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Best Bike Shop 

Valencia Cyclery

Unless you plan to wear tight shorts and shave your legs, deciding which bike to buy should be easy, and it shouldn't take all day. For those who want a city bike, Valencia Cyclery won't try to sell you a Rockhopper or something you can lift with your pinkie. Good, honest advice and a pressure-free atmosphere keep this store -- and its bustling repair outlet a few doors down -- moving. Bargains are easy to find, especially when last season's models show up at significant discounts, clearly marked with red tags. Plus, with every new bike purchase you get 90 days of break-in adjustments, along with a full checkup at three months, which includes inspecting brakes, cables, gears, and other things you'll never think twice about, such as wheel bearings.

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