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Nov 4, 2014 at 10:14
Nov 4, 2014
valtra mikelevy's article
Oct 15, 2014 at 15:17
Oct 15, 2014
Ghost AMR Riot Lector 7 - Review
Next day shipping would be spectacular. I'm waiting 2-3 weeks for Chromag grips from my LBS (this is now the off-season which factors in there). As far as buying parts go, the duties, since most shops are American, and shipping offset the benefit of online shopping. For big box stores selling bikes, I have a much harder time justifying the LBS when you get so much more for your money elsewhere. My next bike will probably be used off PB like the current one, but for me to get people involved in the sport I would not hesitate to send them to Royal, MEC, etc. and then to my favourite LBS for service. No one has to earn the right to buy good parts if those parts can be had on a budget. I just don't like the method of promoting the LBS using guilt. All businesses have overhead, and all businesses need to meet a minimum margin to stay in business. Book stores, computer shops, office suppliers...all of these businesses are facing steep competition from Big Box chains or online stores, but bike shops are the only I've been guilt tripped in. Service is the biggest strength of an LBS, and I don't think shops are doing a good enough job promoting that. If I bring in a part that obviously came from an online dealer or classified ad, don't lecture me on buying local. Complain about me all you want when walk out but when I'm in the store, treat me with the respect. I can do basic tune-ups at home so other repairs don't happen as often. If they only see me once or twice a year, I don't expect to build a relationship and don't expect discounts.
valtra mikelevy's article
Oct 14, 2014 at 17:16
Oct 14, 2014
Ghost AMR Riot Lector 7 - Review
By department store corporate owners I guess you mean the thousands of co-operative members that collectively own (and therefore get a vote in major decisions) MEC, right? Right. They give back to the community. Just this year MEC donated $10,000 each to two Canadian mountain bike associations to improve their trail systems (I think it was Shorthills for the Eastern competition). I'm also sure that their mechanics would enjoy a beer with you, and doubt that many independents will accept payment for service on the honour system. Now Royal Distributing, on the other hand, IS an "extreme sports" department store that recently became a dealer of Marin bikes in Ontario (I'm sure the other 10 independent dealers loved that), sells them at a major discount, and provides worse service than the Mennonite mechanic at Home Hardware. I'm still not going to deter people from shopping there because it's difficult to recommend that a friend should invest >$700 in a bike that is marginally better than a department store bike when a much more capable bike can be had for the same price. They can buy the one for better value, take it to another shop and get gouged on service fees (since that LBS will know it came from a soulless "department store") and still come out saving money. The independents have 3 ways to get my business: set lower prices, provide better service, carry better inventory (why would I wait 2 weeks for them to get a part when I can get it for cheaper in the same period). The latter two are the main reasons I keep going back to my LBSs. Unfortunately, I've been chastised for "shopping online" when I bring in parts I bought of Pinkbike for service at the shop carrying the best inventory, and consistently let down by the poor inventory of the shops with better service.
Oct 5, 2014 at 14:07
Oct 5, 2014
valtra pinkbikeaudience's article
Oct 1, 2014 at 11:54
Oct 1, 2014
Ask Pinkbike - Single Pivot vs Four Bar and Internal Routing vs Water
How does the placement of the shock mount influence a single pivot frame? My Rush has the shock mounted to the toptube, like the Heckler, whereas an Orange 5 has it mounted to the downtube.
Sep 30, 2014 at 18:22
Sep 30, 2014
Sep 17, 2014 at 18:36
Sep 17, 2014
valtra paulaston's article
Sep 14, 2014 at 11:27
Sep 14, 2014
Brits on Tour - Interbike 2014
I gave up on my Park Tool chain cleaner. It was really stiff and frankly a pain to crank through without getting it caught up in the cassette or derailleur. Combined with a bunch of people scaring me off by saying I am forcing it into the rollers and causing increased chain wear, and lower cost (takes a lot of degreaser to fill for one cleaning), a Park Tool or Pedro's chain brush works much better. I'm considering Sheldon Brown's pop bottle or frying pan methods but they aren't any easier.
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