Jack and Adam’s Bicycles

Jack and Adam's BicyclesBuying a bicycle in the 21st century is more involved than in the days when I wandered into Toys”R”Us the week before Christmas and picked out a bike for my kid based mostly on the color. Maybe it’s just the difference between the cost of the toys but these days serious bike riders head to serious bike shops. We have three in our neighborhood. After checking out Bicycle Sports Shop and Austin Tri-Cyclist, we ended up at Jack & Adam’s Bicycles next to Chuy’s on Barton Springs Road.

The staff is knowledgable without being intimidating to the beginner. That’s important to me when I’m in a specialty shop of any kind. I like to draw on other’s expertise but I don’t want to feel like the rank amateur I am. After assessing AJ’s basic requirements (entry level road bike with an eye on a future triathlon), the assistant pulled down a couple of similar bikes and went over their features and explained the differences between them. The next step was to take AJ’s measurements to see what size frame suited him best. Apparently it’s more important to tailor a bicycle to your body than it is an expensive suit–with a suit you just have to look sharp; with a bike you have to perform and be comfortable. There are no off-the-rack bikes here.

AJ scheduled a test drive of both bikes. On the return trip, each bike was set up on a stand so the staff could evaluate his position on it and adjust the fit before letting him take the bikes out for the road test. A couple of hours and many dollars later, AJ was an extremely satisfied customer in possession of a new bike, new shoes, new helmet, and various accessories. The staff never came off as merely salespeople–maybe because at various times both Jack and Adam were there helping us. We left feeling we’d found a new resource for our biking needs–a local, community resource.

1 Comment so far

  1. Constance Reader (unregistered) on August 6th, 2006 @ 10:49 am

    Jack & Adam’s is my LBS, and for all of the reasons you list. They’ve always been so helpful and laid back, I go there for anything and everything bike related. And they’re that way with every level of rider, no elitism here.

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