Fellow cyclists, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Savile Road, a custom bike shop in Delmar. The owner, Steven LeBoyer, recently invited me to visit his bike shop so I could see what he was up to and what he wants to do.
If you can imagine yourself on a custom made bike, I would suggest you make arrangements to visit Steven. When I first walked in his shop, I was surprised at what was missing; bikes. He did not have the usual stock pile of bikes many of his competitors do. When I asked about this, he answered he was not a dealer of any of the big bike manufacturers (i.e. Giant, Specialized, Trek, etc.) so he didn't have to have a lot of inventory on the floor. Thus, he didn't have a quota to meet, so no high pressured salesmen or sales tactics needed. I found him to be a nice human being who just so happens to be very knowledgeable of bikes and the bike industry.
Before going on his own earlier this year, Steven worked at Serotta in Saratoga Springs, so the man knows quality bikes when he see's one. To prove his point, I saw a number of custom bikes and bike frames in his shop which he says he loves to show. He also has an 80th Anniversary Campagnolo groupo in his showcase that caught my eye he said he offers to all of his customers who are looking for something special to add to their bike. But, I was most impressed when he told me if he didn't have what you wanted, he could get you whatever you want. In addition, he likes to help anyone on a bike, whether they need a small adjustment to their components or are looking for advice on their next bike purchase.
Steven has a nice Facebook page for his Savile Road shop where his phone number and store hours are listed. The bikes Savile Road sells include Serotta, Gunnar Cyccles, K. Bedford Customs, Pegoretti, and Alchemy bikes. He is in the process of expanding his custom bike brand offering but couldn't share the details (can you blame him). Steven is a fit specialist, having worked in the Serotta Fit Laboratory for years, and has the SICI Fit Bike to back it up (pictured below). Unfortunately, I did not meet his master mechanic, Dave Pitts, whom he had nothing but great things to say about.
What I enjoyed most of all about Savile Road is the atmosphere, it's friendly and welcoming. So, if you're in the neighborhood and shopping for a bike, stop by and ask Steven. While you're visiting, ask him about the name, Savile Road. How did his shop come to be known as Savile Road?