Where to get a bike fixed?

bike pedal mediumSuper Girl asks via Twitter:

just searched @alloveralbany for recommendations on bike repair shops in the area, but got no results. please help! have no clue where 2 go!

We checked, too, and it doesn't look like we've had this question before.

So, where should Super Girl go to get her bike fixed?

Earlier on AOA:
+ Summer school: Buying a bicycle
+ 2010: Ask AOA: Where to buy a bike

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Downtube Bicycle Works in Albany, of course.
466 Madison Ave. Albany, New York 12208

I think the best bicycle mechanic around here is Bill at Adirondack Bicycles in Scotia. He really knows his stuff.

I highly recommend Downtube. downtubebicycleworks.com

broadwaybicycleco.com
ckcycles.com
maddogbicycles.com

Downtube Bicycle Works on Madison in Downtown Albany

Bluesky Bicycles, Elevate Bicycles, Spa City Bicycle Works all in Saratoga Springs.

I don't have any experience with these purveyors, these are just the ones I know about.

1. CK Cyles (formerly Klarsfeld's Schwinn Cyclery) on central ave. in colonie (near colonie center)
http://www.ckcycles.com/
http://blog.timesunion.com/bike/ara-what-happened-to-klarsfelds/5179/

2. Down Tube on Madison in Albany towards downtown (near lark st.)
http://downtubebicycleworks.com

There are other local ones in Delmar, Troy, etc. to recommend but I would say these are some of the best in the Albany area.

I have been a customer of Klarsfelds (now CK cycles) for over 20 years.

CK Cycles on Central Ave (near the Northway Mall/Colonie Center). They're awesome.

http://www.ckcycles.com/service

DIY! Bike repair/maintenance is stupid expensive. All you need ares some basic tools and an internet/youtube connection.

I actually don't love Downtube, sorry to say. I brought my bike there a few times and got basically a non-fix fix on a broken cassette that they didn' t even realize was cracked. Didn't go back.

I now go to CK.

I'll also throw in for CK. :) which reminds me, I should get my bike out of my basement... ;)

Mad Dog Bicycles in Delmar has a good reputation.

http://www.maddogbicycles.com/

Both Downtube and CK are good shops if you're looking for something in Albany. I've purchased bikes from both of them and also had service done.

Downtube also periodically offers a DIY bike maintenance workshop through Knowledge Network that's worth the investment. It'll give you an idea about the basic tools you need to carry with you and how to fix a flat.

I like Bike Barn in downtown Cohoes. Got a pretty recent tune up (while I waited!) and it was reasonable

http://www.bikebarncycles.com

If you want to learn how to fix your own ride, you should check out Troy Bike Rescue or Albany Bike Rescue. They both offer workshops & advice on bike repair for free or a small donation. They are great resources we are fortunate to have in our community.

http://www.troybikerescue.org/
http://albanybikerescue.com/

I've had good work done at both Broadway Bikes in Albany (which is related to Plaine & Sons), and at Steiner's (Valatie, Glenmont).

The Bike Blog at the TU also keeps a running list, re-posted from time to time, of local bike shops.

Bike Barn in Cohoes, yes, but also DIY. Bike repair is pretty simple and rewarding.

Also recommend Bike Bard in Cohoes. I had a bike rack "incident" that destroyed both tires among other things. They did a great job fixing everything.

thanks for all the recommendations everyone! i'm in delmar so i might check out maddog first & work my way around albany after that for estimates.
unfortunately the last time i rode my bike (3 years ago) it went down hard due to my crazy dog chasing some wild turkeys. it seems the frame is slightly bent and i have no clue what to do to fix it, or if it is even fixable. for general maintenance i would probably try the diy route. i love how aoa is such a great resource in the area. thanks for posting my question!

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