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    Favorite LBS Quote

    I heard this the following one today, and I agree with it completely. If you are taking your bike to an LBS for service there is a very good chance that the wrench knows a lot more than you.

    "Half the people who come in here listen to me. The other half look at the internet and think they know everything." -- Alberts, professional bike mechanic since 1949.


    What's your favorite LBS quote? BTW, if you'd like to bash the LBS please start another thread. Thanks.

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    With respect, if you only wanted postive quotes from LBSs, maybe you should have named the thread "Favorite Positive LBS Quotes"?

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    "Adjusting the rider's position is good for cyclists but selling a guy a new seat every once in a while pays the rent."

    This LBS carries all of the latest and greatest saddles, but when you talk to the owner he will always recommend one of the Brooks. He will take it back if you are not happy with it. He will adjust it for you, will tweak it for you. He has been in business since the 70's. Great store.

    But lots of cyclist come in, know what they want, and he is more than happy to sell them the "latest and greatest".

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    Welcome to Walmart

    "Let us hope our weapons are never needed --but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government -- and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws" - Edward Abbey

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    "You have DSOT, that'll be 15% more for the repair"

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    "Gee we tried to call you but you never answered," despite the fact that I have voice mail, caller id and call waiting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chipcom
    Welcome to Walmart
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    If your relationship still works, you could be training harder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by countrydirt
    "Gee we tried to call you but you never answered," despite the fact that I have voice mail, caller id and call waiting.
    Quote Originally Posted by edzo
    "You have DSOT, that'll be 15% more for the repair"
    Thanks for keeping it positive.....

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    "Aren't you a little young for a Brooks saddle?"

    I asked if they had the B17 in stock, they thought Brooks saddles were only for old hippies touring across the continent. I ended up getting great service though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edzo
    "You have DSOT, that'll be 15% more for the repair"
    WTF is DSOT?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stacey
    WTF is DSOT?
    WTH is WTF? And DSOT too?
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    I figured out "WTF", but still can't interpret "DSOT." My first guess for "DS" is something to do with "unintelligent dufication."

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    Metal rolling around inside my crooked rim, spokes that can be squeezed nearly touching one another and the LBS guy says,"it's supposed to be that way".WTF?

    Draggin my bike across the floor while the rear wheel is skidding. Just payed the shop to install new brake levers on a bike. LBS guy looks at me and says,"you must have banged the bike on something".WTF?

    Bought a new Cannodale roadbike. Rode it one mile and realized the bottombracket was loose. SO I took it back to the shop. Mechanic puts the bike in the stand, clamps it and crunch! He just looked at me and said,"oops!".WTF?

    Favorite LBS words: What else can I do for you?

    Favorite answer: Get the hell away from me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziemas
    Thanks for keeping it positive.....
    Those were the positive quotes. You don't want to hear the negative.

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    "We don't have the tools for that anymore... "

    I hear that a lot when I drag either of my older (vintage early '80s) bikes into an LBS. Generally I know what I want, I know how and have the tools to fix it... but when I am asking if they have the part, I tend to be shown some modern version of it... whereupon I show them the bike and point to the part I really want.

    I learned long ago (the hard way) that bike shops come and go, but bikes can live forever... therefore buy the tool the day you buy the part... 'cause there is a good chance the LBS that sold it to you will be long gone by the time you need to service that part.

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    *thud!* (Siu just passed out on the floor)

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    yeah but what's DSOT?


    OK, one good comment from one LBS about how roadracers/seasonal riders might as well be biking on a different planet from commuters/year-rounders.

    And another line from the 1st shop in town I went to: 'That's not worth fixing, our new bikes are going on sale in 3 months, though!'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stacey
    WTF is DSOT?
    http://acronyms.thefreedictionary.com/DSOT

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    Quote Originally Posted by genec
    "We don't have the tools for that anymore... "

    I hear that a lot when I drag either of my older (vintage early '80s) bikes into an LBS. Generally I know what I want, I know how and have the tools to fix it... but when I am asking if they have the part, I tend to be shown some modern version of it... whereupon I show them the bike and point to the part I really want.

    I learned long ago (the hard way) that bike shops come and go, but bikes can live forever... therefore buy the tool the day you buy the part... 'cause there is a good chance the LBS that sold it to you will be long gone by the time you need to service that part.
    Why can't all parts use the same 5/16" allen screw? Or quick release. Let's just put quick releases on everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by worker4youth
    Why can't all parts use the same 5/16" allen screw?
    Is this sarcasm, or do you really want an answer?
    I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by worker4youth

    DSOT Daily System Operability Test
    DSOT Delicate Sound of Thunder (Pink Floyd live album)


    ah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg
    DSOT Daily System Operability Test
    DSOT Delicate Sound of Thunder (Pink Floyd live album)


    ah.

    cripes already

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    worth 15% markup for any bike repair, or refusal

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    My fave LBS quotes (and I hear them often):

    Where did you get THAT?

    You bought it for HOW MUCH?

    Any chance of getting ANOTHER?

    Let ME know when you get ready to sell it!!!

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    Here's one I get pretty much any time I need anything other than a tube..

    "Uhhhhh, no. But I can order it."
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    "your bike is upside down, i don't know what to do with an upside down bike"

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