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Forum: Road Cycling 02-03-13, 01:45 PM
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Posted By MinnMan
qed.

qed.
Forum: Road Cycling 02-03-13, 12:16 PM
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Posted By MinnMan
You are proving my accusation. You think you're...

You are proving my accusation. You think you're better than those of us who believe in test rides.

Yes, as a matter of fact I have controlled for some of those during my test rides - it's easy if...
Forum: Road Cycling 02-02-13, 12:15 PM
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Posted By MinnMan
Otherwise known as snobbery.

Otherwise known as snobbery.
Forum: Road Cycling 02-01-13, 11:18 PM
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Posted By MinnMan
For example, this place http://flandersbros.com ...

For example, this place http://flandersbros.com has been open for 40 years, catering chiefly to racers and enthusiasts. At the moment they sell only Ridley, Bianchi, Focus, Time, and Serotta. (It...
Forum: Road Cycling 02-01-13, 11:11 PM
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Posted By MinnMan
I'm sure it's much harder to run a business...

I'm sure it's much harder to run a business without carrying one or more of the major brands and carrying products that span the range of price points, but it can be done. I know a couple of shops...
Forum: Road Cycling 01-31-13, 03:03 PM
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Posted By MinnMan
I'm curious to learn why you learn things about...

I'm curious to learn why you learn things about your bikes by riding them but you are skeptical that your customers will learn much from a test ride.
Forum: Road Cycling 01-31-13, 01:53 PM
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Posted By MinnMan
You are answering a question that hasn't been...

You are answering a question that hasn't been asked. Most online purchases are accessories, rather than bikes. I personally don't shop for bikes online, I do buy a fair fraction of my parts and...
Forum: Road Cycling 01-31-13, 12:41 PM
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Posted By MinnMan
This thread has migrated pretty far from the...

This thread has migrated pretty far from the original point, but c'est la vie....

I think all bike consumers are struggling with the tension between the great deals and wide product availability...
Forum: Road Cycling 01-30-13, 10:25 PM
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Posted By MinnMan
As others have mentioned, ten 3 hour test rides...

As others have mentioned, ten 3 hour test rides is a rather extreme example.



In my experience, the ground rules for test rides are dry road conditions.

I appreciate your respect for your...
Forum: Road Cycling 01-30-13, 10:02 PM
Replies: 254
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Posted By MinnMan
You're probably right that my annoyance was...

You're probably right that my annoyance was reflected back on the wrong quote.
Forum: Road Cycling 01-30-13, 01:03 PM
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Posted By MinnMan
I'm really surprised by this perspective. As I...

I'm really surprised by this perspective. As I already noted, none of the LBS in my area work this way. Every one of them will let me test ride any bike in the shop, so long as they believe I'm a...
Forum: Road Cycling 01-30-13, 12:51 PM
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Posted By MinnMan
Yes.

Yes.
Forum: Road Cycling 01-30-13, 10:50 AM
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Posted By MinnMan
OK, maybe I am not cool enough to be in your...

OK, maybe I am not cool enough to be in your class or to know enough to buy without a test ride, but test riding was essential to a mid-range purchase I made a few months ago.

I was moving up...
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