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Should I Tip My Bike Fitter?

Old 12-03-07, 05:24 PM
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Should I Tip My Bike Fitter?

This weekend I'm going for a comprehensive bike fitting. It's a 4 hours process that involves an interview, all kinds of measurements, videotaping and follow-up. It's going to set me back a couple hundred dollars. The person who's doing it is a former professional triathlete and he has a PhD in Physiology. Should I tip him after the procedure is done?

One one hand, this whole process seems very professional - it's expensive and the guy is a PhD. I don't tip my doctors or my attorneys. When I was self-employed as a CPA, nobody ever gave me a tip. This guy isn't an $8/hour bike shop employee either, so I'm thinking it might not be appropriate to offer him a tip.

On the other hand, he's providing a service. If I don't tip him, would he be insulted? With certain professions (waiter or cab driver come to mind), tips are expected. With a bike fitter, I'm not so sure.
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No tip.
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Old 12-03-07, 05:28 PM
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One of the many fittings I have had included a RacerMate Computrainer and Dartfish video analysis. It was quite involved and took 3 1/2 hours...

The fitter that did mine was a Serrotta Certified Fit Technician and not a PhD...

It cost a few hundred bucks...

I did offer a tip...

He said it was not needed and he did not take it...
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Yes, offer. Unless he's the owner, he's a working man.
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I say no, but now I'm kind of wondering. I guess it depends on how pleasant the experience is. A good fit is one thing, but if he's really pleasant and stuff the whole time, then maybe a tip is in order.

It's kind of like a haircut I guess. I tip based solely on performance.
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Old 12-03-07, 05:46 PM
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No tip.
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I tipped mine, but it's the 2nd time he's done it and since it was pretty minor he only wanted $25. I gave him $40, he spent over 2 hours with me just fine tuning some small changes since my last fit.
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No tip.
Correct.
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no tip, just thank you and here's your big check.
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I think tipping is a flawed system in general, so I'd say no. If he wants more money for his fit, he should charge more. But it's no reason to be a jerk about it, I don't really haggle with my LBS on prices or anything, a price is a price.
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Negatory on the tipsky.
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Originally Posted by vantassell View Post
I think tipping is a flawed system in general
i dont. thats where most of my money comes from. that being said, if/when i get a pro fit i will tip the guy.
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Take the fitter's children hostage. Return them as a tip if the job was done properly a year later.
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As the immortal Dwight Schrute said "I don't tip for something I can do myself. I can deliver food. I can, and do, cut my own hair. I did, however, tip my urologist, because I'm not capable of pulverizing my own kidney stones." Take it for what it's worth.
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Old 12-04-07, 12:20 AM
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No way. At what most fitters charge per hour, you've already paid more than enough for his or her services.
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Old 12-04-07, 12:34 AM
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No tip. He probably wouldn't even appreciate being offered one and will likely refuse it.
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Originally Posted by ChunkyB View Post
As the immortal Dwight Schrute said "I don't tip for something I can do myself. I can deliver food. I can, and do, cut my own hair. I did, however, tip my urologist, because I'm not capable of pulverizing my own kidney stones." Take it for what it's worth.

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The guy has a Phd in Physiology and works as a bike fitter? How much is he charging you?
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Never tip shop staff but if they give you extra service or a special deal- Nothing wrong with a pack of doughnuts or a 6 pack every now and then.
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Originally Posted by rooftest View Post
The guy has a Phd in Physiology and works as a bike fitter?
Bike fitting is just one of many things he does. He's a triathlon coach and an assistant professor at the University of Hawaii. He's definitely not a bike shop employee.
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Old 12-04-07, 01:30 PM
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You should tip me for replying.... just saying
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you tip servers because they make half of minimum wage (read: $2 an hour) because they are "tipped employees" and rely on tips.

the government assumes servers make a 10% tip on every table and tax them accordingly. Thats why you should always tip your server. If you stiff them, they still pay taxes on what you SHOULD HAVE left them.

don't worry about tipping this guy, he obviously makes more than minimum wage

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Its been my experience that you can do a better job fitting yourself. Google can go a long way here.

If you do need help, a bike fit should be a free service. Who has ever paid to try on shoes?
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