Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 12-29-05, 09:20 PM   #1
610
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Illinois
Bikes: Kona Hoss Deluxe, Rans Tailwind, KHS Solo One SE
Posts: 211
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
610 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-05, 09:24 PM   #2
slvoid
2-Cyl, 1/2 HP @ 90 RPM
 
slvoid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: NYC
Bikes: 04' Specialized Hardrock Sport, 03' Giant OCR2 (SOLD!), 04' Litespeed Firenze, 04' Giant OCR Touring, 07' Specialized Langster Comp
Posts: 15,762
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Easy, I'll only carry bikes made in "communist" countries.
slvoid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-05, 02:55 AM   #3
EricDJ
Airborne Titanium
 
EricDJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Los Angeles, California
Bikes: Airborne Ti Upright, Raleigh M-20 beater, Peugeot Folding
Posts: 952
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thumbs up for Jamis
EricDJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-05, 03:23 PM   #4
Michigander
Senior Member
 
Michigander's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Bikes: Giant ATX 1200, Schwinn Peleton
Posts: 1,724
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 54 Post(s)
Tomac, Cannondale, Litespeed, and Intense. Living in michigan, I would be going out of buisness the same day that I opened.
__________________
Bring back the Sig Test!


(\__/)
(='.'=)
(")_(")
Michigander is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-05, 03:36 PM   #5
Dahon.Steve
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: New Jersey
Bikes:
Posts: 6,837
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 35 Post(s)
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.
Dahon.Steve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-05, 03:39 PM   #6
roadfix
hello
 
roadfix's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Los Angeles
Bikes:
Posts: 18,567
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 11 Post(s)
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.....
roadfix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-05, 03:52 PM   #7
djtrackie
wannabe cycling nerd
 
djtrackie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Pasadena, CA
Bikes: Giant TCR Comp 3
Posts: 369
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
well, since I want to make money...

Giant
Trek
Specialized
Litespeed
Serotta
djtrackie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-05, 04:57 PM   #8
CastIron
Sensible shoes.
 
CastIron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: St. Paul,MN
Bikes: A few.
Posts: 8,799
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
__________________
Mike
Quote:
Originally Posted by cedricbosch View Post
It looks silly when you have quotes from other forum members in your signature. Nobody on this forum is that funny.
Quote:
Originally Posted by cedricbosch View Post
Why am I in your signature.
CastIron is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-05, 05:17 PM   #9
jhota
blithering idiot
 
jhota's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: beautiful coastal South Carolina
Bikes: 1991 Trek 930, 2005 Bianchi Eros, 2006 Nashbar "X," IRO Rob Roy
Posts: 1,263
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
jhota is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-05, 05:38 PM   #10
velonomad 
Older I get, Better I was
 
velonomad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Greenfield Lake, Wilmington NC
Bikes: '14 BD Lurch Fatbike, '10 custom road,'06 custom expedition, '94 Yokota Tandem, '88 custom MTB
Posts: 1,693
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 10 Post(s)
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
velonomad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-05, 05:50 PM   #11
halfspeed
Senior Member
 
halfspeed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: SE Minnesota
Bikes: are better than yours.
Posts: 12,276
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
halfspeed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-05, 05:59 PM   #12
56/12 and 22/28
Stop it.
 
56/12 and 22/28's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Weight Weenie-land.
Bikes: 2003 Specialized Hardrock Pro w/ slicks, flipped stem and HB, 2003 Colnago Dream with full Dura-Ace 7700 double, 2001 Bianchi XL Boron/Daytona, Mavic Open Pro/Campy Centaur/DT Champion built wheels.
Posts: 1,607
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Colnago.
56/12 and 22/28 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-05, 06:07 PM   #13
ad6mj
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Hemet,California
Bikes: Giant OCR2, Motobecane Fantom Trail, Specialized Hard Rock, Giant Nutra
Posts: 621
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Huffy, Next and Magna
ad6mj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-05, 06:59 PM   #14
jhota
blithering idiot
 
jhota's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: beautiful coastal South Carolina
Bikes: 1991 Trek 930, 2005 Bianchi Eros, 2006 Nashbar "X," IRO Rob Roy
Posts: 1,263
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
jhota is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-05, 07:50 PM   #15
mtnbiker66
Old School Rad
 
mtnbiker66's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: The old Mountains
Bikes: Blur LT
Posts: 8,212
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.....
Banshee
Santa Cruz
Specialized
Evil
Sinister
Plazma TV playing freeride and downhill vids.
__________________
Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......
mtnbiker66 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-05, 08:28 PM   #16
cydewaze
Emondafied
 
cydewaze's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Maryland
Bikes: See sig
Posts: 4,798
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 10 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by djtrackie
well, since I want to make money...

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

my bike page - my journal
Current Stable: Trek Emonda SL - Trek Top Fuel 8 - Scattante XRL - Jamis Dakar Expert - Trek 9700 - AlpineStars Al Mega
cydewaze is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-05, 08:50 PM   #17
slvoid
2-Cyl, 1/2 HP @ 90 RPM
 
slvoid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: NYC
Bikes: 04' Specialized Hardrock Sport, 03' Giant OCR2 (SOLD!), 04' Litespeed Firenze, 04' Giant OCR Touring, 07' Specialized Langster Comp
Posts: 15,762
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
How about Yamaha, Honda, MV...
slvoid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-05, 09:16 PM   #18
gm1230126
barnfullagts
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: WI
Bikes: GT BI Ti/BI Steel - Edge Ti and Steel Xizang Ti and Psyclone Steel
Posts: 620
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
gm1230126 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-05, 09:30 PM   #19
FarHorizon
Senior Curmudgeon
 
FarHorizon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Directly above the center of the earth
Bikes: Varies by day
Posts: 3,856
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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?
FarHorizon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-05, 10:29 PM   #20
Serpico
Banned.
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 7,460
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
bianchi, lemond, surly, serotta, indy fab, LOOK, cannondale
Serpico is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-05, 08:12 PM   #21
karlfitt
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 239
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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
Yeti
Maybe others, but that's where I would start.
karlfitt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-05, 09:31 PM   #22
Mild Al
Slow But Handsome
 
Mild Al's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: North Carolina
Bikes: Old steel Roadmaster
Posts: 141
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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!
Mild Al is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-05, 09:41 PM   #23
roccobike
Bike Junkie
 
roccobike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: South of Raleigh, North of New Hill, East of Harris Lake, NC
Bikes: Specialized Tarmac, Speialized Roubaix, Giant OCR-C, Specialized Stumpjumper FSR, Stumpjumper Comp, 88 & 92Nishiki Ariel, 01 Bianchi Campione, 87 Centurion Ironman, 92 Paramount
Posts: 9,445
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
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.
__________________
Roccobike BF Official Thread Terminator
roccobike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-06, 06:13 PM   #24
Mild Al
Slow But Handsome
 
Mild Al's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: North Carolina
Bikes: Old steel Roadmaster
Posts: 141
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
Mild Al is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:01 PM.