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Old 02-11-12, 07:57 PM
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Is a helmet required to test ride a bike at a LBS.......

I am waiting for better weather here in Denver so that I can start testriding some new bikes. I dont have a helmet yet, and was wondering if I need to buy one before I attempt a test ride at one of the LBS's?
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Ask at the LBS.
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My old shop had a stash of helmets just for test rides. I would always recommend a helmet, but never require an adult to wear one.
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I don't think dealers in my area require riders to wear a helmet,
although I think it would be good idea to wear one while riding
an unfamiliar bike
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
Ask at the LBS.
While this makes perfect sense I am looking for a general rule of thumb as I plan on trying bikes from 5 or 6 shops.
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Originally Posted by Mondo734 View Post
While this makes perfect sense I am looking for a general rule of thumb as I plan on trying bikes from 5 or 6 shops.
the rule of thumb is every shop is different and there's no rule of thumb for this.
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It really depends on the shop. The shops I have worked at did not require them. But I know of a couple shops that did require them. Those that do require them will have test helmets. Even the shops I worked at that didn't require them had test helmets. If you wanted to test ride a bike and forgot your helmet, I'm sure they will find one for you if they didn't have test helmets.

I don't think any shop would require you to buy a helmet before riding the bike. It wouldn't make good business sense. "Oh, you want a test ride?, OK, first let's buy a helmet." How many people would just say that they didn't want to buy a helmet until they have a bike? The shop doesn't want to lose a sale for this reason.
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Old 02-11-12, 08:59 PM
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If a shop requires helmets for test rides, they should have loaners you can borrow. Might be smelly inside, though.
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A good rule of thumb is that you should have your own helmet if you plan on riding so get yourself one then take it with you.
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Old 02-11-12, 09:24 PM
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A bunch of the LBS's I know of in the area have helmets especially for test rides. Bicycle Village, Performance Bike (though they're not an LBS, but a chain), etc..
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Originally Posted by Mondo734 View Post
Is a helmet required to test ride
Yes but for liability reasons for the shop but they will also have one you can use so don’t worry about it.
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SO it seems there is a general consensus that if a LBS does require a helmet they will have some loaners for me to use. SO then my next question would be how long are you allowed to test a bike for? I'd especially like to hear what people from my neck of the woods have to say about their test ride experiences.
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Originally Posted by Mondo734 View Post
SO it seems there is a general consensus that if a LBS does require a helmet they will have some loaners for me to use. SO then my next question would be how long are you allowed to test a bike for? I'd especially like to hear what people from my neck of the woods have to say about their test ride experiences.
Same answer.
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The bike shops in my area let you go for a 10-15 minute test ride, when I purchased my touring bike, I told them that I would be gone for 45 minutes to an hour to see if it were comfortable on a longer ride, the manager didn't like that idea but I did leave my BMW at their store, so he let me do it.
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In most places yes, even if they dont- USE ONE!, people have been killed falling over in their driveway
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Any bike shop that lets you test-ride a bike without insisting you wear a helmet has lousy risk managers. Of course, you should not need to buy one right away, as they should have loaners for you to use.
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SO then my next question would be how long are you allowed to test a bike for?
Varies considerably. Some only allow rides around the block or in the parking lot, others allow much longer rides. I know we've had people come on 60-mile club rides with test ride bikes, but I believe in those cases they had previous business relationships with the shop.
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Helmets are cheaper than head injuries and you are going to need one eventually, anyway. You could, possibly, have an accident on the test ride, it's more likely since it will be an unfamiliar bike. What is the point in waiting? Just buy one and get it over with.
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Most of the shops around me rent bikes to vacationers, and provide a free loaner helmet with the rental. So, they're available for test rides. A few even provide a cheap water bottle and allow renters/test riders to keep it.
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I can't see most shops demanding you wear one for a test ride unless there's a helmet law where you are. In that case or if they're just being difficult, they should have a helmet you can borrow for this purpose. If not, I'd find another bike shop as this shows that this one clearly doesn't like to help.
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OP really wants to know what to expect if he walks into an LBS and wants to test ride a bike. The only possible answer is - "It depends." Most bike shops are individually owned and their rules will vary as much as the owners. Test ride rules may vary depending on day of the week or even time of day. For example, I was never very up for offering test rides near closing time. Customer demeanor makes a difference too. Are you really shopping for a bike or are you just wasteing my time.

None of that matters if you can answer the key question correctly. "If you try it and you like it are you ready to buy it?" Say "Yes" without any hedges and we'll make a test ride work.
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There are ones here at the local hang on a peg, near the door,
they are there, to use on test rides.

no one is compelled. Oregon has a law requiring helmets on Juveniles,
But, the money to enforce that is not in the budget.
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We require one and provide test ride helmets. A lot of customers bring there own.
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My LBS asks that you wear one and does have loaners. It is likely that there is concern with liability.

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That's exactly why we require it. We have had plenty of customers dump a bike on a test ride.
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