That's what I'm talking about! BEHIND BARS employees are down to earth and real. That's what you get with your bike, down to earth and real.
Best Bike Shop - 2009
Picking a best bike shop is like picking the best pint of Ben & Jerry's; it will always be up for debate. But in a quiet section of Northeast, Behind Bars roars like a fearsome tiger. It could be the rock that blasts inside the shop, or just the selection of bikes for people who like to ride. Masi, Kona, Gunnar, and Salsa are some of the brands carried: not the huge names, but mid-sized outfits geared toward the simple enjoyment of pedaling. What sets them apart from the pack is their dedication to getting folks atop two wheels even outside the shop. The Behind Bars logo can be seen flying at local races from the brisk Stupor Bowl to the Coldsprints held inside the Nomad World Pub. The shop also has some of the area's most affordable, quality tune-ups to get your ride riding strong. The workers at Behind Bars make all feel welcome. And if you like eye candy, EAI Bare Knuckle track bikes are available to order.
Erik's is successful advertises and services and sells a lot of bikes in the twin cities, but anyone who is intimately involved with one of their shops knows they suck.
They don't pay their mechanics enough, they have their employees fill out the form for best bike shop--hearsay-(just like Penn does) and care more about pulling a profit than than anything.
I came to Behind Bars after they won this category in 2005 and have been a customer ever since. Chuck is one of the nicest, most honest guys in the mpls bike industry. Big props to him and the other employees who make this place a shining beacon for all things bike.
Seems like the same bike shop wins readers choice every year. Why doesn't he City Pages ever pick them?