Why do I feel like John Lomax got a discount on his bike for writing this, again? It will be interesting to see if West End now gets less love at the Press, and more love at Houstonia Magaizine, Lomax's new home. I agree with the other commenter about BlueLine being tops, but hey, to each their own.
Best Bike Shop Houston 2013 - West End Cycles
A rider recently posted to the Critical Mass Houston Facebook page to complain about a half-assed bike tuneup he'd received at one of those chain bicycle shops. "They took it in and two minutes later it rode out — they just shifted thru the gears and said it was fine." That sort of thing would never happen at West End. Blaine Grove and his team care about cyclists — all kinds of cyclists — whether you're looking for a daily commuter, a Dutch-style bike or something to ride in the MS 150. They'll even let you test-drive infinite styles through their Memorial Park-area neighborhood. The store's employees are almost all daily riders who won't hesitate to show your their own rig, and most are willing to make quick adjustments for you on the fly if you happen to be in the neighborhood. The best part, though, is that the service you'll get comes without snark or a "holier than thou" attitude, no matter what you ride. Plus they house an awesome vintage bike collection — not for sale, unfortunately.
West End is good, and it's good to see someone getting a little recognition after Blue Line was chosen Best Bike Shop forever. Boones is the other one in the holy trinity of Bike Shops
@Mark Just walked out of Blue Line - dude sitting on a chair behind the register saying fuck fuck FUCK fuck motherfuck the whole time he worked on some dinky, uncooperative electronic thing while we wandered about for 10 minutes.