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bmxconvert danielsapp's article
Mar 22, 2019 at 20:072 days
Pinkbike Poll: What Size Are Your Tires?
No love for plus bikes, no love for fat bikes in the poll and yet companies continue to take away 27.5" options and stuff them with 2.8's and 29ers. I enjoy my Smash 29, but by far my 27.5 Roam, Decree and both custom hardtails are far more fun.
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Rode in Alpine Trails. view ridelog
Sep 23, 2018 at 19:35Sep 23, 2018
Rode in Phil's. view ridelog
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Rode in Lacamas Park. view ridelog
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bmxconvert RichardCunningham's article
Dec 8, 2017 at 7:36Dec 8, 2017
Intense Announces Lower Retail Prices and Hybrid Direct-to-Customer Sales
@freestyIAM I own a bike shop and that's exactly how we function. Custom wheels, suspension work, brake overhauls, high end hub rebuilds, and normal repairs is our focus. I can't afford to have a fleet of bikes on the floor only to have them be blown out by the suppliers and crush any margin I may have had. When sales reps come in looking to get their bikes represented in the store and I have to turn them away because it's a bad investment in my local market. People come to us because we stock what we know is durable, what works in our area and what has good company backings and we try to bring in as many USA made options as well. There are only 2 of us at the shop. Both UBI and DT Swiss certified. My mechanic makes $3.50 an hour more than I make because I know that the wages in a bike shop don't compare to working in a mill and I want my employees to strive to pick up every bit of feedback we get from our experiences riding trails, parts and from our customers. I looked at the way the industry has been moving over the last 15 years that I've been wrenching professionally and structured my shop to take up the slack from online direct sales and poor LBS experiences. It's really the only way I can be competitive on my prices and keep the doors open. What I think most of these companies aren't seeing is that when bike shops quit recommending or pushing brands of bikes because the brand, model and are irrelevant to the shop (pick what makes you happy and click order on your smart phone) combined with the perpetual need to one-up the next guy with a new "industry standard" that is actually more proprietary than standard; I imagine we will see a heavy stagnation of bikes in an oversaturated and under supported market. Try calling the big companies that do online direct sales and getting good customer support. They say take it to you LBS and have them contact us. That's terrible in the eyes of the customer especially when the LBS is a dying breed and not everyone has access to a shop.
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