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    a fun thread: you own a LBS, what bike brands would you carry?

    I'll start this out:

    IRO Cycle - great customer service means you'll get an answer quick on product. and, of all the companies out there, IRO seems to be the only one who can sell single cog bikes that aren't built full of crap parts and left overs.

    Jamis - probably the last big bike maker whose catalog contains a bunch of cool bikes made out of good 'ol Reynolds steel. Really a great value.

    Action Bent - nice affordable recumbent bikes. the trike is especially a killer deal that nobody can seem to touch.

    Rivendell - lovely bikes. Atlantis, Rambo, Saluki, QuickBeam


    Notes: Gunnar, Heron, and Waterford would be welcome. But the amount of customization possible might make them a bit expensive to keep them all in house. Would perhaps size people up and make money off the labor and parts.
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    Easy, I'll only carry bikes made in "communist" countries.

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    Thumbs up for Jamis

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    Tomac, Cannondale, Litespeed, and Intense. Living in michigan, I would be going out of buisness the same day that I opened.
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    You really can't make this decision because if another local LBS has all the major brands, you might have to stock lesser brands like Raleigh.

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    definitely an OCP corner with all the latest goodies...

    also a coffee/juice bar
    free WiFi
    and a barber's chair

    I don't think I can support my wife by selling only bikes.....
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    well, since I want to make money...

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    True dat. Economics would mandate at least two of the 'big three' (Trek, C-dale, Specialized). Specialized is just about a given because they have great product that is only available through their dealers. Also: Bianchi, Merckx, LeMond, Moots, Serotta, Steelman, Colnago, Cervelo, Jamis, and local brands (that I'm no fan of--go figure) Surly and Salsa. Figure you've got most bases covered on-order and stock what sells. I think the trick is to serve your weekend warriors faithfully and still develop a following among some more 'serious' groups. Probably have Tri and commuter sections in the store. Rental DIY work stations as well. Call it $10/hr (free lube & solvent tank) + parts. Lastly: ride in parking with cubbies for your helmet/glasses/mess bag. It makes it easier to shop as a cyclist.
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    Orbea, Bianchi - for the road crowd.
    Kona, Niner - for the dirt crowd.
    Electra, Phat - because cruisers and choppers own.

    and whatever used stuff i could get my hands on.

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    If I were crazy enough to throw a few hundred thousand away on a bike shop I would go Boutique,
    At "le' Velo" Frames from various manufacturers would hang high on the walls. One section of the shop would display the bars and stems another section seats and seat posts, There would be drive trains all along the back wall and the ceiling would have a 100 wheels hanging from it. You would be fitted then you would select your frame and all the componets to go on it, I or my trusted staff would build your bike right before your eyes right after we confirm you have enough room on your major credit card. BTW No checks fool

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    Quote Originally Posted by velonomad
    If I were crazy enough to throw a few hundred thousand away on a bike shop I would go Boutique,
    At "le' Velo" Frames from various manufacturers would hang high on the walls. One section of the shop would display the bars and stems another section seats and seat posts, There would be drive trains all along the back wall and the ceiling would have a 100 wheels hanging from it. You would be fitted then you would select your frame and all the componets to go on it, I or my trusted staff would build your bike right before your eyes right after we confirm you have enough room on your major credit card. BTW No checks fool
    Frames? You'd have frames? My customers would get to select their tubeset guided by experienced framebuilders. Paint could be selected from dozens of patterns and a full PPG pallette.

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    Huffy, Next and Magna

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    Quote Originally Posted by ad6mj
    Huffy, Next and Magna
    hmmm. since Wal-Mart's got 4.16 billion shares outstanding and you'd need 51% to "own" it:

    you only need around $114.4 bn to make your dream come true (based on their 52 week high). you'd probably have too sell your soul.

    but at least you'd make money.

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    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.....
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    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

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    Quote Originally Posted by djtrackie
    well, since I want to make money...

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    Bingo! Those are the bread & butter brands. Carry 2 or 3 of those to pay the bills, then pick whatever botique lines you want.

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    How about Yamaha, Honda, MV...

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    I'd start with:

    1) GT - because they can only go up and I'm convinced that with their current commitment back to the IBD (that it will take awhile but my guess is that) within 4-5 years they will again be among the leaders in product development. Diverse in product selection. Hot bikes in all catagories

    2) Felt - Bill Duehring "The Guy" responsible for making GT a product leader is at the helm of Felt. They are big globally as well. They are diverse in product selection.

    3) I might add a few import frame lines that are unique.

    4) Would have a third line that specializes in SS/fixed gear bikes

    5) Maybe a fourth line that speciaizes in freeride/jumping bikes

    That would be enough. I wouldn't want Trek or Specialized because they are over distributed making it difficult to make a margin. Have sold Cannondale in the past and too many of there product innovations are just plain stupid. Have sold almost every brand in the past (Panasonic, Bianchi, Diamondback, Centurion, Cannonwhale, Specialized, Trek, Fuji, Nishiki and a host of others and many have great bikes but the companies behind them are horrible to deal with.

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    Bacchetta, Turner, Rans (all recumbents)

    Kona, Electra, Trek (good hybrids & entry levels + MTB in Trek & Kona)

    Surly (gotta cover the touring crowd)

    Merlin, Giant, Specialized (gotta make $$ somewhere!)

    Of course, what do **I** know?

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    bianchi, lemond, surly, serotta, indy fab, LOOK, cannondale

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    Orbea, I love mine, never heard of it 'till I test rode it. Nice bikes.
    Cannondale, Again I love my Full Suspension MTB... But why, on their road bikes, can you only get Campy on european models?

    Trek, good bikes, bread and butter because of the name.

    Lightspeed
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    Maybe others, but that's where I would start.
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    At my LBS, I would sell:

    Rans--the Fusion is instantly lovable, or was for me.

    Breezer--a company that believes in bikes-as-transportation. (What a concept!)

    Cycle Genius--I admire a company with enough self-confidence to call itself that.

    I would stay away from the most popular, big-name, mainstream brands because I want to be different.

    I would not make much money in my LBS, but it wouldn't matter because I would be an eccentric billionaire who would promote cycling as part of my service to humanity.

    The road to my shop would have one car lane and four wide bike lanes. (My LBS would be located on my estate, so I would get to decide how the road was built.)

    Also, I would let some kind of large animals (elephants? rhinos?) graze in the 1000-acre field beside the shop, just for show.

    Well, this is getting out of hand. I'd better stop. But as my dad used to say, if you're going to dream, dream big!

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    1) Trek
    2) Gary Fisher
    3) Specialized
    4) Tommaso
    5) Ellsworth
    and finally, 6) Roadmaster (no dual suspension)
    I'd sell Roadmasters for slightly more than the X-mart boxes sell them for, but I'd have a certified mechanic set up the bikes so parents would know the bike was assembled correctly. I'd use them as a 'Come On' to attract new customers. Hopefully, they buy more than the bike or they buy a better bike from the other brands I've listed. If I couldn't obtain Roadmaster, I'd try for another bargain, x-mart type brand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roccobike
    1) Trek
    2) Gary Fisher
    3) Specialized
    4) Tommaso
    5) Ellsworth
    and finally, 6) Roadmaster (no dual suspension)
    I'd sell Roadmasters for slightly more than the X-mart boxes sell them for, but I'd have a certified mechanic set up the bikes so parents would know the bike was assembled correctly. I'd use them as a 'Come On' to attract new customers. Hopefully, they buy more than the bike or they buy a better bike from the other brands I've listed. If I couldn't obtain Roadmaster, I'd try for another bargain, x-mart type brand.
    There's something to be said for Roadmasters. I just got into cycling this summer and was on a very tight budget (one kid almost in college, another well into braces.) I "inherited" an older, made-in-USA Roadmaster, which helped get me riding. It's not a fancy bike--10 speed, no suspension, no QR's anywhere, entry-level Shimano components--but it's carried me over 1700 miles since August with only minor maintenance and adjustments. Eventually, I plan to upgrade my ride--but even then, I'm going to hang onto my Roadmaster for running errands, fun rides, etc. It kind of reminds me of my first car, an old (very used) VW Bug: it doesn't turn any heads, it's not fast, but it gets me where I want to go, and the price was impossible to beat.

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