Knowing the location of your local bicycle shop can save you hours of frustrating searching in the event something goes wrong. We have all probably seen at least one racer on the side of the road, tools in one hand, other hand balancing his or her several thousand dollars racing bike, making adjustments and calibrating any working part that does not feel right. Well, relax. You don’t have to be that proficient to enjoy your bike. However, if the bicycle is in need of assistance, it is nice to know who can help. What do you want? Most likely, either Great Basin Bicycles (part 1) or Bicycle Bananas(part 2) has it.
Great Basin Bicycles: 8048 S. Virginia St, Reno NV 89511 775-825-8258
Monday – Friday 10 – 6; Saturday 10 – 5
Great Basin Bicycles is another well-known shop in the Reno area. It has made a recent move further down Virginia Street, now located near Carpeteria and the Pink Scolari’s (a great grocery store, but the only one I’ve seen in the chain that is so pink it is hard to miss), off Hwy 395. Great Basin Bicycles is dedicated to getting you on the road and cycling. If your bike needs fixing, their commitment is repair service completed within 24 hours on most service repairs.
Bikes they carry include Raleigh, Yeti, Cannondale, Santa Cruz, Redline, and Pinarello, a bike whose history goes back to 1922. For an incredible history of Pinarello bikes, visit the UK’s Bonthrone Bikes, an online store that doesn’t carry Pinarello, but likes customers to be aware of their quality, website here. It’s a great story involving the eighth of twelve children, and how he made his dreams come true.
Great Basin keeps about 300 – 400 bikes in the store, with a price range from $200 to over $6,000, depending on what you are after.
One of the best things from Great Basin Bicycles, with the exception of their friendly, helpful staff, is that the owner, Rich Staley, offers a basic bicycle maintenance class. You will learn things like fixing a flat, adjusting the derailleur, and brake pad replacement. To arrange a class, you need four people with bikes that are interested in learning how to care for their own bike, and have $25 each to pay for the class. Find a time and day convenient for all, and call Rich at 775-825-8258 to set the class. It’s a good idea to have a second day and time planned, in case your first choice is already booked. Scout Leaders: this is a great idea for leaders and older scouts, and an extremely economical way to get those bikes tuned up before the tour for that next badge.
Nevada is proud to welcome cyclists, who have the opportunity to safely travel hundreds, even thousands, of miles through exceptional, natural beauty.