What is a great community without a great, neighborhood bike shop? Especially one that’s been in the neighborhood for 20 years! In this day and age we don’t often find a small, neighborhood business with that bragging right, but Richard Hodge, who owns Cycle Analyst, can make that claim and still works everyday at the shop.
Cycle Analyst is the quintessential neighborhood bike shop with knowledgeable, experienced mechanics available for advise, repairs, tune-ups or complete overhauls. If you’re in the market for a new bike, look no further. They carry road bikes, hybrids, cruisers, mountain bikes, single speed, commuters, tandem and yes, even unicycles, from over a dozen manufacturers. Accessories, oh yeah, and parts- WOW! If you walk in and can’t find something, just ask and chances are very likely that they have it on hand or can get it to you quickly. Ever been told that a part doesn’t exist anymore? Odds are that Cycle Analyst has it in stock in their massive inventory or can find it for you. They’re not pushy about getting you into a new bike, but care about making sure that what you currently ride is up to date and safe and will be honest about letting you know if your bike is worth putting the money into. Often times it’s just not worth the expense.
Cycle Analyst sells new bicycles and almost always has some cool vintage bikes for sale, (remember the Schwinn Varsity?) along with clothing, tires, tubes, wheelsets, shocks, pumps, locks, tools, nutrition, headsets, fixie conversion parts, panniers,racks, baskets, helmets, etc, etc, etc and an impressive inventory of used parts.
One more thing of interest about Cycle Analyst is their passion for a good saddle. They have been awarded, by Brooks England, the coveted 5 Rivet Award this year for being an “Outstanding Brooks Dealer”. They carry over 2 dozen different Brooks leather saddles and various Brooks leather toolbags. If you are not familiar with Brooks Saddles, it is worth going in and taking a peek, because they are a true handmade work of art that have been in business since 1866. Beware, if you are a cycling enthusiast, you will leave with something (but not regret it). If you’re in need of a saddle upgrade or are building your perfect single speed, go on in and find out which Brooks saddle is just right for you. Though you may find them a little spendy, keep in mind – this is the last saddle you’ll ever purchase as they last virtually forever and get more comfortable over the years.
If you find yourself in the West Wash Park neighborhood and find you’re low on air stop by Cycle Analyst they have free air available out front.