Join Date: May 2012
Location: North of Canada, Adirondacks, NNJ
Bikes: Too many
Originally Posted by Shamrock
The bike shops around here are disappointing also.I visit 4.Shop 1 has few bikes and tires in stock.Reason Most of his customers know what bike they want and just order from him.The last set of tires he said he can order them for me(I can do that and pay less) I came here because I just thought you might have something in stock that I wanted to buy.BECAUSE I want it now.Shop 2 Owner speaks with a heavy accent I'm missing about 20% of what he is saying.I'm not sure sometimes if I bought a bike or sold him a bike.When I ask him a question he replies "you know more about bikes than I do".Shop 3 Father and son shop.I always have the father wait on me.Not by choice.Every thing I ask him he runs it by his son when he frees up some time.This drives me crazy.I did need a part once and the father told the son what I needed.The son finished up with a customer and looked for the part.he spent about 20 mins searching came up with it and charged me a buck. So I remember the help.Shop 4 This guy has sales and if you stop in once in awhile one can pick up a good deal.Last visit he asked if he could be of help.I replied just browsing.Shop was now buzzing with customers,I'm trying to get some help now.Forget it.he is ignoring me.There are good shops according to friends that ride but they are all at least 45 mins away.So I make do with these reality show bike shops.Here is an idea well a thought out bike shop trained people on the floor.A franchised LBS.Or do they exist already.
REI in East Hanover has knowledgable and friendly staff. They don't keep a real deep parts inventory of small parts, but for tools, cables, bottom bracket cartridges, and accessories, they are very good.
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving. Albert Einstein
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