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    1st Road Bike in '82 Velojunkie's Avatar
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    Opening A Bike Shop

    Anyone that owns a shop or has owned a shop have some advice for me??
    thanks.
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    2000 Montague CX, I do not recommend it, but still ride it.
    Strida 3, I recommend it for rides < 10mi wo steep hills.
    2006 Rowbike 720 Sport, I recommend it as an exercise bike.
    1996 Birdy, Recommend.
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    My experience was that its easy to make friends and hard to make money. Please give some more info on your plans. What kind of riders are you trying to cater to.
    A wild man once explained to me how bicycles came from sailboats.

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    Work at one first. UNtil you have seen things from the inside you have almost no idea what is involved.

    Also 80-90% of all small business failures are due to undercapitalization. For a bike shop that would very likely mean simply not enough money to have the merchandise you need in stock.

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    Wanna make money? Don't run a bike shop.
    Like bikes? Run a bike shop.
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    Owning a bike shop in my town is called the Huffy Repair Center! About 90% of the bikes brought in for repairs are department store bikes. You should take a trip to your local Walmart and see the type of bikes you'll be repairing. The LBS owner told me he always gets a kick when someone brings a beat up Magna that's been almost totally destroyed and expects him to bring it back to life.

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