Here is my letter to Performance Bike:
This was an online purchase picked up at the store. When I had made the actual transaction, in err I had selected the wrong size. Upon calling the Customer Service 800 number, I was told that nothing could be done to change the order, that I would have to wait until the bike was received by the store, return the item, then reorder. Naturally this is a ridiculous notion on a closeout sale item, so I simply placed another order for the correct size bicycle. I had contacted a manager at the receiving store, Bob, and though he was very kind and concerned he was completely bewildered by the situation. When I had received tracking numbers on both bikes, I again called the store and this time I talked to Lance. Again, Lance was very friendly and helpful. Lance also seems to be the only person on staff that is intelligent enough to understand and take care of my concerns as a customer. Lance promised me that he would watch for the correct bike and have it built as soon as it arrived. He also assured me that returning the first, incorrect bike would not be a problem. Also they would leave the pedals off because I would be bringing my own pedals. About midday on Wednesday, July 2nd, I received notification of delivery from UPS. I called the store and they confirmed that they had it, but would not be able to build it until the afternoon of the following day. Lance was not there at the time so I had to accept that they would not build it right away. This was not a problem in itself, I just needed to be able to know when to come down to the store as my schedule is extremely tight and it is more of an annoying inconvenience to have to flex things around a moving target, i.e. the date and time I had expected to pick up the bike. I arranged to be at the store by 7:00pm on Thursday. When I arrived at the store just before 7, Bob was at the counter. A young man came up to help. I did not retain his name but I should have. I will refer to him as Doofus for the rest of this account. As Bob continued to help other customers, Doo went back to find my bike. Making small talk, the young man told me he would be off the following day to attend his Grandmother's funeral. This is terrible and I feel bad for the boy, but he did not seem distraught. This just added to the weirdness and awkwardness of the events that followed. After what seemed to be a very long time he found the bike in the back area. As he wheeled it out I saw the pedals were installed. He apologized and wheeled it into the service area to take the pedals off. The right one came off easily for him but then he was struggling mightily with the left pedal. I then observed as Doofus continued to use much force to turn the pedal an additional half-turn THE WRONG DIRECTION!! I shouted out in horror for him to stop! I had to instruct him on what a left-handed thread is and that they are used on the pedals on the left side of the bike! I fear the threads on the crank arm are damaged as it was difficult for him to remove the original pedal and install the correct pedal. I then asked if he was going to fit the bike for me. He looked at me as if I were from Mars he but agreed to raise the seat. Again I was mortified as I watched him struggle with a 5mm T-wrench on the clamp. TWICE HE SLIPPED AND SMACKED THE WRENCH INTO THE BIKE CHIPPING THE PAINT!!!! By that time I had had enough and told Doofus that would be fine. Back at the front of the store Bob had several minutes of confusion trying to credit the first transaction. I have not received confirmation on the credit but I do expect to see it posted early next week. I complained about the chip in the paint to Bob but Doo protested and said it came that way because "UPS DAMAGES ALL OF OUR BIKES" I did not test ride the bike nor was I instructed to. Just then a dust storm hit and I waited inside for less than ten minutes for it to settle down a bit. When I got into my truck to leave I noted that I had been in the store a full hour and a half! By the time I got home there was not much time to ride. Just going up and down the street I noted several shifting problems and lots of noises, rubbing, rattles, grinding, etc. Friday morning after working a part day I began to detail the problems:
1) FD rubbing and grinding on the 50 cog and the two smallest on the cassette.
2) RD not shifting into the smallest, 11, on the cassette. Vibration and grinding on the cogs in the middle of the cassette.
3) Wheel reflectors loose, clunking around.
Please note these problems in addition to the stripped crank arm and the finish damage caused by your associate.
I was able to follow basic derailleur adjustment protocol and get the FD to stop rubbing, and I was able to get the RD to shift into all gears. However the RD does not align correctly in the middle of the cassette, making a rough vibration and grinding noise. I rode 13 miles this morning, got out about 6.5 and had to turn back because the middle of the cassette was almost completely unusable. I guess I will check the hanger for straightness.
Please note, in no way was any member of your staff impolite or malicious. They were all courteous and friendly. I am struck however by the complete incompetence of everyone involved from the 800 number help desk to 90% of the store employees. I do realize the sale was fantastic and I received a great bargain. The overall value however is greatly diminished as I now must repair and adjust a damaged bike, seeking out a real bicycle store as it is obvious most employees at Performance are unable follow basic instruction, unable to assemble and setup bicycles properly, and probably should not be allowed to handle tools or touch other people's property in the store.