike-friendly.
Either shop is well worth a visit if you are in the Seattle area.
===================================================== Mark Petry 206.618.9642 Beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ===================================================== "Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bicycle ride."
John F. Kennedy, 1961
-----Original Message----- From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of Monkeyman Sent: Thursday, August 09, 2001 8:31 PM To: Jill DiMauro; email@example.com Subject: Re: [CR]Seattle Bike Shops
I'll have to chime in on this one. Hey where's Mark B? You'll find
Seattle is one of the most shop intensive cities there is out there.
There are only a few "classic" shops there. The oldest is Wright
Brothers in Fremont. Charles used to have a fine bunch of stuff and
poking around in the back is a must except it's a no-no unless you
know someone, maybe if he asks nicely. I'll mention Recycled Cycles
on Boat St. in the U-district sometimes has some things of interest
to classic members. There is but one KING of classic shops in
Seattle and it is The Bikesmith in Wallingford. Sure I worked there
for 3+ years and Val the owner is a friend and my early mentor but it
really is the shop you'll find the most "classic" stuff for sale. You
can go look at museum pieces at Il Vechieo down on lake Washington
blvd. or Kingston Cycles on Vashon Island??? These are both "must
see's" if you're just looking. The Bikesmith is the place you go to
talk to people that have the stuff and have been mechanics for 30+
years and KNOW the stuff. Where did you think the monkeyman learned
his stuff? Most of the shops in Seattle have a "classic" bike or two
on the walls so tell your brother to keep a full weekend open to see
>My brother-in-law (a bike nut long before I was!) is going to Seattle, WA
>tomorrow. Can anyone recommend a "must see" bike shop? Plus he wants to
>rent a road bike to do a few days of touring. So far all the shops he's
>called only has run-of-the-mill mountain bikes for rent. Any suggestions
>where he might rent a road bike?
>Thanks in advance! He might even have an early 70's bike catalog to pass on
>to fellow affectionados!
>Maryland (for now)