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Does your LBS lend you a bike when your's is in the shop?

Old 07-27-08, 01:15 AM
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Does your LBS lend you a bike when your's is in the shop?

Why do I ask?

Well, because mine did. And it was pretty cool.

Like alot of you I don't have a car, so when it came time to do regular (and free!) maintenance on my Swobo Dixon, Newhall Bicycle Company lent me a sweet ride so I could get back home and avoid the smelly bus. I didn't expect them to, just happened to ask in passing if I could borrow one while mine was being worked on.

So the owner lent me his personal Bianchi Milano, a sweet cruiser/city bike with an 8 speed Alfine hub, rear hub brake, and a very comfortable, upright riding position.


I even offered to rent it from him, but he wouldn't have it...so they've earned a customer from me.

Do most local bike shops do this? I can't imagine the Trek or Specialized store letting me borrow a new bike; I'm sure this guy wouldn't have either, but it was definitely appreciated.

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Old 07-27-08, 02:12 AM
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Naw,

Owner of my LBS isn't trying to get in my pants though.
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Old 07-27-08, 05:09 AM
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wow...that was unexpected.

btw, I wear lycra, not pants.
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Old 07-27-08, 07:09 AM
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I don't know about my LBS. I have trouble enough getting decent service. I've resorted to going to another LBS 20 miles away, which is a bit of a trek. I suspect neither would give me a loaner bike, but I can't say for sure for the further shop. They're pretty cool and helpful.
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Old 07-27-08, 07:21 AM
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good to know that service is still personal in some places. I don't know if my LBS would lend me a bike but so far they've been great with everything else I've needed so who knows? They even took me out on a test ride when I went clipless to make sure I didn't kill myself
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Old 07-27-08, 07:23 AM
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Originally Posted by AdrianFly View Post
Naw,

Owner of my LBS isn't trying to get in my pants though.
Does that get you discounts?
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Old 07-27-08, 07:24 AM
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Nope.
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Old 07-27-08, 07:26 AM
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that is a nice bike. I need a rain bike. Think that is a good one?
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Old 07-27-08, 08:09 AM
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My LBS (The Bicycle Shop in Jacksonville, NC) probably wouldn't do a loaner. It's more of a roadie/racer shop than utility/vehicular cycling.
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Old 07-27-08, 09:14 AM
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Never been in that position. I think that is really cool that they extended themselves like that for you though.
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Old 07-27-08, 10:51 AM
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Lots of bike shops around here actually rent out their bikes, but you have to pay... with money.
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Old 07-27-08, 11:18 AM
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I live a couple towns over from the Easy Racers "factory" (a converted aircraft hangar where they make some of the best recumbent bikes I know), so I bought my bike straight from the source. Last winter, I took a spill in the rain and busted a non-essential weld on the steel frame. The bike was ridable even with the damage, so I rode to the factory, planning to leave it there and grab a bus back to my town, then use my mountain bike till the recumbent was fixed.

Denton and Freddy, the owners, had a better idea: they would fit me to a Gold Rush -- a very nice bike, and considerably more expensive than my Tour Easy -- to use as a loaner. It was a generous offer, but I had brought my panniers along, and had no way to carry them home on the Gold Rush.

"We'll put a rack on it," they insisted. "Won't take five minutes."

The Gold Rush was great fun to ride, and I hope it wasn't too embarassed to be seen with a dorky commuter's rack and panniers for the next few days. I managed to make time for one ride through the mountains without the heavily-loaded panniers, where the bike really got a chance to shine.

I was still glad to get my familiar old Tour Easy back, and am more convinced than ever that it's the perfect bike for me, but damn was it fun trying out an alternative for a few days...and the guys at Easy Racers earned major loyalty points from me.
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Originally Posted by sanitycheck View Post
I live a couple towns over from the Easy Racers "factory" (a converted aircraft hangar where they make some of the best recumbent bikes I know), so I bought my bike straight from the source. Last winter, I took a spill in the rain and busted a non-essential weld on the steel frame. The bike was ridable even with the damage, so I rode to the factory, planning to leave it there and grab a bus back to my town, then use my mountain bike till the recumbent was fixed.

Denton and Freddy, the owners, had a better idea: they would fit me to a Gold Rush -- a very nice bike, and considerably more expensive than my Tour Easy -- to use as a loaner. It was a generous offer, but I had brought my panniers along, and had no way to carry them home on the Gold Rush.

"We'll put a rack on it," they insisted. "Won't take five minutes."

The Gold Rush was great fun to ride, and I hope it wasn't too embarassed to be seen with a dorky commuter's rack and panniers for the next few days. I managed to make time for one ride through the mountains without the heavily-loaded panniers, where the bike really got a chance to shine.

I was still glad to get my familiar old Tour Easy back, and am more convinced than ever that it's the perfect bike for me, but damn was it fun trying out an alternative for a few days...and the guys at Easy Racers earned major loyalty points from me.
HEY, racks & pannies aren't dorky!
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Old 07-27-08, 01:29 PM
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Originally Posted by shubonker View Post
HEY, racks & pannies aren't dorky!
Hey, speak for yourself...MY panniers are dorky.

(battered, lumpy, misshapen, and patched with duct tape due to various unplanned encounters with the asphalt over the years...ugly as sin, but I wouldn't trade 'em!)
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Why do you only have one bike?

I didn't know that was an option, hmmm wierd.
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Why do you only have one bike?

I didn't know that was an option, hmmm wierd.
True dat. One bike is like having one pair of socks. I can't think of any shops in town that would loan or even rent bikes. Ass, cash or grass - nobody rides for free.
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Old 07-27-08, 09:58 PM
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True dat. One bike is like having one pair of socks. I can't think of any shops in town that would loan or even rent bikes. Ass, cash or grass - nobody rides for free.
Hey, the 70s called, they want their catch phrase back.

I'm working on rectifying the one-bike-situation as we speak, namely by acquiring an 07 Bianchi Imola and/or repairing my 91 Specialized Rockhopper.
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Originally Posted by Sonoma76 View Post
Hey, the 70s called, they want their catch phrase back.

way to bring it forward into the 90s, there, David Spade




I wonder if this kind of service will catch on as more "commuter based" shops open
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No, but...

If I roll through the door for mechanical help they know I need it (do almost all work myself). They also know I'll tell 'em if I can wait or not, since it's my primary transportation. So if I need it, they usually accommodate me and get it in right the hell now. It's a nice give and take, as sometimes, I just say put it on the back burner and use it to fill the slow times.
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Yea, my local bike store doesn't do that, least not that I know of, however, i go in there a lot, and spend a lot of money, and they know I commute, so when I need something done, I just say I need it in a hurry, and they are quick to accomodate and usually will have it done before the nights over, even if they have to stay a little late, so I appreciate it.
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My lbs probably would do that if I asked, since I'm a regular. They'd give me one of the bikes off the used rack (not the Coffee Bike, though).
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My previous LBS ( I have moved) catered to commuters. They did not give out loaners (to my knowledge) but they would work with you on a time to get your bike in and fixed by the time you needed it for the week. It was a small tweak that got them some business from me.
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Old 07-28-08, 01:58 PM
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not sure about 1 of the lbs's in my town(there's 3) but i think one of them would, they cater to college students and commuters, one is racing oriented, and would not. the other i have no idea about, even though i give them more business than i do the other two.
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My lbs probably would do that if I asked, since I'm a regular. They'd give me one of the bikes off the used rack (not the Coffee Bike, though).
Which LBS do you use?
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I had a motorcycle shop hook me up once,but never a bike shop. So are you female? If the bike had the shop's logos splashed all over it,I'd think maybe they were looking for some advertising. Maybe the shop owner does like you.

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