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Trek Bikes of Ventura(California) Closed!

Old 03-12-19, 11:22 AM
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Trek Bikes of Ventura(California) Closed!

I went by TBOV to get a couple of cables and was shocked to see paper covering the windows with a "Store Is Closed" sign on the door. I liked that they were open on Sunday so I went there when I needed gloves , socks , cables ,etc. I even bought my daughter's first two bikes there. I am not a huge customer as I ride mostly vintage stuff. I still use patch kits (need to get a new one every season) and other stuff even though I don't need a new bike. Oh well, I was just in there a week and a half ago and they helped me with a freewheel. Just a heads up for al you Ventura County people. Joe
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Old 03-12-19, 11:54 AM
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Nobody is supposed to know that until March 19th!!
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Bike shops are becoming the Buggy Whip vendors of the 21st century.
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Bike shops are becoming the Buggy Whip vendors of the 21st century.
Are people buying buggy whips online?
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* groans *

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Old 03-12-19, 03:07 PM
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I guess the lesson is to keep spares on hand! If our bike shops vanish then we need to be equipped and self reliant.
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Old 03-12-19, 03:18 PM
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Well Ventura is not in the Mojave Desert, you have the whole of Metro LA..
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I'm not a big bike shop guy. When I lived there ISTR I used to go to some place in Camarillo . I thought I would ask Mr Google, and it turned up something in Oxnard I don't remember at all called Albabici that seems like it would be worth checking out, just to see what it's about.

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Old 03-13-19, 06:11 AM
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* groans *

That's not an argument.
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Old 03-13-19, 06:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Doctor Morbius View Post
Nobody is supposed to know that until March 19th!!



How many LBS threads have we had already this year? I have lost count.

Maybe it's time for a sticky so y'all can "discuss" amongst yourselves.
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Old 03-13-19, 06:40 AM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post


How many LBS threads have we had already this year? I have lost count.

Maybe it's time for a sticky so y'all can "discuss" amongst yourselves.
This.
Doom and gloom cycling enthusiasts on a cycling forum rubbing their hands together in glee because they believe that their sport is in decline.
Or better yet, they are excited that hardworking local business owners are having a tough time competing with the U.K. and Far East for internet sales.
Freakin knuckleheads
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I guess the lesson is to keep spares on hand! If our bike shops vanish then we need to be equipped and self reliant.
I've never seen a bike shop vanish so quickly that I couldn't stock up on items from them if they truly were my only local buying option.
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Originally Posted by Doctor Morbius View Post
Nobody is supposed to know that until March 19th!!
OK, you get somebody over here right NOW to clean this coffee off my computer screen
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Well Ventura is not in the Mojave Desert, you have the whole of Metro LA..
No self-respecting Ventura resident would be caught dead in the LA area. UGH!!!

But seriously, there are plenty of bike shops in Ventura County, many of them along the 101 corridor. Ventura is a cycling mecca and riders here are well served by our local shops.

Ventura Trek was a nice, usually well-stocked shop. Their location, in the back of a strip mall, was not very helpful—too hard to find. Their prices were not competitive.
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Its tough business. so many people buying from internet. and people buying only vintage stuff.
So its your position that the extremely niche group of cyclists that focus on vintage bikes are causing shops to close?
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Old 03-13-19, 08:23 AM
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I think that's a large part of it, but it's also demographics, and the fact that kids in their teens and 20's don't care much for riding bikes. For some reason that totally escapes me, they like skateboards much better.
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Old 03-13-19, 08:31 AM
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I think that's a large part of it, but it's also demographics, and the fact that kids in their teens and 20's don't care much for riding bikes. For some reason that totally escapes me, they like skateboards much better.
I think you are correct. My daughter and I used to ride almost every weekend . I taught her the basics and we restored and rode vintage 10 speed bikes ( she has a couple of nice bikes). She lives in San Diego with her husband now which has some of the nicest bike paths I have seen here in Southern California but she no longer rides. I gave her husband a top of the line Trek 600 in perfect condition so they both would have good bikes to ride. They are both into Roller Derby so the bikes just sit. I am glad they have an activity other than the electronic stuff but they are not going to be visiting a bike shop anytime soon. Joe
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This thread is actually worse than this one:

Another bike shop closing

At least there we know why the shop closed: The owners were all up there in years and had been in business for a long time. (As I note in that thread, the guy who sold me my first touring bike back in '98 or '99 was not a kid back then.) Just like Wayne from the highly successful touring store was, they were ready to start new chapters in their lives.

Here, we have no idea whatsoever why the store closed. Maybe it lost its lease and has not found a suitable substitute location yet. That happened to a LBS here in Philly just a few months ago. It has since found a new location and will re-open, if it has not already. There are a lot of reasons why all sorts of businesses close. (The pizza shop on my corner closed a few months ago, and not because people are buying vintage pizzas on line. The owner has another place and a long-time worker made an offer to purchase the business.) In this case, we don't even know if it's temporary. Maybe they are remodeling.

But speculate and even run around like a chicken with your head cut off if it satisfies a need.
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I've lived in my neighborhood over 40 years, and have seen 5 or 6 bike shops come and go in the same building. It's now split into two store fronts, a Korean (I think) martial arts studio and a dance studio. Some of the shops were good, others not so much. It was convenient and right on my ride route if I needed something, but I don't really miss it, especially the last iteration. There is a Serious Cycling, a modern, high end type of shop 2 miles away, and Atomic Cycling with a great owner, Paul, great prices, and troves of vintage stuff about 5 miles away. In between is Domestique, where I've found stuff that neither of the other shops mentioned, had. Part of the fun of cycling is being resourceful. Lots of choices, online shopping, finding new shops you didn't even know about, and do it yourself repair and maintenance is all part of the deal. I hate to see any shops fail and close, but these are the times we live in.
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Originally Posted by eja_ bottecchia View Post


No self-respecting Ventura resident would be caught dead in the LA area. UGH!!!

But seriously, there are plenty of bike shops in Ventura County, many of them along the 101 corridor. Ventura is a cycling mecca and riders here are well served by our local shops.

Ventura Trek was a nice, usually well-stocked shop. Their location, in the back of a strip mall, was not very helpful—too hard to find. Their prices were not competitive.
Heck, even Thousand Oaks was kind of sketchy. Though I admit to gong to Fry's in Northridge from time to time.

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A small town near us has had four come and go over the years. The last was a branch of an area multi-store chain, new building and everything. Gone last week.
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Heck, even Thousand Oaks was kind of sketchy. Though I admit to gong to Fry's in Northridge from time to time.

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Thousand Oaks?!?! Born and raised in the city of Ventura and have seen it get sketchier over the decades. Thousand Oaks is way less sketch in my experience...

I have a friend who is selling his bike shop in another state. Looks like a successful operation from the outside but he is working harder and making less. I think it has been in business over 8 years. He’s having a hard time selling because when potential buyers look at the numbers, it just doesn’t make sense. It is so bad he might just liquidate the business because he is tired of the responsibility and upkeep. Fortunate for him they own the land and building...
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
Sure. Bike industry is cramming things like aluminum and carbon and disc brake roadbikes down our throat. But many people want steel frame with cantilever brakes and horizontal top tubes and 26 inch wheels. Many people don't find things in bike shop appealing anymore.
I would bet that many, or most, who want these things either warrant at bike shops to begin with and therefore don't use bike shops before or currently or the people don't know how to service their bikes and need a bike shop in order to order and install those 26 in Wheels and that lower Tech componentry.
if someone wants to opt out of modern technology and nose how to service a bike then bike shops haven't lost that customer. They never had that customer to begin with. Therefore those people really shouldn't be considered when suggesting that bike shops are losing customers due to customers wanting simplified older technology.
and anyone who 1 simplified older technology but does not have the skills 2 set it up and maintain we'll go to a bike shop for service and parts. Therefore bike shops are still getting those customers.

your suggestion, to me, is clearly just your bias being projected onto a wide group of consumers.

and all this is coming from me, someone who actively fixes up 80s Road and mountain bikes and loves the Aesthetics and usability of frames and components from 30 or more years ago. I don't go to shops, but I don't think that I should be counted as a reason why shops are closing because I never went to shops.
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Remodeling - Trek Ventura

Store reopens under new owner Sunday 12 May 2019.
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