Robbo wrote:The good thing about Senova is that the guy in there is clearly a passionate cyclist himself who is channeling that passion into a business.
I went into the other lot around the corner last year to enquire about servicing etc but wasn't overly impressed with their response. In the same way you wouldn't take a Ferrari to a back street car mechanic, you don't take a quality bike for some TLC to people who don't really seem that bothered about your custom!!
Interesting. I do most bike stuff myself, but have used Highway Cycles for a few things that I didn't have the tools or knowledge to do myself. Always found them friendly, helpful and competent (Tom is an excellent and knowledgeable mechanic). Turnaround times can be a bit on the long side, especially in summer. What I really like is the fact that they aren't bike snobs, which I've experienced before when taking my heavily-upgraded-but-still-clearly-budget road bike in (which I love - wouldn't swap it for all the carbon in China).
It looks like there's not much overlap between the two businesses, with Senova targeting higher end road bikes and Highway taking the low-to-mid range road and MTB. Hope they both flourish. After all, the more bikes the better.