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Your best LBS experience...

Old 04-08-09, 06:15 PM
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Your best LBS experience...

-knocked a few hundred of my caad9 since they accidentally ordered me a caad9 6 instead of 5 (paid less for better components)

-get great deals in exchange for great deals i can offer (free dry cleaning)

-offer beer anytime i go in

-the greatest bike shop in the universe

next time your in San Diego...check em out
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Old 04-08-09, 06:16 PM
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When I walk by, see things in the window and buy them from places in the EU for 50% off.
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Old 04-08-09, 06:28 PM
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thats the cool thing about this place, i tell them what i can get it for in EU and they do there best to match...and my card does not get cyberfuked. and i support a shop i want to stick around.
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I like the shop I just ordered my CAAD9-5 from a lot. It's a pretty intimidating shop...they carry road/cyclocross bikes only and most of their bikes are well north of 2 grand, and then go into the stratosphere from there in terms of pricing. All of the guys in there know their stuff, and it's apparent they're all avid road bikers and most are really helpful. I'll comment further once I have more experience with them...going in later this week/early next week to pick up some sidi zetas. If only they offered beer...not old enough for that to be legal though.

http://www.daviswheelworks.com/
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A couple weeks ago I went into an LBS here, a nice friendly place, to have a creaky crank looked at. I also asked them to true up the rear wheel. I went back in to get it a couple hours later, and he told me he took apart the BB, re greased it, check all the screws on the crank etc, trued the wheel, noticed that the headset has worked a little loose, and tightened that, and told me I owed $15 for all of it. not bad considering I didn't buy the bike there.
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Old 04-08-09, 06:41 PM
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I just have to ask to buy whatever and every time I have I get across the pond prices sans the headache. As a bonus, they take care of me - crashed in the middle of a race weekend, walked in a on a Saturday evening, not trusting myself, and they went over the bike and had it back for Sunday.
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Old 04-08-09, 06:43 PM
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I went to the bike store on my birthday (March 14) to buy my Trek 2.1 (which I had been looking at every other weekend for months). Guy at the store lets me test ride the 58 which was on the floor; says I could go for a 60cm cause I might grow some more. They don't have it in stock; he calls another store, turns out they do (but it isn't built). Dude must've spent an hour talking to me about cycling stuff, showing me his bike, etc. He says that they WILL get it done for me by 6pm that day, no matter what.


They ran over to the other store (easily 12 miles away), picked up the bike, built it, and had it ready for me by 3:30.

A lot of places would have told me to wait a week, rather than a few hours.

They made me priority; they have my loyalty.
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Could someone elaborate more on getting EU prices? What sites/catalogs, etc. do you look through to find them?
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Old 04-08-09, 06:50 PM
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Got a happy ending after a fitting.
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Old 04-08-09, 06:51 PM
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^^ now that is made in china
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Originally Posted by fauxto nick View Post
Got a happy ending after a fitting.
Yeah but from a dude or a chick?
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Old 04-08-09, 06:58 PM
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Yeah but from a dude or a chick?
I don't want to talk about it.
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Broke a spoke on my Velomax wheel, it takes a few days to fix those b/c there's some heat activated glue involved. The bike shop buy loaned me his personal wheel for 3 days.

Same shop,guy spent an hour custom fitting a rack that I didn't buy there, charged me $20.

Same shop, year later, I bring my bike in to have the fork cut, a month after buying new bars there. He cut it for free.
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From the General Cycling Forum ... a thread entitled, "Your POSITIVE experiences with cycling-related businesses":

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=257790
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Old 04-08-09, 08:09 PM
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Originally Posted by fbxcore View Post
Could someone elaborate more on getting EU prices? What sites/catalogs, etc. do you look through to find them?
The popular one around here is PBK (http://www.probikekit.com/), which I believe is based in England. Their prices on many things are a heck of a lot cheaper then US companies charge, because PBK bypasses the regular importer (who adds on their own "service charge" to everything). However, if you order a "large enough" amount of stuff from overseas, US Customs will notice, and they'll send you a bill for the taxes, etc. What the magic cut-off point for escaping the notice of US Customs agents is anybody's guess. However, even if you do get a bill from customs, you'll probably still get your stuff cheaper then you would through a US-based shop.
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
From the General Cycling Forum ... a thread entitled, "Your POSITIVE experiences with cycling-related businesses":

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=257790
this one is titled "Your BEST LBS experience..." and is located in the Road cycling forum.
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Old 04-08-09, 08:25 PM
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For me there is not a really positive experience that sticks out but I can say that any place that will treat me like I belong is always a good feeling.
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^yea that does go a long way for me also.
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Originally Posted by fbxcore View Post
I like the shop I just ordered my CAAD9-5 from a lot. It's a pretty intimidating shop...they carry road/cyclocross bikes only and most of their bikes are well north of 2 grand, and then go into the stratosphere from there in terms of pricing. All of the guys in there know their stuff, and it's apparent they're all avid road bikers and most are really helpful. I'll comment further once I have more experience with them...going in later this week/early next week to pick up some sidi zetas. If only they offered beer...not old enough for that to be legal though.

http://www.daviswheelworks.com/
this shop seemed really good, I was going to buy a caad 9-5 from here too until I sort of accidentally won the lynskey i'm now riding (probably about 500 more than what I would have spent after tax on the caad).

speaking of davis shops, I've had a great time working with apex cycles. the owner is really nice and helpful. he also offers a student discount, which is pretty legit.
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Originally Posted by LupinIII View Post
this shop seemed really good, I was going to buy a caad 9-5 from here too until I sort of accidentally won the lynskey i'm now riding (probably about 500 more than what I would have spent after tax on the caad).

speaking of davis shops, I've had a great time working with apex cycles. the owner is really nice and helpful. he also offers a student discount, which is pretty legit.
Yeah my friend was telling me about them the other day...he just bought a gold crankset for his fixie from there...do they do real road stuff or just fixie/single speed type stuff? Are you on the DBC or UCD cycling team?
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they give me parts to try out for extended periods of time to figure out if they'll work
they have a keg in the back
they never ask for payment, I always have to bug them about how I need to give them money
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they give me parts to try out for extended periods of time to figure out if they'll work
they have a keg in the back
they never ask for payment, I always have to bug them about how I need to give them money
reminds me. my shop threw a huge party on palomar the night before stage 8 of TOC(didnt make it). they are sponsored by a local brewery and had tons of beer in kegs. after all was said and done, they had a keg left over and kicked it down to the local boys who work at the restaurant next door. good way to get some free lunch.
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Originally Posted by fbxcore View Post
Yeah my friend was telling me about them the other day...he just bought a gold crankset for his fixie from there...do they do real road stuff or just fixie/single speed type stuff? Are you on the DBC or UCD cycling team?
apex is more geared for fixed stuff, but he does roadie bikes too. his on hand stock isn't the greatest but the orders usually come in within a few days. he's a bit more understanding of budgets than a lot of other bike shops too it seems.

I was gonna go out for the ucd team/club, but i had class during the intro rides and now they're gearing up for training it seems. not nearly in shape enough yet just more or less got into this stuff around december
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