Bikeshops that laugh at your bike



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Man with no pigs.

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It's old, worn and unfashionable, but it is mine.
When I take it to a bike shop for service or parts, those shops whose employees
snigger at it are put on my boycott list.
Does anyone else have these feelings to bike shops?
 
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hippy

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"Man with no pigs." <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> It's old, worn and unfashionable, but it is mine.
> When I take it to a bike shop for service or parts, those shops whose

employees
> snigger at it are put on my boycott list.
> Does anyone else have these feelings to bike shops?


I have total sh*tters and if anyone laughs at them, more
often than not it's me!
Maybe you should not take it so personally and be
happy with the knowledge that your old, unfashionable
bike is still going strong and you are still happy with it.
You get the last laugh anyway when those evil "upgraders"
have to rush out and buy 10 speed Dura-Ace or
something... bye bye cash!! ;-)

hippy
 
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Malvern_star

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Man With No Pig wrote:
> It's old, worn and unfashionable, but it is mine. When I take it to a
> bike shop for service or parts, those shops whose employees snigger at
> it are put on my boycott list. Does anyone else have these feelings to
> bike shops?




They may laugh at my bike , but hey!

It gets ridden:cool:



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John Doe

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: > Does anyone else have these feelings to bike shops?
:
: I have total sh*tters and if anyone laughs at them, more
: often than not it's me!


Yeah. Same here. I laugh at my **** but it still works. Replaced a few
bits on it over the years and do most of my own maintenance using the
Bartlett But there is a difference between a good natured snigger and being
insulted.

I just wont buy anything from ugly people.

Peter
 
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Suzy Jackson

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"Man with no pigs." wrote in message
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> It's old, worn and unfashionable, but it is mine.
> When I take it to a bike shop for service or parts, those shops whose

employees
> snigger at it are put on my boycott list.
> Does anyone else have these feelings to bike shops?


I am sorry that you have no pigs. That is surely cause for great concern.

As far as bikeshops go, my pet peeve is when people at a bike shop (or car
dealer, or mechanics generally for that matter) treat you as an idiot simply
because you're female. I race road bikes, and am fairly knowledgeable about
my bikes. I do my own maintenance because I don't trust anyone else to do
it. I find it extremely frustrating when I go into a bike shop to buy bits
for my bikes, having carefully researched (usually via the net) what I need,
only to be treated like an idiot because I want a such and such, and to have
to explain to some pimply teenager why I want it.

Like most people, I've found a couple of local shops (or more accurately a
couple of individual people in local shops) that know me and my bikes, and
actually offer useful advice when I ask for it, rather than patronising
****. As a result of this, these shops get pretty much all my money, which
is not negligible, as I have a fairly serious biking addiction.

Regards,

Suzy
 
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Deep Flayed Mares

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Man with no pigs. <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> It's old, worn and unfashionable, but it is mine.
> When I take it to a bike shop for service or parts, those shops whose

employees
> snigger at it are put on my boycott list.
> Does anyone else have these feelings to bike shops?


As someone that works with a lot of crusty old bikes, I do sometimes chuckle
at peoples old favourites. Part of it is that I admire when someone has
ridden their beast into the ground over many years. Means that it is being
used at least.

When it all comes down to it though, you can buy a pretty decent second hand
bike for only a couple hundred bucks, so the cost of maintaining an old
beast becomes prohibitive, especially when you start replacing clusters and
chains etc. And there is no substitute for something with gears and brakes
that work properly.

I have nothing but scorn for these ******** yuppies that buy a new $1000+
bike and leave it out to die in the rain while they drive everywhere.
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DFM
 
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Deep Flayed Mares

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Suzy Jackson <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]
>
> "Man with no pigs." wrote in message
> news:[email protected]
>
> > It's old, worn and unfashionable, but it is mine.
> > When I take it to a bike shop for service or parts, those shops whose

> employees
> > snigger at it are put on my boycott list.
> > Does anyone else have these feelings to bike shops?

>
> I am sorry that you have no pigs. That is surely cause for great concern.
>
> As far as bikeshops go, my pet peeve is when people at a bike shop (or car
> dealer, or mechanics generally for that matter) treat you as an idiot

simply
> because you're female. I race road bikes, and am fairly knowledgeable

about
> my bikes. I do my own maintenance because I don't trust anyone else to do
> it. I find it extremely frustrating when I go into a bike shop to buy

bits
> for my bikes, having carefully researched (usually via the net) what I

need,
> only to be treated like an idiot because I want a such and such, and to

have
> to explain to some pimply teenager why I want it.


That's the same with anything though. Whenever you walk into a shop, you
should give some clues that you know what you're talking about, otherwise
they will assume you don't. Seeings as the field of bike maintenance is
vastly male dominated (like anything in the engineering vein), it is a fair
assumption that women are by default not mechanically minded. You are
obviously an exception to the rule, but this is the reason why you get some
condescending attitude.
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DFM
 
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hippy

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"Deep Flayed Mares" <[email protected]> wrote in
message news:7nX_a.951
> That's the same with anything though. Whenever you walk into a shop,

you
> should give some clues that you know what you're talking about,

otherwise
> they will assume you don't. Seeings as the field of bike maintenance

is
> vastly male dominated (like anything in the engineering vein), it is a

fair
> assumption that women are by default not mechanically minded. You are
> obviously an exception to the rule, but this is the reason why you get

some
> condescending attitude.


I actually find it useful to go into shops and NOT make it look
like I know anything (not that I'm claiming to know much!).
This way, you can get a feeling for whether or not they are
serving you or themselves. If they give you some big speil
which you know is total bollocks, then you can avoid the
shop. This applies to all shops, not just bikes shops.

hippy
(male, last time i checked)
 
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Man with no pigs.

Guest
Yes, I'm being over-sensitive. At least parts get replaced when they're worn out
and not rusted out or supeceded.
Some places get touchy when my bike soils the floor of their uber-yuppie cycle
emporium and I only spend $7 on brake rubbers.
I can name many great shops in Melbourne though.



On Thu, 14 Aug 2003 06:30:35 GMT, "hippy" <[email protected]>
wrote:

>"Man with no pigs." <[email protected]> wrote in message
>news:[email protected]
>> It's old, worn and unfashionable, but it is mine.
>> When I take it to a bike shop for service or parts, those shops whose

>employees
>> snigger at it are put on my boycott list.
>> Does anyone else have these feelings to bike shops?

>
>I have total sh*tters and if anyone laughs at them, more
>often than not it's me!
>Maybe you should not take it so personally and be
>happy with the knowledge that your old, unfashionable
>bike is still going strong and you are still happy with it.
>You get the last laugh anyway when those evil "upgraders"
>have to rush out and buy 10 speed Dura-Ace or
>something... bye bye cash!! ;-)
>
>hippy
>
>
 
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Andrew Swan

Guest
Suzy Jackson wrote:
>
> As far as bikeshops go, my pet peeve is when people at a bike shop (or car
> dealer, or mechanics generally for that matter) treat you as an idiot simply
> because you're female. I race road bikes, and am fairly knowledgeable about
> my bikes. I do my own maintenance because I don't trust anyone else to do
> it. I find it extremely frustrating when I go into a bike shop to buy bits
> for my bikes, having carefully researched (usually via the net) what I need,
> only to be treated like an idiot because I want a such and such, and to have
> to explain to some pimply teenager why I want it.
>
> Like most people, I've found a couple of local shops (or more accurately a
> couple of individual people in local shops) that know me and my bikes, and
> actually offer useful advice when I ask for it, rather than patronising
> ****. As a result of this, these shops get pretty much all my money, which
> is not negligible, as I have a fairly serious biking addiction.
>
> Regards,
>
> Suzy
>
>

That's a good post for a little girl - did your Daddy help you with the
big words? :)

&roo

"Patronising - that's when you talk down to someone."
 
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Andrew Swan

Guest
Deep Flayed Mares wrote:
> I have nothing but scorn for these ******** yuppies that buy a new $1000+
> bike and leave it out to die in the rain while they drive everywhere.
> ---
> DFM
>
>

Why do you care? Did you mean scorn or envy? :)

&roo
 
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Deep Flayed Mares

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Andrew Swan <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:W03%[email protected]
> Deep Flayed Mares wrote:
> > I have nothing but scorn for these ******** yuppies that buy a new

$1000+
> > bike and leave it out to die in the rain while they drive everywhere.
> > ---
> > DFM
> >
> >

> Why do you care?
>


Ummm... that would kinda be giving away a bit much about myself. I'm in
cognito in usenetland if I can help it! :eek:)

> Did you mean scorn or envy? :)


I did mean scorn. I guess it means I like bikes more than ********
yuppies...
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DFM
 
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John Doe

Guest
: True, there's many excellent bike shops in Melbourne, and their
: kindness, understanding & knowledge will be duly rewarded some day in
: the future, when, one sunny day, I walk in and ask to purchase a Dura
: Ace groupset or two, or three......;)
:

Too true. That goes the same for where I live. I am going to buy a nice
bike soon to replace my aging beloved. It has done about 50000ks (I know
people get a lot more out of them). I have all original parts etc except a
rear deraiulleur due to a little accident. I have always kept it
maintained but I am keen for something faster and lighter. Its due for a
chain and cluster anyway. Now I would like to spend up to $3000 so who am I
going to choose to take my business to. I think they should be a little
more over sensitive if they want to make money. People will congregate to
the most helpful stores.

Pete