Having a good relationship with you local bike shop is so crucial if you are a serious or semi serious cyclist. One time I went in there and bought a bike pump, as soon as I go outside I break both my stems with it (first time with presta). The owner notices me outside struggling and invites me in. Without asking he puts 2 new tubes in when I went to pay he said no charge.
Just today I went in for a new stem about 5 min before close, I figured I'd just pick it up and out it on myself. Well I ran into some space issues and he stayed with me 30 min after close to help me get it all squared away. He told me to try it out for a couple weeks and if I like it come back and pay. It was a brand new FSA carbon fiber stem and I already can tell I love it so I'm going back tomorrow to pay for it.
I think the fact that I'm young and enthusiastic about the sport makes him extra friendly towards me so it's really nice. I'll be going to him for
Many years to come whenever I need anything and I'm thankful the big
Box stores havnt pushed out everyone.
What's your relationship with your LBS like?