Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: S.E. Pennsylvania, USA
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You're describing the first bike shop I worked in. Riders of all abilities and interests would come into the shop, spend hours just sitting around "shooting the bull". The shop manger/head mechanic/owner was more than happy to have people bring in stuff to swap. He also did an interesting thing related to "trade ins". First, he would take them. Second, he would sometimes hook up a person wishing to trade in a bike with someone looking for that type of bike, if he couldn't give them what it was worth. There was also always a pot of coffee on, and usually some baked goods that someone would bring it. Everyone eventually got a nickname... if they came in often enough.