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Montlake Bike Shop

Hairstylists may have to tolerate clients droning on about bad boyfriends and office rivalries, but bike-shop staffers are the ultimate masters of the art of listening patiently. Although they frequently don't care about your plans to shave two ounces from your stem or your carbo-loading strategy for an upcoming race, the best wrenches never show it. Few mechanics are kinder and more tactful than those in the employ of Montlake Bike Shop, an outfit that embodies the spirit of cycling. And if you don't care about your stem or racing either, Montlake's just as handy: Staffers know the bikes they're selling, and encourage lengthy test rides. HANNA RASKIN 2223 24th Ave. E., 329-7333, montlakebike.com

 
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