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steviestokes danielsapp's article
Jul 3, 2020 at 13:59
Jul 3, 2020
Pinkbike Poll: What is Your MTB Capital of the World?
Ironically written by someone from London
steviestokes edspratt's article
Jul 3, 2020 at 5:22
Jul 3, 2020
Shimano Brings Back the SPD Sandal for Its 25th Anniversary
@vemegen: I think give the damn thing back would be a more suitable punishment
steviestokes mikekazimer's article
Jun 29, 2020 at 13:58
Jun 29, 2020
MTB on a Budget: Where to Spend & Where to Save on Bike Parts
F**k me, how much are grips in the USA?!?!?! Pair of £16 Hard Deathgrips will last a good 12 months
steviestokes danielsapp's article
Jun 21, 2020 at 2:39
Jun 21, 2020
Pinkbike Poll: Where Do You Shop for Bike Parts?
@alpha-bio: this and Luke's comment is so accurate. I loved, LOVED my 7 years in the shop full time (2 years before that as Saturday boy) and that's why I still tinker with people's bikes when I can now. I've built up a range of specialist tools and can now do more and more. But the sheer way that a job can run away with time is so understated. You really MUST invest your time in telling the customer the truth and trying to show them that you arnt pulling the wool over their eyes, just so that this now new, or old customer knows they arnt being taken for a ride. I used to love being a jack of all trades in the shop, but it can get so personal when you sell a bike (a full sus MTB for instance, or a 2-3K road bike) and remind them to keep it clean and lubricated and pop in for checks.. And then you don't see that persons bike (they may well pop in for bits and a socialise, depending on the individual) for a good year of hard riding. Then you see that they haven't changed the pads, so pistons are damaged, they've crashed (inevitably) and given the mech a twang, bending hanger or mech or both, or not checked or brought in to check the linkage and bits are loose or worn, and on the roadbike, the only thing they've done is keep tyres pumped (if you are lucky) and oil the chain for 3,000miles and the groupset is so black with tar-like oil and grease that the rings, chain, cassette and jockey wheels all need replacing.. That, hurts personal, because SOME, and only some, customers will not believe you when you tell them that all that's happened in a year and its going to cost X amount to clean it, service it, replace this, straighten this, test that... And because YOU sold the bike, they sometimes aim the guilt at you like the bike should be able to withstand this 'use'. It's horrible to see the lack of respect for the boys on the spanners. I used to work so, so hard to have great customer service and to be able to back it up with honest knowledge and fair advice and be able to fix anything.. But the money for these skills just isn't reflected in the monthly pay.. Unless you do have a tidy boss who values your time (I managed to negotiate a fair pay towards the end of my time at the shop) but by then, it was time to move on and try to earn better. Big respect to the shop owners and mechanics who slave at it.. But there are some feckless idiots who work at/own shops too though.
steviestokes danielsapp's article
Jun 20, 2020 at 0:20
Jun 20, 2020
Pinkbike Poll: Where Do You Shop for Bike Parts?
@scott-townes: thank god some people have some respect for these timescales. I loved my time in the industry, and although I'm guilty of occasionally getting bits online, now, more than ever I'm driven to purchase locally if I can afford it, simply because a bit of forward thinking an preperation for a job, and the more you visit. You get the bits you want at a decent price. I'd rather my lbs MATCH an online price and make a few quid. Than give the online retailer my cash. You either love or hate the local, or imho are too impatient/stubborn to shop there. Support them where you CAN, and keep someone in a job and feeding their family and gaining a few friends along the way.
steviestokes mikekazimer's article
Jun 19, 2020 at 2:17
Jun 19, 2020
Rocky Mountain Announces Recall of Alloy 2018 - 2020 Instinct, Instinct BC, & Pipeline
@Larkey1: Me also, downvoted for speaking from experience, nice.
steviestokes mikekazimer's article
Jun 18, 2020 at 15:58
Jun 18, 2020
Rocky Mountain Announces Recall of Alloy 2018 - 2020 Instinct, Instinct BC, & Pipeline
@marshall1234: true. However the person buying the frame 2nd or third hand, the purchase money isnt going to the manufacture. So you'd be getting a free frame with zero investment in the brand, difficult sell for the brand imho. Nice if they honour it, but wouldn't be surprised if they didn't. Has the bike industry ever honoured anyone bar the original owner in the past 10 or more years?
steviestokes mikekazimer's article
Jun 18, 2020 at 15:41
Jun 18, 2020
Selling
Jun 13, 2020 at 2:27
Jun 13, 2020

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steviestokes pinkbikeoriginals's article
Jun 12, 2020 at 9:15
Jun 12, 2020
Video: Friday Fails #122
Some say the Go-Pro is still rolling away to this day....
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