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!

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-06-07, 09:16 AM   #1
1st Road Bike in '82
Thread Starter
Velojunkie's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Saratoga Springs, NY
Bikes: Road: Felt F65, '82 Specialized Allez (1st Bike), Scott Speedster, Trek 1400 Mt: cannondale F500 Cross: Redline Quantum Pro Fixie: Fetish Inizio
Posts: 3
Opening A Bike Shop

Anyone that owns a shop or has owned a shop have some advice for me??
Velojunkie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-07, 09:30 AM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 2,013
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.
Wieleder CARiBIKE (folding), decent frame.
geo8rge is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-07, 09:41 AM   #3
<3s bikes
Re-Cycle's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: CA
Bikes: lots
Posts: 1,054
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.
Re-Cycle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-07, 10:02 AM   #4
Senior Member
Keith99's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 5,866
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.
Keith99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-07, 01:09 AM   #5
Senior Member
Tapeworm21's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Berkeley
Bikes: 2010 Tarmac SL, 2013 Fairdale Weekender, 2013 Fairdale Coaster, 1995 Specialized M2 Pro, 1972 Schwinn Heavy Duty, 2014 Surley Long Haul Trucker
Posts: 2,265
Wanna make money? Don't run a bike shop.
Like bikes? Run a bike shop.
Tapeworm21 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-07, 09:43 PM   #6
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 6,808
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.
Dahon.Steve is offline   Reply With Quote

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 06:00 AM.