Eagerly anticipating the purchase of my first new bike in some years, I stopped by a LBS (Extreme Sports in Charlottesville, VA) to check out a bike that I am very interested in purchasing.
When I asked about a test ride, the shop guy said, "You can ride around the parking lot." He said that they don't allow longer test rides.
I was surprised and said, "Ok, I'll buy the bike somewhere else." I doubt I'll ever return to that shop, but I'm wondering, is the practice of "parking lot only" test rides normal? If so, how does one get a real feel for a bike in a two-minute spin around a parking lot?