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I love the theory of Recycled Bicycles. I really want to get a bicycle and start riding to up my fitness, but haven't decided which route to take. I'm thinking of a road bike because it seems everyone and their sisters are doing charity rides this year. I had heard of Recycled Bicycles from one the parents from my daughter's playgroup and decided to pay them a visit. They did have a couple of road bikes, but they weren't exactly what I was looking for. I think for my purpose it would be better to go new than used, however, I did find some great bikes that my son may be getting one of these days.

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I love the theory of Recycled Bicycles. I really want to get a bicycle and start riding to up my fitness, but haven't decided which route to take. I'm thinking of a road bike because it seems everyone and their sisters are doing charity rides this year. I had heard of Recycled Bicycles from one the parents from my daughter's playgroup and decided to pay them a visit. They did have a couple of road bikes, but they weren't exactly what I was looking for. I think for my purpose it would be better to go new than used, however, I did find some great bikes that my son may be getting one of these days.

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I went to Recycles Bike Shop to ask some questions and possibly get two new tires. Shortly after entering, a young gentleman came to my assistance, although he seemed distracted by the attractive girl who was standing behind us. He answered my questions, but I was unsure if he gave me a real answer, or if he was just trying to coerce me into buying a bunch of unnecessary items. I agreed only to purchase the tires, and he then followed that up with saying that I would need new tubes, and he could install all this for a nominal fee (wheel labor = $5).
I meekly explained that I already had a new tube with me and not much money, so I could change the tires myself. Ah yes, he understood where I was coming from and insisted that he show me the proper way to change a tire at NO CHARGE and then I could do the other wheel myself. I skeptically agreed. At this point, a higher paying customer came in asking for a kick stand to be installed (yes), so I was told to wait.
About 10 minutes later, the first gentleman returned and told me that some other boy was going to give me some tire-changing tutorial. I thanked him profusely for fear that he was going to try to rip me off, and watched the guy change the tire -- really teaching me nothing I didn't already know -- and talking to me like I was autistic. Behind my back, the first gentleman took the other wheel and changed the tire, while adding a new tube. I KNEW he was going to charge for the labor despite our prior agreement.
We were checked out by some significantly older man who determined the bill by asking the first man who had helped me what I should be charged for. It included $5 worth of labor, a tube I didn't want to purchase to begin with, and two tires. Embarrassed, I pointed out that I had initially explained that I did not want the labor at all but had been told that I wouldn't be charged. The guy checking me out just kept saying things like "But you got the two tires put on, didn't you" and "Now you don't want to pay?" which really wasn't the case. Ultimately, he agreed to not charge for the labor, but definitely threw the debit card at us on the counter and mumbled various insulting comments under his breath. His insults became more audible once we made our way towards the exit.

Overall, it was an awful experience and I will probably never go back to that place again.

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I went to Recycles Bike Shop to ask some questions and possibly get two new tires. Shortly after entering, a young gentleman came to my assistance, although he seemed distracted by the attractive girl who was standing behind us. He answered my questions, but I was unsure if he gave me a real answer, or if he was just trying to coerce me into buying a bunch of unnecessary items. I agreed only to purchase the tires, and he then followed that up with saying that I would need new tubes, and he could install all this for a nominal fee (wheel labor = $5).
I meekly explained that I already had a new tube with me and not much money, so I could change the tires myself. Ah yes, he understood where I was coming from and insisted that he show me the proper way to change a tire at NO CHARGE and then I could do the other wheel myself. I skeptically agreed. At this point, a higher paying customer came in asking for a kick stand to be installed (yes), so I was told to wait.
About 10 minutes later, the first gentleman returned and told me that some other boy was going to give me some tire-changing tutorial. I thanked him profusely for fear that he was going to try to rip me off, and watched the guy change the tire -- really teaching me nothing I didn't already know -- and talking to me like I was autistic. Behind my back, the first gentleman took the other wheel and changed the tire, while adding a new tube. I KNEW he was going to charge for the labor despite our prior agreement.
We were checked out by some significantly older man who determined the bill by asking the first man who had helped me what I should be charged for. It included $5 worth of labor, a tube I didn't want to purchase to begin with, and two tires. Embarrassed, I pointed out that I had initially explained that I did not want the labor at all but had been told that I wouldn't be charged. The guy checking me out just kept saying things like "But you got the two tires put on, didn't you" and "Now you don't want to pay?" which really wasn't the case. Ultimately, he agreed to not charge for the labor, but definitely threw the debit card at us on the counter and mumbled various insulting comments under his breath. His insults became more audible once we made our way towards the exit.

Overall, it was an awful experience and I will probably never go back to that place again.

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Surprise, surprise, my back wheel (bolt-on, not even quick-release!) got stolen at the Ashby BART. I walked on over to Recycles on Sacramento to buy a temporary tire to fit my temporary wheel (borrowed from a roommate).

They have so many used bike parts in here. For the most part, they seem to be organized well. I was able to snag a used tire for my not-as-common wheel size, and not only was the guy I talked to super nice, but because the tire wasn't in that great shape, he let me have it for free. (He was the owner or co-owner).

They're great, and they're doing a great thing in a town just filled with perfectly fine, used bike parts.

Oh, and they sell complete bikes and other parts as well. And offer an apprenticeship program for volunteers that want to work alongside their seasoned bike mechanics. The bike mechs, from my experience, are also down-to-earth and not elitist jerks like some other bike shops.

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Surprise, surprise, my back wheel (bolt-on, not even quick-release!) got stolen at the Ashby BART. I walked on over to Recycles on Sacramento to buy a temporary tire to fit my temporary wheel (borrowed from a roommate).

They have so many used bike parts in here. For the most part, they seem to be organized well. I was able to snag a used tire for my not-as-common wheel size, and not only was the guy I talked to super nice, but because the tire wasn't in that great shape, he let me have it for free. (He was the owner or co-owner).

They're great, and they're doing a great thing in a town just filled with perfectly fine, used bike parts.

Oh, and they sell complete bikes and other parts as well. And offer an apprenticeship program for volunteers that want to work alongside their seasoned bike mechanics. The bike mechs, from my experience, are also down-to-earth and not elitist jerks like some other bike shops.

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