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Bike Shop Etiquette Question

Old 05-23-20, 07:20 PM
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Bike Shop Etiquette Question

If you took your bike to a shop for repairs, when you picked the bike up, would you expect the seat/seat post to be in the same position as it was when you dropped it off, or completely moved from where you had it dialed in?
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Old 05-23-20, 07:32 PM
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Old 05-23-20, 07:45 PM
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The etiquette is in what you do about it if they've moved it from the way you had it. You do them a favor and tell them about it, that's all. I tell bike shops about it if anything's wrong when I've had something done. One thing I've learned to do is to check the torque on my cassette if I even think they might have messed with it - that's after having a cassette come completely loose on a ride. I've found it too loose a couple times since then, different shops.
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Old 05-23-20, 07:48 PM
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I always mark the seatpost prior to moving it, and replace it to the original position.
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It should come back the same. They should of marked it with tape.
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Old 05-23-20, 07:58 PM
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It should come back the same. They should of marked it with tape.
This was our practice when I worked at my LBS a decade ago.
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Originally Posted by WorldIRC View Post
This was our practice when I worked at my LBS a decade ago.
And is still the practice of any good mechanic as far as I'm concerned. My own aluminum I mark, anything else tape.
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You should expect it to be set back correctly, but be prepared in case it's not.
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Thanks for the feedback. Good, I’m not crazy. Yeah, it’s seems like incredibly lazy workmanship. I didn’t catch it until I got my bike home, so I had no discussion with the shop. I did however post this exact same question on a local Facebook cycling group and to my surprise everyone said it shouldn’t be expected, that the seat can come back where ever, because the bike mechanic may have had to take it for a test ride, or they may have needed to lower the seat to work on it in the repair stand. Just seems lazy.
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Could just be an oversight...
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I have no faith in getting anything right back from a shop.
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Originally Posted by So Square View Post
Thanks for the feedback. Good, Iím not crazy. Yeah, itís seems like incredibly lazy workmanship. I didnít catch it until I got my bike home, so I had no discussion with the shop. I did however post this exact same question on a local Facebook cycling group and to my surprise everyone said it shouldnít be expected, that the seat can come back where ever, because the bike mechanic may have had to take it for a test ride, or they may have needed to lower the seat to work on it in the repair stand. Just seems lazy.
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Could just be an oversight...
That's my guess
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The etiquette is in what you do about it if they've moved it from the way you had it.
And in what the shop does when you politely tell them about it.

I once told a shop, that I had used for the first time, that the bike I picked up from them had the seat post not returned to its original position. I didnít think it was a big, but I figured the manager might want to know about it to remind his service staff about proper SOP.

The guy behind the desk didnít take his eyes off the TV and replied with something to the effect of, ďNext time we donít have to test ride it.Ē I havenít been back to that store since.
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Old 05-24-20, 11:21 AM
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Originally Posted by blazin View Post
And in what the shop does when you politely tell them about it.

I once told a shop, that I had used for the first time, that the bike I picked up from them had the seat post not returned to its original position. I didnít think it was a big, but I figured the manager might want to know about it to remind his service staff about proper SOP.

The guy behind the desk didnít take his eyes off the TV and replied with something to the effect of, ďNext time we donít have to test ride it.Ē I havenít been back to that store since.
At the LBS I use, the bike comes back exactly as I left it, minus its issues, whatever they were, plus it's cleaner. They know I don't take it anywhere else.
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Originally Posted by Carbonfiberboy View Post
At the LBS I use, the bike comes back exactly as I left it, minus its issues, whatever they were, plus it's cleaner. They know I don't take it anywhere else.
If I could find a shop like that, Iíd never go anywhere else either!
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If I could find a shop like that, Iíd never go anywhere else either!
it suddenly seems to be the case that some areas of blessed with wonderful bike shops and others are cursed!
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My LBS marks with tape. I don't go often as I enjoy doing the work myself and have most of the tools I need. There are a few times that I just don't have the time and I take it in to a shop that has been around since the seventies and is familiar with my old steel racers. I always get a good job out of them and my bike is always road ready when I pick it up. The only time I can remember a hiccup is when I took my Raleigh Comp GS rear wheel in to have the drive side spokes replaced after a derailleur failed and allowed my chain to mangle the spokes. When I picked up the wheel it didn't have rim tape put back on . When I asked them the guy apologized and went over to the work station where he had my cloth Velox tape rolled up and asked if I wanted him to put it back on for me. He was busy that day and I said thank you , no , I can handle the task and thanked him again for keeping track of things . I was not really concerned that much , but they know how I am about my vintage bikes and are very good about this kind of thing. The wheel was true and that was my main concern, Joe
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As a shop I will mark any post before I move it and will move it back afterwards. I usually only move it if I have to. There are occasions where it slips my mind to move it back. No ill will intended - just a lot of other things to be focused on. I usually remember before it leaves though...

Don't condemn a shop if they forgot to move it back. Ask them about it.

For yourself - if your position is tweaked and was hard to get to then document it so you have it for your own records.
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Originally Posted by Psimet2001 View Post

Don't condemn a shop if they forgot to move it back. Ask them about it.

For yourself - if your position is tweaked and was hard to get to then document it so you have it for your own records.
Right now most shops are crazy busy with service work, and mechanics are constantly getting distracted by people that need help with purchases.
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Is this for test rides, perhaps with tall cyclists and short mechanics?

How many actually need test rides?
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Old 05-26-20, 10:41 AM
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Is this for test rides, perhaps with tall cyclists and short mechanics?
Most likely it's put the bike on the workstand.
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