Why shop here? That's really what it's all about. For me it's simple. Our people.
I've said it before, and I will say it until the cows come home; I'm fortunate enough to have the best staff anyone could hope for. They make my job easier. They keep me sane.
A small staff ensures that you have the opportunity to speak to the same person with each visit. We take the time to find out how you are going to use your new bike. We also have the knowledge to recommend the appropriate accessories that will make your riding experience more enjoyable.
On a personal note, after spending several years on the side lines, I've gotten much more involved with advocacy. Like most people that ride bikes, I've found it harder to find low traffic roads on which to ride. Late in 2011 I joined the board of INDYCOG. They (I really do need to start saying "we"), are a very small, but very high energy group that is committed to making Indianapolis better for biking and walking.
I attended my first National Bike Summit in 2012. Put on by the League of American Bicyclists, the Summit brings together people from every state to lobby Congress. Federal money is (unfortunately) critical to many local projects, and seems to always be in jeopardy.
Friendly, knowledgeable people who are enthusiastic cyclists, and who are committed to making Indianapolis better for biking.
If that's not enough, here are some text book reasons ;)
Here are the nine top reasons our store is the best place to shop:
1. We have the right bike for you.
We offer a wide selection of bicycles for different people and uses. And we provide expert assistance in selecting the proper bike type and model. For example, a road bike makes little sense if your plan is to tackle dirt trails. Likewise, if you're into cruising, you certainly don't need to test ride racing rigs. You need the bike type that's right for you, and our experienced staff will listen to you and help you choose.
2. Comfort and safety are built into every bike we sell.
Bicycles come in different sizes. And they're very adjustable. We find the right frame size for you and then dial in the fit by positioning the seat and handlebars, brake levers and shifters as required. This ensures comfort and that you're in complete control of your bike for safety. There are many variables, too: If you need a softer saddle, we'll put one on. If you prefer to sit more upright, we can accommodate you. Our goal is to make your new bike as comfortable to ride and as easy to pedal as possible. We have years of experience in fitting bikes to riders and we'll get yours fitting so good it disappears beneath you.
3. All our new bikes are assembled by professional bicycle mechanics.
You might be surprised to learn that bicycles are not completely assembled at the factory. It's true. They're actually delivered to us disassembled and in a box, and we spend about an hour (depending on the model) assembling, tuning and testing every bike (at no additional charge to you). This is required by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission and we pride ourselves in meeting the highest standards. What's more, our technicians and service department are always prepared to make adjustments and provide advice should you need assistance during a purchase or after a sale.
4. We allow test rides, the best way to select a new machine.
How do you know if that new rig is the right ride for you? The best test, and the truest way to judge a bike, is by taking a spin on it. Roll down the street and shift through the gears. Feel how the frame fits your legs and arms. Try the brakes. Stand up and climb. Coast a bit. Does the bike feel comfortable, easy to pedal, smooth? Is it quiet? Do you like the ride? Make some mental notes and return to our shop to try some others. We're happy to let you compare bikes and get a feel so you find the perfect machine.
5. Our experienced staff is happy to offer all the free cycling advice you need.
We're staffed by knowledgeable and enthusiastic cyclists who love to share their expertise. Need to learn how to shift, fix a flat, carry gear, pump your tires? Want to find the best places to ride or friends to pedal with? Just ask, and we'll be more than happy to help.
6. Every new bike comes with a free tune-up.
Bicycles are machines that require maintenance. One of the most important services is the first tune-up, which is due after you've ridden your new bike for a few weeks. During this time, cables might stretch, spokes may loosen and adjustments could change. For your new rig to ride right and last as long as possible, we provide a free tune-up where we thoroughly check all systems (a $30 to $60 value, depending upon the work required).
7. All our bikes are guaranteed.
We stand behind every bike we sell. If something goes wrong, bring it in and we'll be happy to deal with it. In the rare event of a breakdown, there's also a manufacturer's warranty protecting your purchase.
8. Our bikes offer the highest quality, longest life and best resale value.
We don't just stock any bicycles. Because we stand behind our products, we find and carry only the finest brands and models. Which means that you get a great bike that will last and last with nothing more than regular care and maintenance. And, should you decide to upgrade, you'll be able to sell the bike for a good price.
9. We carry all the best accessories to go with your new bike.
Cycling's most fun when you have the right gear to go along with that new bike. Our store is loaded with top-quality accessories and equipment such as helmets, locks, pumps, hydration systems, computers, and plenty of other goodies designed to help you enjoy riding. And, we're happy to advise which choices are right for you.
A1 Cyclery: locally owned on Indy's West side since 1967
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri 10-7, Sat 10-5, Closed Sun.