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Old 08-25-06, 09:20 AM   #1
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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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Old 08-25-06, 09:45 AM   #2
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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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"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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Old 08-25-06, 11:05 AM   #8
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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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"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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"You have DSOT, that'll be 15% more for the repair"
WTF is DSOT?
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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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Old 08-25-06, 02:53 PM   #14
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Thanks for keeping it positive.....
Those were the positive quotes. You don't want to hear the negative.
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Old 08-25-06, 03:01 PM   #15
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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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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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http://acronyms.thefreedictionary.com/DSOT
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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.
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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Is this sarcasm, or do you really want an answer?
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DSOT Daily System Operability Test
DSOT Delicate Sound of Thunder (Pink Floyd live album)


ah.
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DSOT Delicate Sound of Thunder (Pink Floyd live album)


ah.

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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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