ssblade is right, we spend a lot of time talking about the shops that do us wrong, and maybe we should spend a little more time talking about the ones we love. Positive reenforcement like.
My shop of choice is Imperial. no doubt about it. Joe and Ted have been great to me. For service, I wont go anywhere else. I dont try to nickel and dime them, and in return I think they might not be charging me for all the hours they actually spend on my rat bikes. they are pretty much straight as an ruler, they do it right and well. And the only problem I had, they pulled all the stops to make sure I was happy and satisfied customer. they also give me a good price on gear, which I dn't take advantage of nearly enough.
Bomax, what can I say, I have met him only once, but he made a very good impression. it was a nice sunny day, and all I wanted to do was ride. But ends up I had a flat tire. it was a monday, so Impreial was closed. A friend took me to Bomax to see if they were opened. When I got there, John dropped everything, got on the ground and spent 10 minutes fixings a leaking plug in my rear tire, with smile and all. All I got charged was a handshake. Hey, a plug isnt much, but he did it well, with a smile and for free. What else can you ask for. Add to that a lot of people swear by him, and I never heard a complaint about him, he should be somebody you consider.
5thgear, there is something to be said about getting your work done by a certified Hero(I should stop calling him that, I don't think he likes it too much ). I have yet to get any actual work done on my bike by Bill, but there is a few cool things I sure would like him to perform on my bike. He can expect to see a whole lot more of me in the coming summer. best of all, I wouldn't be the first one to point out that Bill tries his best to support the community. And Diesel just kills me, that dog is too funny. If you need anything Bill, just ask.
There are other people, like Amber/Rob at RMS, bieu at pacyam, Tracy at carter coquitlam, that have been good to me or the girly. And a cast of other people that I have yet to meet. I dont think I have forgotten anybody, sorry if I did.
OK, enough brown nosing/ass kissing from me, what are your best personnal experiances, and best place to deal with? Has anybody done anything to help you that stands out?