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Old 09-20-05, 06:44 PM   #1
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How to get the bike to the LBS?

The first two times, I needed to leave a bike at the LBS. I would ride in and walk out and walk in to pick it up and ride out, but the last time I left one of my bikes at the LBS. I rode in one, left the other and rode out then rode in on the other, put the recently fixed bike on my sholder and rode off. Has anyone else dne this? Am I crazy? How do people leave there bike at the LBS?
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Old 09-20-05, 06:48 PM   #2
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sorry about the copy. I wanted to make a change, but it was too late. Does anyone know how to delete a personal made thread.
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Old 09-20-05, 07:27 PM   #3
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I know that this really isn't the answer to the question that you asked but:

The best LBS in Pittsburgh for parts and repair also allows you to work on bikes in the shop. THe owner explains what you need to do and lets you go at it. That way it is done the same day and no need to bring two bikes. Is there anything like this where you are? There is also a place called "free ride" where you can fix your own bike as well.

If you are ever in Pittsburgh you should pay Jerry a visit.
http://www.panoramafactory.com/kraynick/entrance.html
http://www.dirtragmag.com/print/arti...int.php?ID=391

Also Free Ride (click on the "freeride" button on the left.)
http://www.bike-pgh.org/
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Very simply. I put my bike (or bikes) on my bike rack on the car and drive to the shop. So, I guess your question needs to be re-phrased: "How do people without cars get their bikes to the LBS?"
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Old 09-21-05, 07:36 AM   #5
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When I was in school, sometimes when the need arose we would ride one bike and with one hand on the stem of another bike, roll it alongside. Stopping is a bit tricky.

Seems that this was common at some time in the past... The law in Oz states a rider must only ride one bicycle at a time.
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I've pretty much stopped going to the LBS because it was such a pain taking my bike there. They have inconvenient hours and no parking. What I used to do is take my bike down in my car the night before and lock it up, and then bike over when they were open and walk it in. Reverse the procedure to get the bike back. Ironically there was nothing to lock a bike to anywhere near the shop and I had to lock it a few blocks away.

If I were to do it again I think I might try putting the bike in my bike trailer.
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The first two times, I needed to leave a bike at the LBS. I would ride in and walk out and walk in to pick it up and ride out, but the last time I left one of my bikes at the LBS. I rode in one, left the other and rode out then rode in on the other, put the recently fixed bike on my sholder and rode off. Has anyone else dne this? Am I crazy? How do people leave there bike at the LBS?
No public transportation in that area?
No time to walk?
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Old 09-21-05, 10:47 AM   #8
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I have a pretty hardcore, and cheap backpack (I've reinforced all the seams with my mad sewing skills!), so I wouldn't suggest this with expensive or weak, they might be destroyed.

Unstrap the shoulder straps. Put them through the frame, left to right, rotate the handlebars to the right, and put the right strap through the front wheel. restrap the backpack, and tighten it up nicely. Ride home.
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Old 09-21-05, 12:12 PM   #9
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I have a pretty hardcore, and cheap backpack (I've reinforced all the seams with my mad sewing skills!), so I wouldn't suggest this with expensive or weak, they might be destroyed.

Unstrap the shoulder straps. Put them through the frame, left to right, rotate the handlebars to the right, and put the right strap through the front wheel. restrap the backpack, and tighten it up nicely. Ride home.
I think we need to see a picture of this.
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Come on. Your in Boston. Take the T, outside of off peak hours or they won't let you take your bike on the train!
or walk.
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Outside of peak hours, I am in school or the bike shop is closed. The distance from the bike shop to my place is rather far, so walking is a big time investment which is not a plus while a student.
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I think we need to see a picture of this.
My bike's on campus right now, but I'll oblige this weekend for sure!
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