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Odd inventory at the LBS

Old 08-12-06, 07:06 PM
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Odd inventory at the LBS

I recently moved to Houston from Nashville so I've been checking out the local shops on weekends just to see whats out there. Today I stopped in one that sells both Specialized and Trek. There were several Madone 5.2's that were nice. Then I looked around and noticed all of them were triples. I do not have an altemeter type computer but I can tell you what a graph of the greater Houston area topography looks like. Here it is (_________--______________________________-______________________). So the question is....why so many triples in the store? It made no sense at all to me.
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bragging rights for the idiots?

"i have 18 speeds"
"psh, oh yeah, i have 27. in your face!"
"this bike is only 17 pounds. yours?"
"25... that only cause of the rack on my wheel! otherwise id be an easy 24..."
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The economy of scale.
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Simple... they sold all the doubles.
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Originally Posted by mister
Simple... they sold all the doubles.
Which is entirely possible given that triple models cost more. Although, when buying a Madone one doesn't care for $50 more...
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Originally Posted by mister
Simple... they sold all the doubles.
why even stock a triple?
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Sounds like a good time to haggle 'em down and pick one up. Then swap out the cranks.
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Because Houston isn't the only place we ride. Austin is right around the corner, and they got plenty of hills! I bet all those people that ride the MS150 love their triples.
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Originally Posted by midgetcycler
Because Houston isn't the only place we ride. Austin is right around the corner, and they got plenty of hills! I bet all those people that ride the MS150 love their triples.
A triple in Austin?
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Originally Posted by mister
Simple... they sold all the doubles.
Simpler yet, all Trek has left this late in the season is triples. Trek's salesman walks in your store and says "You need some Madone's on the floor, I'll force a few in here for you". This is most likely what happened. The power play of the "store floor planning game" that Trek S-H-O-V-E-S down their delears throats. Or is it the knife they put in them?
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Old 08-13-06, 01:42 AM
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3 mile hill in Percy Warner Park (nashville)makes the triple worthwile. but then i'm a wuss

also approaching radnor lake from the east. lots o'hills there
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Originally Posted by Nashville Man
why even stock a triple?
In most industries mfg's give you deals based on prearranged buying plans. You take a presellected group of product and you get maybe an additional 5% off. The triples might be there from a package deal. I would buy a triple even if I lived on flat terrain if the price was right. You can always sell the parts on ebay. Better yet, don't use the granny gear and just ride in the 52 tooth chainring.

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Originally Posted by gm1230126
Simpler yet, all Trek has left this late in the season is triples. Trek's salesman walks in your store and says "You need some Madone's on the floor, I'll force a few in here for you". This is most likely what happened. The power play of the "store floor planning game" that Trek S-H-O-V-E-S down their delears throats. Or is it the knife they put in them?


...and this from a guy in Wisconsin....

You sound like you have experience...
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Originally Posted by Nashville Man
why even stock a triple?
Because they probably were ordered after booking, and Trek had no doubles left? Trek not having inventory is an OLD story, particularly on the first run of the Madone 5.2.
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Houston?

Did you come across a shop stocked solely with steel bikes with quill stems? In fact the store would have likely been devoid of anything made out of Carbon Fibre. The owner would have been pompous, while the window display would have had an effigy of Chairman Mao hung from a small gallows in the store window.

Let us all know if you saw such a shop. We may know the guy.....
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Originally Posted by gm1230126
Simpler yet, all Trek has left this late in the season is triples. Trek's salesman walks in your store and says "You need some Madone's on the floor, I'll force a few in here for you". This is most likely what happened. The power play of the "store floor planning game" that Trek S-H-O-V-E-S down their delears throats. Or is it the knife they put in them?
I don't buy it. Trek is capable of making 2 or 3 chainring bikes. If Houston is ultraflat, none of the bikes sent there should be triples. The higher end ones especially.

My guess is that LBSs purposely want triples in order to sell to wealthy beginners. Also, I presume the granny ring comes off and on pretty easy, and so you can add it back when going far.
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The market drives the stock of a store. I was always dissapointed by the lack a doulbes at the store I worked at. We almost never got a bike in a double if it was available in a triple version. I always thought that was stupid until I saw the numbers. When the shop used to stock both almost 80% of the sales were triples. Why...well, I'm not sure. I think most peole who aren't heavy cyclists don't realize the stigma associated with triples that exists and instead they just see it as having more options then the double. It's central Iowa, so it's pretty flat, but I think they also look at where they may want to ride some day and in their minds the triple gives them more options. So...that could explain it

Also, since most of these bikes were 105 or Ultegra we always tried to keep double parts stock so we could convert any of the bikes to a double if we needed to.
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Originally Posted by gm1230126
Simpler yet, all Trek has left this late in the season is triples. Trek's salesman walks in your store and says "You need some Madone's on the floor, I'll force a few in here for you". This is most likely what happened. The power play of the "store floor planning game" that Trek S-H-O-V-E-S down their delears throats. Or is it the knife they put in them?
Oh...and Trek isn' t that bad Both of the shops I've worked for have been Trek dealers and they are actually a great company to work with in my experience. Sure, they are always trying to get more of their product in the store, who can blame them, but they aren't too heavy handed about it. They certainly don't force us to stock anything we don't want to
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Originally Posted by classic1
Houston?

Did you come across a shop stocked solely with steel bikes with quill stems? In fact the store would have likely been devoid of anything made out of Carbon Fibre. The owner would have been pompous, while the window display would have had an effigy of Chairman Mao hung from a small gallows in the store window.

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All those triples allows much weaker people to get into biking and ride in your way all the time
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HMM Tennesse has some big hills, maybe you didn't notice them.
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Originally Posted by gm1230126
Trek's salesman walks in your store and says "You need some Madone's on the floor, I'll force a few in here for you". This is most likely what happened. The power play of the "store floor planning game" that Trek S-H-O-V-E-S down their delears throats. Or is it the knife they put in them?
Back in the day, during summers from college, I worked in a sort of everything-outdoorsy shop - bikes, fly fishing, rock climbing, camping, etc., etc. I normally worked on the 'boot deck' (it had shoes and the floor was wood, unlike the gross old carpeting in the rest of the store). One day the sales rep from Salomon came along and announced that he was going to rearrange the entire display which I had painstakingly organised into a logical arrangement. So the guy goes at it - - basically put all the Salomon shoes right in front of the aisle entering the area with no logic connecting them to all the other shoes in the place. It was quite annoying, as the next day I had to move them all back.

But at least he gave everyone free water bottles and I got a US$100 pair of Tri running shoes for $25.
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Originally Posted by gattm99
HMM Tennesse has some big hills, maybe you didn't notice them.
try reading the original post again.
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Originally Posted by slide13
I think most peole who aren't heavy cyclists don't realize the stigma associated with triples that exists and instead they just see it as having more options then the double. It's central Iowa, so it's pretty flat, but I think they also look at where they may want to ride some day and in their minds the triple gives them more options. So...that could explain it
New to road riding- But I know our local hills from Mountain biking offroad. I have just bought a lower end Giant as my first foray into Road riding and I hate to say it but I either wanted a compact or a triple. A compact would not have given me a low enough gear but an XT rear derailler and a 12/ 32 rear cassette would be about right. More sense to me would have been the triple though so that is what I got. Now if there is a stigma involved with a triple I'll bear that in mind when I repass that group of Wa*&%rs up the High and Over next week with their non compact- non triple crankset. And they still did not Beat me to the cafe either.

Triples are for newbies, Old uns, and hills. I'm a newbie to road riding, no longer a spring chicken but we do have hills in our area. If getting to the top of a 20% hill without struggling is a stigma- then I am well and truly sunk.
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Originally Posted by 0810
bragging rights for the idiots?

"i have 18 speeds"
"psh, oh yeah, i have 27. in your face!"
"this bike is only 17 pounds. yours?"
"25... that only cause of the rack on my wheel! otherwise id be an easy 24..."
Did you see "A Scanner Darkly"?

I just bought this mountain bike from the kid next door. He says it's an 8 speed.

8 speed?

Yeah.

Wait, look, 1, 2, 3, 4 here at the back, and 1, 2 there. It's a 6 speed.

What?!? 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Dammit! It's missing two gears. The kid ripped me off!
I'm still laughing my ass off.
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