Denver >Bicycles > Collins' Bicycles
3217 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO | Directions 8020639.740153 -104.949258
Neighborhoods: Northeast Denver, City Park
very knowledgable – He is a very knowledgeable fellow. He has given me free advice more than once and is always concise in his directions. He has always been open whenever I go by. He is the only shop owner to tell me what actually works for thorns, without trying to sell me that expensive slime junk (it clogs the air valves, is relativly expensive and is messy). He has discouraged me from buying old bikes a few times, because they are hard to find parts for. He is relativly patient compared to other places for rookie question types like me.
There is bad and then there is Collins' Bicycles. – This guy is the worst:
- He makes up his store hours as he goes along. Closed Sundays and Mondays and leaves signs up on days he is "open". I went down two different times before he was actually there.
- Dismissive, aloof, obtuse. He acts like you are encroaching on his TV time in the back, which he was watching when I finally caught him at "work". The back tire on my bike was flat and he told me to "bring it back on Tuesday when I've got some more room. Today is a zoo." There was plenty of room, and if it was such a zoo then maybe he should do something besides watch soap operas. His manner is very abrasive.
- Cost is improvised. Apparently it costs close to 25$ to get one back tube replaced? I think not; I called several other bike shops in the area and got anywhere from the 14-18$ range WITH a thorn resistant tube plus labor. He was civil during the money exchange, but with that kind of robbery he had every reason to smile.
In short, it is time for this guy to pass the torch or retire. If he is so uninterested in doing his job then there is plenty of time to sell his shop and watch soap operas in a convalescents home.
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