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Old 08-26-08, 08:34 PM
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working on department store bikes probably took 10 years off of my life. By far our favorite customer back in the day could be called a Clyde. It wasn't always easy keeping his bike running, but he was a great customer, always enjoyed it when he came into the shop.
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The local LBS's here are kinda split on the service issue; the new ones are the ones providing it, the established ones aren't. Contrarily, my co-worker and I also offer service on the bikes our company sells (think Big Smiley...). We are the only two real mechanics working for that company within probably a 150-mile radius, at least. (We work there because the LBS's can't match the pay.)

I'm mixed on the issue; I do think that, if you're in the bike business, you need to work on bikes. OTOH, there's so little return on it for the LBS ("HOW MUCH?!? The BIKE costs less than that!"), that I understand them not wanting to waste valuable shop time. Also, the overall quality on big-box bikes has PLUM-MET-TED!!! A bike that, just four months ago, took an average of 20-25 minutes to assemble AND tune now takes over an hour because of the shatty quality of the components. Example: a BMX-style bike came out of the box with fork dropouts TOUCHING, due to an irreparably bent fork leg. Two replacement forks later, the bike went to the sales floor. Profitable at $67 for the bike?

I know there are plenty of average joes out there riding cheap bikes because that's all they can get; a guy last week was riding an old 10-spd home on a SEVERELY bent rear wheel, at about 6-7mph. I almost offered to fix it for him on the spot, but I was afraid I'd bust a spoke, and leave him with nothing to work with.
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My LBS is Great. Ruben (left) gave me a perfect fit.
Terrry (right) sold me the bike, he weights in at about 230 lbs.

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Terrry (right) sold me the bike, he weights in at about 230 lbs.
Is that with or without the goatee?
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A dork disk and reflectors?
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Old 08-31-08, 07:34 PM
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And a gas tank?
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Originally Posted by lil brown bat View Post
You have no idea. Try being female.

(and yet, I've never had a problem at my LBS...but in general, when it comes to anything involving a)money b)driving c)physical activity d)mathematics e)science f)politics g)finding one's way from point A to point B or h)fixing that which is broken, men are presumed to automatically know more than women)
If you don't mind me asking which shop do you go to?
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Old 09-02-08, 06:53 AM
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Originally Posted by BikEthan View Post
If you don't mind me asking which shop do you go to?
Nowhere near you. I commute in Boston, I live in western MA.
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Originally Posted by lil brown bat View Post
Nowhere near you. I commute in Boston, I live in western MA.
Ahh ok. My girlfriend goes to Simmons and has some friends who bike. I try to recommend shops but I often have a better experience than they do in a lot of the shops around here for some odd reason...
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Originally Posted by BikEthan View Post
Ahh ok. My girlfriend goes to Simmons and has some friends who bike. I try to recommend shops but I often have a better experience than they do in a lot of the shops around here for some odd reason...
Yeah, I wish I could help -- the most I've ever done is stop in for a blinky or something like that, and always on the wrong side of the river for your gf. It's too bad that Bikes Not Bombs is a ways away from her, they're pretty cool folks.
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Try Being Female, Indeed

Amen, sister.

I complained long and loud to a clerk at a Performance Bike store in Pt. Loma today because my daughter and I were completely ignored, and we were in there a good thirty minutes. No one acknowledged us, greeted us, asked if we needed help with fitting her for shorts, help with their little fitting room cubby thing, nada. If she didn't need them so badly (we're training for an 18-mile ride next month), I would have left. Meanwhile they're greeting the men who came into the store by name. Yes, we were the only females in the place.

She's a kid and I'm big, so we don't look like your typical cyclists, but we're training for the Tour of Poway, which I explained to him. Plus, I was spending close to a hundred bucks outfitting her. We deserved some attention, too. The clerk apologized and explained that he'd been at lunch the last half hour, then gave me an extra discount on the shorts.

I hope this kind of treatment isn't typical of bike stores.

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Old 09-06-08, 04:49 AM
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Amen, sister.

I complained long and loud to a clerk at a Performance Bike store in Pt. Loma today because my daughter and I were completely ignored, and we were in there a good thirty minutes. No one acknowledged us, greeted us, asked if we needed help with fitting her for shorts, help with their little fitting room cubby thing, nada. If she didn't need them so badly (we're training for an 18-mile ride next month), I would have left. Meanwhile they're greeting the men who came into the store by name. Yes, we were the only females in the place.

She's a kid and I'm big, so we don't look like your typical cyclists, but we're training for the Tour of Poway, which I explained to him. Plus, I was spending close to a hundred bucks outfitting her. We deserved some attention, too. The clerk apologized and explained that he'd been at lunch the last half hour, then gave me an extra discount on the shorts.

I hope this kind of treatment isn't typical of bike stores.

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It shouldn't be, but sometimes it is. Follow up on your experience by contacting Performance:

Performance Inc.
P.O. Box 2741
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Phone: 1-919-933-9113
Fax: 1-919-942-5431

BTW, I can relate. Back when I was 400 pounds and just starting exercising, I was ignored at a Foot Locker store in King of Prussia, PA. I took my money elsewhere, which is the best revenge.
 
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Originally Posted by AthenaRox View Post
Amen, sister.

I complained long and loud to a clerk at a Performance Bike store in Pt. Loma today because my daughter and I were completely ignored, and we were in there a good thirty minutes. No one acknowledged us, greeted us, asked if we needed help with fitting her for shorts, help with their little fitting room cubby thing, nada. If she didn't need them so badly (we're training for an 18-mile ride next month), I would have left. Meanwhile they're greeting the men who came into the store by name. Yes, we were the only females in the place.

She's a kid and I'm big, so we don't look like your typical cyclists, but we're training for the Tour of Poway, which I explained to him. Plus, I was spending close to a hundred bucks outfitting her. We deserved some attention, too. The clerk apologized and explained that he'd been at lunch the last half hour, then gave me an extra discount on the shorts.

I hope this kind of treatment isn't typical of bike stores.

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Don't complain to a clerk, usually they can't do anything, what you do is ask the clerk to get you the manager, then, in a nice, civil manner, explain the issue to the manager. The manager can do something about it, and usually does. See, customers who have a bad experience in a store do not, generally return, customers who have a good experience, generally do. The larger rider, will tend to lose weight, sometimes a lot of weight, which means they could outfit themselves completely several times on the way down. That represents a lot of potential sales.
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Originally Posted by chipcom View Post
Must...resist...asking...

Very clever. Haha.
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