How you could, on the other hand, make a statement about knowing more than me when it comes to fixing bikes, I do not know. But I know I am not a monkey, and have a whole bunch more experience than, say, reading the Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair and working for a "retail assembly" company to point to. So on that, I am not ready to agree with you on....
BTW, I am convinced that the "specialty high end recreational cyclist" syndrome explains most of thier behavior as well.
Don't get involved in this one vette....You don't want any of this. Just remark on the OP's question...OK?
Could this thread title be edited to "LBS Seriously Tried Pulling a Fast One: A Lengthy Story" ?
I don't even use the offensive term "Fred." -- Sheldon "All Cyclists Are My Friends" Brown (1944-2008)
Wow. Bash women and minorities thread could be another alternative title. Or anyone who doesn't meet your macho standards.
Deano....you are definitely holding your own in this thread. I, a woman, completely understood your post. Of course I, being a newbie myself, found somethings in your post that showed an ill prepared cyclist..even for a newbie. But, we all start at some level. . However, not carrying a small tool set is so small it shouldn't be something that 20 people come into your thread to bash you about.
Also, I feel you on some men in any profession that deals w/ machines trying to rip women off. Come on now...everyone knows this to be true. That is why women usually don't take their cars to the mechanic UNLESS they are well versed in the art of haggling w/ the mechanic and knowing the basic ins and outs of their vehicle. When haggling for cars or repairs...dad always takes the car to the shop. We've have taken the exact same car to the exact same shot within a couple days time and have gotten two separate answers and prices. So from EXPERIENCE I know all of the above to me true.
You know, it is entirely possible it would be easier to simply get a new wheel. Do you know how much work it takes to transfer a hub and spokes from one rim to another? Hours and hours of work- you'd be looking at four hours of work, and in our shop, that would equate to $240 in labor- much more expensive than a new wheel.
And while truing a tweaked wheel is much easier and less time-intensive, it'll still cost more than a new rim.
I've had very positive and very negative experience with LBS's. I will definitely say that there are two things you should do if you want good service:
1) Take the bike where you bought it, and
2) Bring soda or beer.
I do have my LBS change my tires for me, mainly because they have tools and know what they're doing and so can do in 10 minutes what takes me 1/2 hour. But I also showed up after a particularly PITA minor repair with a cooler full of soft drinks on a 90-degree day. Be cool, and people are cool to you.
I've gotten bad advice even from good people, tho -- and also bad advice from folks who aren't good to work with. Just one of those things, I guess.