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Fixed gear bike shop employees, why don't you know anything about bikes?

Old 03-11-09, 11:07 AM
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Fixed gear bike shop employees, why don't you know anything about bikes?

My girlfriend went into the local fixed gear shop to get measured for her first bike in 15 years. She's about 5'8" or so. They had her stand over a 50cm frame and said, "Yep, that looks about right. You want to have a couple inches between the frame and your crotch for when you fall." And that, my friends, is what happens when you get measured at a fixed gear bike shop. Amazing.
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Old 03-11-09, 11:11 AM
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Can happen with any bike shop, not just FG shops.

But with FG, if it looks good, it's good...
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Jeebus.

And that is why I stay far far away from all of these Fixed Gear Specific Shops or "boutiques" as they like to be called.
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Old 03-11-09, 11:32 AM
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Protip: that 50cm was probably the only one they had in stock.
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Old 03-11-09, 11:35 AM
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I'm really hating the fact that anyone can snag an old shoe-store and turn it in to a Fixed Gear Boutique. These guys never know anything about bikes except what the hot trend is! It's embarassing for cyclists everywhere!
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Old 03-11-09, 11:41 AM
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Fixed Gear bikes are the ultimate fashion accessory!
That's why they come in all sorts of pretty colors.

Real bikes are painted black.
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never even seen a fixed gear shop. if i did, i'd be sure not to go in...
the only reason i go into bike shops is when getting something done that i don't trust myself to do properly.
the only people i'll trust more than myself are those with lots of experience.
a shop designed arount a fad is the last place i'd look for people with lots of experience...
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Old 03-11-09, 11:46 AM
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Originally Posted by sp00ki View Post
never even seen a fixed gear shop. if i did, i'd be sure not to go in...
the only reason i go into bike shops is when getting something done that i don't trust myself to do properly.
the only people i'll trust more than myself are those with lots of experience.
a shop designed arount a fad is the last place i'd look for people with lots of experience...
Bike Revolutions?
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I love my LBS. 5 bucks to take off my fork, chop it down, reinstall. A bunch of employees who ride fixed and only 1 fixed gear bike for sale in the whole place.

Yeah I would pretty much never go to a fixed-specific shop. What could they offer that a normal shop wouldn't, besides custom-painted HPlusSons?
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Old 03-11-09, 11:50 AM
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good point. never went in; the $20 dollar chainring bolts pretty much told me everything i needed to know.
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Old 03-11-09, 11:56 AM
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The only fixed gear shop I've ever liked was Yojimbo's Garage back home.
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There's a shop here in Vancouver called Super Champion, and while they do sell all the hottest annod stuff, they also sell a lot of track-only stuff, too. They've built up wheels for me, and done some other maintenance stuff. The customer service is also outstanding. I suspect they're kind of an anomaly, but I'll almost always go to them for new stuff, repairs, etc.
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Originally Posted by LoRoK View Post
My girlfriend went into the local fixed gear shop to get measured for her first bike in 15 years. She's about 5'8" or so. They had her stand over a 50cm frame and said, "Yep, that looks about right. You want to have a couple inches between the frame and your crotch for when you fall." And that, my friends, is what happens when you get measured at a fixed gear bike shop. Amazing.
I feel your pain.

Keep in mind that "Track Boutiques" aren't necessarily "Bike Shops". This is sort of like going to a Sneaker Boutique and expecting to get properly fitted for a running shoe for actual road running. Not gonna happen.

No offense against the boutique guys. I'm glad you have the shops, but some (not all) don't know jack about fitting bikes. Hats off to the ones that do.
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Old 03-11-09, 12:59 PM
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Originally Posted by monsterkidz View Post
"boutiques" as they like to be called
Really?

They like to be called "boutiques"?

FAIL.
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My shop caters mostly to messengers and commuters, so they cater to a lot of fixed gear riders and they know their stuff.

I guess I'm lucky.
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I was at the mall with the wife recently and stopped at the Sun and Ski sports where I had picked up my MASI fixed last year looking for a stem shim to install my 1 1/8" stem on my kilo. The shop tech or "SHOP PRO" said these exact words to me . . ."Oh man you don't want to put a shim there of all places, you're just looking to get hurt its just not worth it!" So i went and checked out the accessories section where I wouldn't have to ***** slap this guy for his abundant ignorance!
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Old 03-11-09, 03:53 PM
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i imagine the only reason i'd go to one of those places if I wanted a "rare" fixed gear part i couldn't find in a real LBS. since there isn't one around here, that's what the internet is for. i doubt i'd ever trust a shop that only did one thing.
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since when did we start accepting that the original bike shop that misfit the girl was indeed a boutique?
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the premise here is that top tube length is the relevant issue right?

if the standover is ok, cant most folks who are not freaks just adjust the stem length to get a pretty good fit?
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True story

Me: I need a 1/8" chain
LBS employee: Huh?
Me: I need a basic BMX chain.
LBS employee: what for?
Me: To put on my singlespeed fixed gear bike.
LBS: Its not going to work.
ME: Yes it will. I need a 1/8" inch chain. Like the basic KMC chain thats there under the counter.
LBS: Those don't work on 3 speeds.
ME. Yes it will, but thats irrelevant. I don't have a 3 speed. I have a fixed gear bike with a chainring and cog that require a 1/8" chain... like that KMC chain right there.
LBS: Sorry, I can't sell you that. Its not going to work.
ME: How about you just sell me the chain, and let me worry about if it will work.
LBS: You need a 9 speed chain.
ME: Goodbye.

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Old 03-11-09, 05:57 PM
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but these fixed gear specialist who open shops have been riding supposedly for 4 years!! (sarcasm)
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You got a 1/8" BMX chain to work on your fixed gear?

Usually the ones I've seen have been too short, so you need a 1/8" track chain.
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^ A 1/8" chain is a 1/8" chain is a 1/8" chain.

Some do come with more or less links.
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Originally Posted by LoRoK View Post
My girlfriend went into the local fixed gear shop to get measured for her first bike in 15 years. She's about 5'8" or so. They had her stand over a 50cm frame and said, "Yep, that looks about right. You want to have a couple inches between the frame and your crotch for when you fall." And that, my friends, is what happens when you get measured at a fixed gear bike shop. Amazing.
ROFL, my reply got deleted.
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Originally Posted by mihlbach View Post
true story

me: I need a 1/8" chain
lbs employee: Huh?
Me: I need a basic bmx chain.
Lbs employee: What for?
Me: To put on my singlespeed fixed gear bike.
Lbs: Its not going to work.
Me: Yes it will. I need a 1/8" inch chain. Like the basic kmc chain thats there under the counter.
Lbs: Those don't work on 3 speeds.
Me. Yes it will, but thats irrelevant. I don't have a 3 speed. I have a fixed gear bike with a chainring and cog that require a 1/8" chain... Like that kmc chain right there.
Lbs: Sorry, i can't sell you that. Its not going to work.
Me: How about you just sell me the chain, and let me worry about if it will work.
Lbs: You need a 9 speed chain.
Me: Goodbye.
lmao
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