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Thread: Bad LBS Advice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DannyOKC
    This guy wasn't asking the right questions. He wasn't really trying to assess my needs. He was trying to sell me one of two bikes.

    -DannyOKC
    If he was trying to sell you a bike purely for commission, why was he trying to sell you a low-end bike with a very small profit margin?

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    I recieve a commission, a percentage of repairs. It NEVER comes into play when I do a repair. I often try to save a customer a buck because it brings that person back. Money right this second is less important than money over the long term. (We all work to make money, I work on bikes because I like it, I am qualified to work on stuff that would make me a lot more dough, but it was not fun )
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    Another candidate for the troll thread over in General Discussion. Even backed up with a few inflammatory posts.

    I don't think you are going to get far with this one, Rev Chuck.

    EDIT: Oh wait, we are in General Discussion.

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    True, people would rather believe the Myth than the Legend. (I never get far with any of them, people believe what is easy rather than what is true)

    Of, course a salesguys job is to SELL stuff. Your job is to buy stuff. You both do your best and everyone wins.
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    I bought a Raleigh C-40 (Hybrid/Comfort) this weekend from my LBS, and the salesguy was very helpful. I told him "I want a city commuting bike, very comfortable, easy to ride, around $300." It has front suspension, and suspension seat post. After test riding the C-40 and then a Raleigh M-60 (MTB) the C-40 was a ton more comfortable for what I needed it for. The seatpost absorbed bumps in the road, the seat itself was much softer, and the upright position made it generally more comfortable to cruise around on. Sounds like your salesman was thinking that you were someone like me, just looking for a comfy cruising bike.

    And I asked about wheel diameters (700c v. 26") and suspension on cheap bikes and Raleigh v. Trek v. Giant and he answered all my questions honestly. In the end he recommended the Raleigh over the other brands because it was on sale, and "of comparable quality" to the other bikes in my price range. After riding all of them, turned out he was right.

    (Props to Metro Bicycles in NYC.)



    In another shop though, the salesguy kept pushing me to buy a Jamis mountain bike, telling me that hybrids are all bulls-it and that if you put slicks on a MTB it's the same thing. I found him rather pushy and not very helpful, and after talking to the guy at Metro, I'm glad I bought from Metro instead.

    I suppose it varies from shop to shop.

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    If you want a good raleigh road bike (no racing, no off roading) go to your local good will store. Nice bikes for the road and will only set you back about 20-40 bucks. Just got a raleigh grand prix for $8.00 the other day, and it rides great.

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    my LBS is pretty good. They know what they're talking about

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    You have a better shot at getting accurate, unbiased information from your LBS than from a semi-anonymous internet forum.
    Last edited by Daily Commute; 09-09-04 at 05:32 AM.

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