If you're a supplier rep, don't bring in a carbon handlebar and claim it's "unbreakable", then get upset when it turns out not to be
Moar Top Tips...being a bell end in your lbs
"I'm doing the Etape on Sunday"
In every bike shop across Scotland the week before the Etape Caledonia-
We had that but for the London to Brighton.
Every year our (London) bike shop was overrun with people who'd got their bike out of the shed for the first time since London-Brighton last year, wondered why it had seized solid and brought it in for repair (and were unwilling to pay more than £10). 18hrs before the ride started...
The other one but at the opposite end of the scale was the London Triathlon. It's quite a big corporate gig where all the city boys like to willy-wave about having done a "tri" and there's loads of sponsorship so a week before the event we used to get bankers and lawyers in all saying "I'm doing the London Tri so I need a bike and some kit and some aero wheels and I've got £8000, will that be enough?"
Yes sir, we can certainly help you spend £8000...
Guy walks in to my lbs while I'm in, idly chatting to the staff, I hang back, let the staff crack on.
'Is (lbs owner) in?'
'I'm afraid not no, it's his day off today, he'll be back in on Monday, is the anything I can do for you?'
'I need some pedals for that' points at the dura-ace equipped, carbon, ex team bike exotica hung up behind the counter.
'OK, he mentioned he'd sold it, what shoes do you have?'
Discussion on what shoes he has.
Shop staff 'weve got these, at £69.99, or these at 99.99?'
'I'll take the hundred quid ones, but (lbs owner) had better throw them with the bike in for that price'
'if I'm paying that much for a bike, I want pedals thrown in'
'I'll put them to one side and leave a message for (lbs owner) for when you pick it up.'
For clarity, the bike in question is a 2012 ex team Trek Madone that, 9 months ago, would have cost £6000. The guy had bought it for £2500, with full warranty. Clearly he wasn't happy with that discount.....
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