Bikeshops that laugh at your bike



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Man With No Pig

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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 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
 

Malvern_star

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Originally posted by Man With No Pig
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 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.

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 Mar

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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.
---
DFM
 
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Deep Flayed Mar

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Suzy Jackson <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]...
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> "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.
---
DFM
 
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Man With No Pig

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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]ws.ihug.com.au...
>> 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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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)
 

cfsmtb

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Most employees of bike shops wouldn't know where to start with attempting to describe my beloved pedallys. Why has it got all those stickers? Why all the reflective tape? Why the 150mm cranks? Why are you riding a ancient pygmy road bike? Why the Cascade Four Seasons bottle cap on the A Set? Why the big fish?

Simple, it's my Bicycle Fleet & I'll decorate them anyway I want.

Remember the utes & vans in the 1980's with the stickers "it may look like sh*t to you, but it's my bread & butter"? Some folks spent thousand$ on sport kits for their cars, I prefer to stuff about with lighting systems, DIY augmentations & Hello Kitty stickers. Makes life more fun, not beige.

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......;)
 
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Andrew Swan

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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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Andrew Swan

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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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Deep Flayed Mar

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Andrew Swan <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> 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

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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
 
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