Some things in life just ain't right, and this is one of them. After being in business for about eighty years, The Bike Route (5201 Monroe St #1, Toledo, OH 43623; (419) 885-3030) is closing for good. I'm told that the last day is October 30th, a Friday.
I blogged about this here, where you can read my insightful, sensitive commentary or not as it amuses you, but the long and short of it is this: there's a new landlord who kicked the rent into orbit, and the owner thinks it's time to retire. Putting up with customers like me probably doesn't help the situation, but perhaps not. I always pay in cash, you see.
So there's going to be a fire sale, and if you see something you like don't hesitate to do a bit of arm twisting. There's a few significantly nice bikes on the rack, and all kinds of accessories including a few Tennessee go-fasters that I may invest in.
Still, I stand by my original statement: It just ain't right.
Wow, that place brings back memories. I used to live on Sutton Place off Nantuckett back in the early 80's. We'd cut across the woods behind Franklin Park drive in and emerge right at the Bike Route. It was the place to go to get your Mongoose. Another Toledo institution goes down.
BUMMER. that said, I'm not surprised. I had some bad experiences with them... Not a mega but was always displeased with the service.
I ended up at http://www.wersellsbikeandskishop.com which was only a little bit better...
that said, most of these types of shops are feeling a lot of pressure from the amazon.com's of the world where you can basically buy all parts WAY cheaper. :?
I agree with upso, I prefer Wersells. I used them in the 90s because I wanted a Trek and their service isn't nearly as good as Wersell's. The bike I wanted wasn't assembled in my size and it took a couple days for them to get one assembled. I also took a bike in once for a flat and I know I had to leave it overnight for at least one night to get it repaired. When I bought my bike at Wersell's they didn't have the one I wanted assembled in my size and they had one assembled for me that same day. Whenever I have my bike in for a flat tire it is done while I wait. The longest I ever had to wait to have a flat tire repaired at Wersell's was one hour. Wasn't a big deal since I was going to Costco and Best Buy anyway and was thinking of just leaving my bike at Wersell's to have the repair done while I shopped, but the one sister really apologized for the "long wait" and being shorthanded that day.
Next time I'm in the market for a new bike I'll go to Wersell's. For repairs I love the Toledo Bike Coop on Washington since I live and work downtown. They do great work for cheap and the hours are wonderful, they are open Sunday's and evenings during the week. They also have some good accessories, I wanted clip on bike lights for night riding and they had them for $6 and Amazon wanted around $12 for the same lights, the volunteer told me they aren't trying to make a profit on the lights and sell them at cost since they want people to light up and be safe at night. For accessories they don't carry I use Amazon.
I love Wersells (bought my last bike - felt Z5 - from them, as well as my previous Jamis Satellite) - great people there.
I also really like Spoke Life in Perrysburg. Not as big a fan of the Specialized bikes they sell, but they're really knowledgeable and good people.
We've dealt with Wersell's for more than 30 years and can't say enough good about them. Quality products and service; experienced, knowledgeable staff. What's not to like?
+1 on both Wersell's and the bike co-op.
The sisters that run Wersell's are wonderful. I bought my last bike there seven or eight years ago and still works great. I had read online that if you pay cash a lot of bike stores will discount the bike by three percent since they don't have to pay the CC processing fee and she offered me a lot better discount than that if I used a debit card instead of a credit card. They gave me a great discount on accessories with a same day bike purchase and installed and calibrated the odometer I bought for me and they throw in two free tuneup's with any new bike purchase.
I also like the Bike Coop. I took the intro bike maintenance class a couple years ago. They do speedy repairs (I dropped off my bike last month after work for a tune up and they started working on it right away and I was able to pick it up around 7 that same night) and they do a lot of good things for the community.
I've only donated bikes to the co-op, but I was very impressed when I went down there. They are doing great things.
I need a new bike seat and was at Kroger on Monroe and decided to see what they had.
The discounted price on a seat I wanted at the bike route was $30 and Amazon has the same seat for $21.95 with free shipping regular price (plus I would get an additional 5% rebate using my amazon credit card).
My sister wanted me to look and see if they had any good deals on clip on lights. The cheapest ones they had were $12.95 EACH and I got a set of both a white and red nice one for $8.50 (was around $8 after applying the 5% amazon credit card discount) for the pair on Amazon and the ones on Amazon were better quality.
I haven't shopped in stores for bike accessories in a few years so maybe those prices are in line with the competition but when a going out business sale price is that much more than Amazon, you can't blame people for using Amazong