R&A Cycles is a high end retailer with wholesale quantities. Tricked out Litespeeds and Specialized's in the front windows hardly betray the vast quantity of high end frames and equipment within the three tiered shop.
With consistently negative feedback from online reviewers, service is often called snobby and rude. Many will look past this to the undeniably vast quantities of high end frames and equipment.
The mid-section of the shop is full of thick-tubed tri-bikes, including Quintana Roo's new Lucero. Near the back, late model Looks, Colnagos, and De Rosa's lead to a lower end section with Giants, Bianchis, LeMonds, and more.
R&A is one of the few shops around that has Sidi's special edition holagraphic print available, next to Shimano, Northwave, DMT, and others. A Tri Section holds Quintana Roos and other models with huge downtubes and blue shifter cables weaving in and out of the frames.
Many will choose to take their bikes in for service elsewhere where an individual bike might get a little more attention, but for buying a new bike or special equipment for a current one, few shops come close to R&A.
Children's bikes and entry level models seem misplaced within the shop but R&A has a decent section for both. Clothing runs the gamut from low end tri-gear to Assos's three layered glove system and finer offerings from Giordana.
If you're looking for ceramic bearings as smooth as a euro pedal stroke - R&A has it - but take a search for basic commuting gear elsewhere. R&A Cycles is New York City's 'finest' retailer of only the finest bikes, but some ask if reliable service is sacrificed for image and speed.
For the winter of 2008 R&A will be open 7 days a week, from 10-7 PM and 10-6PM on Saturdays.
5th Ave @ Baltic Street, Brooklyn, NYLitespeed, De Rosa, Pinarello, Colnago, Look, Time, Bianchi, LeMond, Giant, Quintana Roo, Kuota, Eddy Merckx, Cervelo, Trek.
DMT, Laser, Specialized, Sidi, Shimano, Assos, Giordana, Campagnalo, SRAM equipment.