maybe not the most exciting store to write about, but larry & jeff’s bicycles nyc isn’t really about excitement. it is about getting the basics. they provide really excellent service if you need help with your bike. since we have been in brooklyn for the past five years, we have yet to find a great shop nearby that will help get our bikes in order, answer our many questions especially when neither of us had ridden our bikes for a long long while. the ones nearby have tended to be filled with surly, unresponsive staff and not such a great stock of goods either. fortunately, it seems that two new bike shops have opened up in the borough (both bespokes bicycles in fort greene and the just opened brooklyn bicycles located at the intersection of 9th street and 6th avenue in park slope) and hopefully plan to fill the major bike service void out in south brooklyn though i went by bespokes bicycles yesterday and noticed they are only open till 6 – that’s not a promising sign.
at larry & jeff’s bicycles nyc, the staff have always been friendly and helpful, and most importantly reliable. so even now, even though we live a borough and a half away we still sometimes make the trek to get crucially needed equipment or a tune-up. larr& jeff’s bicycles nyc also seems to have a strong basic stock of high quality bikes including canondales, giant and specialized as well as the cute folding dahon bicycles as well as an extensive range of accessories for the beginning cyclist to the avid triathloner and those pesky kids. now that our bikes desperately need a tune-up after living on our tiny terrace (it seems this lovely terrace was in fact only made for bike storage since it is not large enough to do anything else on it), it may be worth the trip to the upper east side for a reliable and reasonable check up. larry & jeff’s bicycles nyc, 1400 3rd avenue between 79th and 80th streets, manhattan, new york, 212.794.2929.