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Do you hang out at your LBS?

Old 09-14-19, 11:58 AM
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I definitely spent some time hanging out at the LBS in my last town.

The owners and many of the employees were people I rode with frequently, and the head service writer had a ton of industry experience and knowledge of all things bike that he loved sharing with others. Of course, if it was particularly busy and it was clear that people had actual work they needed to do, I'd get in and out quickly.

In some ways, hanging out was encouraged at that LBS. There were couches and a television screen that played various cycling events. No espresso bar...yet.
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Old 09-16-19, 11:19 AM
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Originally Posted by downhillmaster View Post
Mostly incorrect and maybe you havenít noticed but people frequently hang at local repair shops to talk cars.
And if Walmart specialized in one thing people would hang there to talk about it.
I guess you never hung out at a bar either?
Because that is also someoneís workplace.
Mostly correct, but a bar isn't a good comparison. People aren't hanging out in the kitchen or other work areas, they're hanging out at the bar which is what it was designed for. If they weren't hanging out there there wouldn't be a business.
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Old 09-16-19, 01:47 PM
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Not really. I don't know enough to do anything but ask stupid noobie questions.
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Old 09-16-19, 01:52 PM
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I do not hangout at my LBS. It is a business and they are not my friends.

It's tough enough for small businesses to be successful without some yahoo wasting their time.

Now, if I am there for a major purchase or service, I'll chat it up a bit.
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Old 09-16-19, 01:53 PM
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One LBS is 3 miles away and the other 10 miles away. I know the owners and staff. When I go in, I end up talking for 15-30 minutes. I'm afraid if I stay too much longer they might put me to work.
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Old 09-16-19, 03:34 PM
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Too Crowded

No, I can't hang out there, as there's really nowhere to stand without being in someone's way. Great to hear some LBSs have a cafe inside! So cool!
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Old 09-16-19, 03:57 PM
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I'm surprised how many people here seem to have a preferred LBS that has a coffee shop as part of it.

Around here, the high end bike shops are classic - old building, messy, stuff packed in there to the gills, where you really have to LOOK around to find some gem. It's fun this way. No coffee shops or places to lounge around.

The couple shops that have coffee shops cater to, well, how shall I put it, the hipster crowd, where the coffee is probably more important than the bikes.
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Old 09-16-19, 04:22 PM
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Originally Posted by downhillmaster View Post
Mostly incorrect and maybe you havenít noticed but people frequently hang at local repair shops to talk cars.
And if Walmart specialized in one thing people would hang there to talk about it.
I guess you never hung out at a bar either?
Because that is also someoneís workplace.
Um, a bar is a workplace that depends on people "hanging out" to stay in business. People "hang out" at hotels and restaurants, too. The point is hanging out at businesses not specifically intended for that.
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Old 09-18-19, 07:58 AM
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Originally Posted by FiftySix View Post
Now maybe people do hang out at a custom/hot rod/aficionado car shop, but not a commonplace car shop while getting the muffler bearings calibrated and the blinker fluid changed.
I cant think of a better place to have a cool one (or 5 cool ones) than hanging out at my shop -- which closely matches your description of a custom hot rod shop for bikes











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Old 09-18-19, 01:37 PM
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Originally Posted by DMC707 View Post
I cant think of a better place to have a cool one (or 5 cool ones) than hanging out at my shop -- which closely matches your description of a custom hot rod shop for bikes

Best post of the thread.
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Old 09-18-19, 03:02 PM
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Agreed! Best post by far.
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I used to always hang around the LBS I grew up around the corner from, and where my parents bought me my first 700c road bike. The owner was from a well-known Irish cycling family and had a million stories that he loved to tell. His employees were young racers who had a million more. They didnít mind (or gave the impression that they didnít mind) having a kid like me just stop by on my way home from school and chat about bikes. One of the mechanics sold me his race bike when his sponsor gave him an upgrade. The day they closed down was a sad day.

To this day I still stop in and say hello in all the LBSís around here whenever I pass by. They have group rides, demo rides, new tech coming in, new models on the floor, and the guys there like to shoot the breeze and talk about bikes and bike rides and future riders like my kids.

Also, as someone who has tried always to do my own repairs and maintenance wherever possible, theyíre an invaluable source of advice on how to fix some problems that sometimes google just canít answer.
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Old 09-20-19, 07:07 PM
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I've brought the owner boxes of donuts, fresh vegetables, and bottled water from time to time. It's just what I do. If he's busy, I get what I need and leave. If not, he tells me so and maybe we chat a while.
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Old 09-21-19, 10:19 AM
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In some cases you wonder if indeed some LBS shops depend more on you hanging out than actually buying bike products or service.

https://metierseattle.com/

https://www.trailhousesantarosa.com
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