Being a biking novice (I only started riding two years ago), and riding a giant one-speed pink Hello Kitty Cruiser, I admit I was very embarrassed when I first started going to bike shops. But the shop within blocks of my apartment turned out to be the best one I had the pleasure of visiting. That shop is B's Bikes, on Driggs at the corner of Eckford-
I've been to this shop numerous times for various reasons in the two years that I've been cycling around. Some of my first purchases were when I bought my fancy pink handles (seen below), as well as my headlight and tail-light (not seen here, I didn't have them when this photo was taken. But I really like this photo)
But what really impressed me about this shop was the staff. They are courteous, patient and helpful. And to their credit, they could have ripped me off on several occasions, but they did not. Let me re-count a few experiences I've had there:
1- Last year I brought the cruiser there at the start of spring for a 'tune up'. Brendan, the owner, basically told me that the bike was in fine shape and he wasn't going to keep it there and charge me for nothing. Here is Brendan-
2- Last summer, when my handlebars were so loose they were sliding around as I rode, I did everything I could to tighten them but just couldn't get them tight enough. It was so dangerous that I couldn't ride the bike that way at all. So I swung by there and within minutes, one of the guys in there tightened them for me and didn't even charge me! (Thanks, guy with the long blond hair!)
3- Earlier this spring, I couldn't get my bike lock to lock (the key wouldn't come out when I turned it to the lock position). I tried putting it in the freezer over night, spraying it with WD-40. No luck. I thought for sure I'd have to drop 50 or more dollars on a new lock. I brought it to B's and asked the guy (same blond guy who adjusted my handlebars last summer) if he had any idea what was causing it, or if I needed to buy a new lock. Within minutes he showed me the piece of metal that was in the way (some attachment I wasn't using). He removed it, and my bike lock was working once again. I was so thankful! He could have easily told me I needed to buy a new lock! (Side note: I had not even bought the lock from them, it was from another shop before I found B's!)
Recently, I picked up a charming new wicker basket (but have yet to install it) and I asked Brendan to see if he can find me some pink pedals. (I saw a girl with them during the bike tour and I want them!!!)
Based on all of my great experiences from B's Bikes, it is now the only bike shop I use. So when I needed the cruiser checked out before The 5 Boro Bike Tour, I brought it to their very capable staff. It was ready the next day and only cost about 20 bucks! What service!!
So if you need bike accessories, bike service or even a new bike...
...get yourself to B's Bikes in Greenpoint. They're open till 8pm. You won't be disappointed!
262 Driggs Ave
at the corner of Eckford
(between Eckford St & Leonard St)
Brooklyn, NY 11222