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Old 06-23-09, 06:39 PM
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Weird things that happened to you at the bike store?

So the title says it all - I'll start. (This can include weird, sad, funny, annoying, etc etc)

In the shop where I work today, guy walks in, demands I remove the reflectors so he can test ride it () then procedes to knock over a bike. A bike someone has there for a repair or tune up or whatever. In my store, there is a line of repairs, lined up like, shall we say, dominos. Well then comes the domino effect, about 10 bikes fall over in the row, and guess who's bike is at the end? Mine.

*Two broken spokes, an out of whack fork/stem which is now fixed, a bent brand new XT rear derailleur cage, and a destroyed front disc rotor. Yay..
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Are they talking about spectators feeding the cyclists? You know, like don't feed the bears?
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Old 06-23-09, 06:51 PM
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Originally Posted by mzeffex View Post
So the title says it all - I'll start. (This can include weird, sad, funny, annoying, etc etc)

In the shop where I work today, guy walks in, demands I remove the reflectors so he can test ride it () then procedes to knock over a bike. A bike someone has there for a repair or tune up or whatever. In my store, there is a line of repairs, lined up like, shall we say, dominos. Well then comes the domino effect, about 10 bikes fall over in the row, and guess who's bike is at the end? Mine.

*Two broken spokes, an out of whack fork/stem which is now fixed, a bent brand new XT rear derailleur cage, and a destroyed front disc rotor. Yay..
The first question i'd ask is why your superbike resides in the area reserved for repairs.
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Because I bike to work, and I decided to leave it there today, ha. You know, you actually have quite a point.
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Flat repairs 2 minutes before we close,
rush of customers half an hour before close,
angry customers whos bikes don't work after tune-up giving grief at 5 mins before close (to be honest, i think that guy was a tool and tried to make some "minor" adjustments of his own after receiving the bike)


sigh... need some beers.
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Old 06-23-09, 08:26 PM
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This is beginning to sound like that film "Final Destination".....
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Old 06-23-09, 08:30 PM
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My shop is too boring.
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All the more reason to do your own wrenching, guys. bk
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Originally Posted by markieta View Post
Flat repairs 2 minutes before we close,
rush of customers half an hour before close,
Raises hand

We go ride after work sometimes and will eat dinner and stop at the LBS to buy something afterward, usually just before close. Though its not all our fault they close at 8:00 when the rest of the world closes at 9:00.
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Originally Posted by markieta View Post
Flat repairs 2 minutes before we close,
rush of customers half an hour before close,
angry customers whos bikes don't work after tune-up giving grief at 5 mins before close (to be honest, i think that guy was a tool and tried to make some "minor" adjustments of his own after receiving the bike)


sigh... need some beers.
Sounds like you need to post your closing a half hour earlier. I needed to drop some junk at the local landfill "we close at 6:00". I got there and "we take the last loads at 5:30", Then you close at 5:30....no we don't.... Then why are you open till 6? Withdrawls?
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Originally Posted by markieta View Post
Flat repairs 2 minutes before we close,
rush of customers half an hour before close,
angry customers whos bikes don't work after tune-up giving grief at 5 mins before close (to be honest, i think that guy was a tool and tried to make some "minor" adjustments of his own after receiving the bike)


sigh... need some beers.
I know exactly what you mean. It's like, quiet the whole day, but then when we are getting into the last stretch of a long day it gets busy, usually with the most argumentative people too.
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Originally Posted by mzeffex View Post
I know exactly what you mean. It's like, quiet the whole day, but then when we are getting into the last stretch of a long day it gets busy, usually with the most argumentative people too.
makes sense, because most these people probably just finished work. You know other people work too=P. And they are probably grumpy because they need a beer too=P
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Haha, Actually, I think they are plotting against us to keep us there past closing. Then they work with the others so they stall us, make us stay open, so then the door is open and the others come in. o_O
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I haven't worked in a shop since 1984. Here's a story from about 1982.

A woman walked into the shop to buy a bike. I pull one out as a suggestion. She looks at it and looks at me and says, "You think I would buy THAT bike?! THAT bike? In THAT color? Look at my sneakers!"

Oh, I was supposed to know?
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
I haven't worked in a shop since 1984. Here's a story from about 1982.

A woman walked into the shop to buy a bike. I pull one out as a suggestion. She looks at it and looks at me and says, "You think I would buy THAT bike?! THAT bike? In THAT color? Look at my sneakers!"

Oh, I was supposed to know?
Obviously
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Originally Posted by bkaapcke View Post
All the more reason to do your own wrenching, guys. bk
You know that until after your post it was nothing but a bunch of shop rats talking... of course we do our own wrenching.
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I felt guilty about not getting to the shop (several times) until close to close ... so I brought them beer the next time.

Now I get smiles, not groans (and I try to get there earlier!)
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You know that until after your post it was nothing but a bunch of shop rats talking... of course we do our own wrenching.
Even more...we wrench for all the folks that can't.
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I think the primary place Murphy's law takes place is the bike shop. One guy yesterday spent about 40 minutes trying to hammer out a stubborn bottom bracket
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Back in the day, working in a repair shop back in Calgary. A guy comes in and wants to talk about Steve Bauer. Everyday.
Every.
Day.
My colleague had the cure: "Bauer is for-sure juiced." We never saw the sports fan again.
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this guy went into my local bike store and asked to test ride a brand new trek madone 6.9 which i recon was there more for show than to sell. the bike mechanic agrees then realises it was stupid to. the guy went around the block and came back. said he didnt like it. just recently the bike mechanic told me he'd never seen the guy again.
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^ I don't get it.
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He brought the bike back, so not much lost but a couple of minutes of time. Depending on where you are, it's a ripe opportunity for theft. I worked at one bike shop in NYC that never allowed test rides! Sounds unbelievable, doesn't it? But it was unfortunately quite necessary!
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