Good things that your LBS does.
I can’t really top Foxy’s tale above!
Mine gives me the best wheelbuilders in the world, great banter, great stock, sublime customer service, a place to go for a pee when I’m in town, use of their workshop when I need it, good friends and a lovely place.
Oh, and it gave one of my best friends a husband, if that counts!
Stonehenge Cycles, Salisbury.Posted 9 years agojuddermanSubscriber
mine gives me free coffee, free advice, discount, take me on rides, share new rides, free fitting on parts that I purchases from them, does freebies while i wait 😀 All I have to do is spend all my money in their shop 😉 If carlsberg made bike shops it would be; http://www.bikecity.biz/Posted 9 years agosslowpaceMember
Same LBS for the past, er, 17 years. Knew the old owner well and the current owner has been a friend for 17 years.
Get Tea and Coffee (have to make it myself though, and for the others)
Use of the workshop and expensive tools.
Taught how to build wheels, meaning i never buy wheels from them! I do get asked to do the odd wheel build for them though.
Bowl of sweets on the counter to raid, post ride,
And best of all, a good bunch of mates and years of very good advice.
Westham cycles, WeymouthPosted 9 years agocrikeyMember
Friendly, quick to discount, always willing to chat, helped the other half buy me some excellent cycling kit by trying it on other customers in the shop when she went shopping, first time I went in they fixed my bike up after a slip on some diesel, no charge, always have good range of high quality kit, and they are a 35 mile round trip by bike from my house past other good, but not as good shops.
…and when i needed a new bike, I went and they sorted all my demands and oddities out. With grace and politeness and good humour.
They are: MK Cycles, Tonge Moor Road, Bolton.Posted 9 years agokiwijohnSubscriber
Made me build my own bloody bike when it came in. Did stay open late for me though.Posted 9 years ago
Wednesday night rides and weekend rambles.
Let’s me use the workshop if they’re not too busy.
Place to hang out, talk shit, drink coffee, read Dirt etc.
Beer:30 on Friday nights
Cyclingo, South Hobart.twinklydaveSubscriber
would let me have components for free if i helped build bikes during busy periods
didn’t mind me and mates hanging out all saturday
taught me how to build wheels if i made the tea and bought the chips for everyone
let me jump out of the 2nd floor window onto a huge pile of bike boxes 🙂 (pretty sure i broke a rib or two doing that, but it was still awesome)
sadly all that was years ago, i moved and now the most local bike shop is ribble cycles…so i have no local!Posted 9 years agoBaldysquirtSubscriber
Know who I am. Allow me to indulge in my favourite past time of talking about random bike kit for hours on end. Fix my bike for much cheapness (or for free). Let me use their hose after a gritty ride. Great guys – well worth the extra effort to use them rather than my slightly more local LBS.
18 Bikes, HopePosted 9 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
There is a BRILLIANT article in the current Dirt about bike shop staff… you ‘gotta read it.
Goes off to buy Dirt…Posted 9 years ago
Did anyone see the letter in there a couple of issues ago ripping the piss out of MBR/WhatMTB? Some reader letter which took up most of the page, it was funny as hell. 🙂stumpy01Member
Knocked a fiver off my Stumpy bearing replacement, as it wasn’t ready when I went to pick it up and I spent a few quid in the florist/coffee shop round the corner while waiting.
Gave me a front QR on Saturday for £0 that I could use on the bike mount I made for the car at the weekend (to allow me to stick the bike in the car upright, sans wheels).
Terry Wrights in Market Deeping by the way…Posted 9 years agomolgripsSubscriber
– ALWAYS have the small part/bearing/washer/bolt/widget that I need.
– Are nice
– Build a fantastic wheel
– Give me a discount 🙂
– Lend me tools
– Run a club and organise rides/track days/TTs etc and don’t require you to be a member to join in
SunsetPosted 9 years ago
– have a massive range of bikes that they let you try out up and down the road
– do some good end of season bargains and have a lovely habit of slapping very nice shocks and forks on them for free (I got Marz 66 RC2Xs and a Fox DHX coil shock on a £1500 bike)
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