Old 03-16-16, 05:08 AM
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
The problem with the LBS model is the number of 6'6 or 7' customers is low. Maybe a bit better market for the 6'1 or 6'2 customers.

Anyway, shops do well selling the ordinary stuff.
They have troubles selling the stuff just a bit outside of the norm.

So, the customers are driven onto the internet.

Except that one can't test-ride anything on the internet.
Agree with most of what you said. FWIW I think that the brands' distributorships should actually be held responsible for having available demo models that they can loan out to the LBS's -- especially bikes that perhaps are in odd sizes. They should not have to carry one of each trim level, just one of each frame I'd think (eg. Trek ALR5, but no need to have and ALR4 and ALR6 to demo as well). Actually, it really should be part of the distributorships responsibility to take returns as well (if, for example, returned within a week or so).

Re: the internet, actually, with so many of the 100% satisfaction guarantee sites, you can pretty much test ride anything you want to order and pay for; you just have to deal with hassle of shipping back and waiting for the refund if it doesn't work out.
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