On Thorndon Quay we Wellingtonians have a new bike shop. iRIDE have been open since just before Christmas. I haven’t been inside, and I can’t yet comment on their service, but they are carrying Globe bikes for sale and for hire. Globe is the city bike range from Specialised. It’s great to see practical upright city bikes for hire in town.
Bike Barn in liquidation
In other local bike shop news, I am sorry to hear that we are losing Bike Barn on Wakefield Street, who have gone into liquidation. I have dropped into Bike Barn on several occasions and found the guys there a brilliant help with impromtu bike repairs. They very rarely charged much (and sometimes nothing) for their help, and it seemed that they wanted to share their expertise rather than just sell some product. Perhaps this was their downfall.
I’ll need to find a new friendly shop in the city for these unanticipated events. I’ve had quite discouraging experiences in another city centre bike shop. I was looking for a replacement bolt for my mudguard stays, but my request for help was brusquely dismissed, as the salesman made a dash past me to a mature gentleman browsing among the high end road bikes. Now of course the sting in the tale for the salesman was that the mature gentleman in among the road bikes was my Dad who was just passing time waiting for me. The salesman apologised to my Dad for not being able to help me, and my permanent loss as a customer was finalised.
So I tried Bike Barn who were brilliant. The assistant spent some time searching catalogues, phoning their supplier to check on the dimensions, and ordering the item in for me. And all for a grand total of $10. Shame to see them go.