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Old 07-10-12, 10:48 AM
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If you could have a shop...

Describe it.

Mine would only be possible if I could win the lottery b/c I'd be selling boutique bikes for no profit, LOL. I would sell what others don't. You want a 29'er? Take your pick from my lineup of Kona Honzo's, Transition Bandit 29, Canfield Yelli, DBR Dixon.

Is it a 26'er you're looking for? All I've got is stuff that's over 26lbs. Small stock from Sinister, Cove, Transition, Canfield, Brodie (hardtails), Norco, Banshee, On One, DMR, etc.

I will have a medium and large test bike: freeride, AllMountain dually, AMHardtail, DJ'er for you to try on my mini skills loop and urban area.

You want to see how well suspension works? My little rock garden has a video camera next to it to record your trip through it on each bike so you can watch the fork and shock working in SloMo while you sip a cool beverage at my cabana where there are at least 3 seperate MTB / urban movies looping continuously.

I will carry chain guides. Hammerschimdt. Oddball tensioners.

If you come in looking for an XC bike, I will delightfully refer you to the shop around the corner.



If you leave my shop unhappy, Tinkerbell will sprinkle you with fairy dust OTW out the door.
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Old 07-10-12, 10:59 AM
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It would sell whatever made me enough money to close at 4 and go riding when I felt like it.
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^^ I think that would be a drug shop instead of a bike shop, wouldn't it?
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In my not gonna make a profit shop, I'd specifically sell only one type of bike, most likely FG/SS and a variety of components for them. No cassettes, no deraileurs, no hassles

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^^ I think that would be a drug shop instead of a bike shop, wouldn't it?
Pharmacy? or Crack House?
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I'd want a shop with a sliding glass door in the back that opened right up to a nice single track trail or three. Maybe three different trails marked like ski runs (easy, inter, and difficult), where customers could test bikes. Impossible in the real world of course, due to liability reasons, but a fun dream.

I also think I'd like the road section of the shop to be distinctly separate from the mtb section, with different interior design and everything. And LOTS of bikes! Bikes in those annoying racks, bikes on the floor, bikes hanging from the ceiling, bikes everywhere!

I also like the idea of big flatscreen TVs. The TV in the road section could play vintage TdF footage, and the one in the mtb scene could play some fun trials stuff.
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if i won a bazzillion dollars and could have my own shop.....

at my shop, anyone who works there MUST ride bikes regularly and know more about bikes and riding than 90% of the population. it would be super chill, no pressure, super friendly and helpful to anyone who walked in the door. no snobs, you would get treated the same if you came in on a $10,000 road bike or a Next. we would only sell what we like and what we ride. oh, you want a blackburn bike pump? nope, sorry, we only carry lezyne pumps. customers who are rude or jackass would be told frankly and loudly to get the hell out and not come back. there would be a tattoo guy on hand for tattoos while you wait for your bike to be serviced. and there would be a bookshelf with cool books. and at my shop, you can drink throughout the day, and we'd have a pump track out in the back.
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I would have a Transporter Room that transports the rider and test bike to where ever they need to try the bike. If they stay more than 30 minutes then they have to pay extra. First 30 minutes are free.
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I think I would just open a bar...that sold bikes. And had a killer pump track in the back. Seems as if Pablo is on the same page. Beer+ bikes+ pump track = happiness . Well at least for me.
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Beer+ bikes+ pump track = carnage
FTFY. Note to self: Explore partnership with local minor emergency clinic.
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"Put the shop next to some trails." is awesome but obvious. I want a shop with a track around the inside of the exterior wall. A smooth velodrome section for road bikes and something like Ray's or Joyride150 for the fat-tire crowd. In Canadurr, the roads and trails aren't bike-friendly 365.

My shop would also have a Mazzer Robur grinding for a Synesso or a La Marzocco while we were open and Kichesippi 1855 on tap.
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FTFY. Note to self: Explore partnership with local minor emergency clinic.
so your tellin me you dont shotgun a couple beers before every ride? Come on man I thought everybody was doin that lol.
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i do think all bike shops should have a grill. and a couch. we have a grill and a couch, and i think all shops should have them.
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if I win the lottery, I'm buying as much land near state parks as I possibly can so it's not covered with crappy houses.

I worked in shops for many years in my misspent youth, that's one of the ways I misspent it.
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Honestly? I'd custom assemble a hard tail and full suspension series aimed directly at Clydes and Athenas! 4 different models all available with real rims, solid suspensions and good quality components. The beauty is one would not have to "Stock" a ton of stuff but have these bikes ready to go. The internet is your friend with stuff like this too!
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It would sell whatever made me enough money to close at 4 and go riding when I felt like it.
I like this idea. So I'd hire my friends and we'd all work topless. This is not a brothel, mind you, so no one's allowed to call the authorities on us...we just sell and repair bikes topless and leave a tip jar on the counter.

Oh, and we'd sell Yetis. And other stuff. And have a pump track out back. Yetis, pump tracks, and boobs...we'd be the most popular shop in town. I'm pretty sure this would have to be in either Boulder or San Fran or we'd get shut down pretty quickly.
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That's a good business model actually
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It would sell whatever made me enough money to close at 4 and go riding when I felt like it.
I like this idea. So I'd hire my friends and we'd all work topless. This is not a brothel, mind you, so no one's allowed to call the authorities on us...we just sell and repair bikes topless and leave a tip jar on the counter.

Oh, and we'd sell Yetis. And other stuff. And have a pump track out back. Yetis, pump tracks, and boobs...we'd be the most popular shop in town. I'm pretty sure this would have to be in either Boulder or San Fran or we'd get shut down pretty quickly.
If I worked topless, we'd be outta there and at the trail head by noon.
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A mini trail out back sounds real good. More informed buying decisions can be made this way. I'd also have a "you break it - you buy it policy"...just kidding, I got a million bucks!!!

Brands I would carry:

Yeti
Rocky Mountain
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Canyon
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Ghost
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Orbea
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Originally Posted by Zephyr11 View Post
I'm pretty sure this would have to be in either Boulder or San Fran or we'd get shut down pretty quickly.
Might work in Toronto too.
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What the hell are you guys thinking. We need to include a big four-head Marzocco espresso machine and a roasting works.

Sheesh.

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I actually was thinking about this before I saw the thread. I would have a repair shop, and if we disapproved of a bike we would recycle it and pay the customer off, "it was stolen during the test ride". There would be no old AMF's or Huffys for miles around.

This goes along with the beer in the back. Our late lamented favorite restaurant used to serve free beer, that's the only kind they could serve.
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Weekly Huffy Toss.
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I think a 'Big Brand Toss' would be nice. Specialized Saturdays. Trek Tuesdays.
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I am already there.

Looking at expanding to specialize in recumbent bikes and trikes on a retail basis while i continue to work on building custom frame and doing custom modifications and have a few friends that want to come as partners on the repair end of things.
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Oh, crap, 65'er, a dose of reality.

Good on ya.
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