I have been here now for 10 days and I am still impressed by the bike shops. The range of products, the level of quality, the service you get, all of that is never to be found in Sweden. All bike shops offer a stand you can use, tools, air, help, coffe, not to mention, parking, safety and everything you need. You can find so many brands but still the level is so high you get thrilled.
I love also the way shops helps each other. As i noticed in SF last year you never get the answer ” no no idea” as you get in Sweden when a shop doesn’t offer what you are looking for. They call, show you maps, go online: they do everything they can to make you satisfied, which is great service.
I also love to you can go the major bike shops just to hang out with geeks like yourself. Have a coffe, read some magazine, chat with somebody. Very nice way to meet people. All bike shops, and i really mean ALL offer also free maps of the bike lanes system and that’s great if you are a tourist.
I have visited around 10 shops, if I wanna see them all I still have 55