Bike shops

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by Cuchilo, 4 Mar 2018.

  1. OP

    Cuchilo Prize winning member X2

    I wasnt having a bad day , i was having a great day and bumped into a club mate to make for an extended ride . Was more than happy and capable to sort out my own problems and did so , then cracked on with my ride .
    Putting the price of the tube up by £1 knowing how much i had . I think "dick" is very tame .
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  2. TissoT

    TissoT Über Member

    Then good to hear your ride wasn't to interrupted.... I thought that it was only us poor Northerners that ridden round with a fiver in our pockets :smile:
  3. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    I wish they were my local bike shop as a great bunch of lads for sur e
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  4. si_c

    si_c Veteran

    Very short sighted of them tbh. Making no sale vs £5, especially given that the whole transaction would have taken them less than a couple of minutes and they could then get back to whatever they were doing before.

    Bike shops bear as much responsibility for their success or failure as anyone else. Yes we often choose to buy stuff online as it's cheaper, but sometimes they make it too easy.
    Dirk likes this.
  5. Rooster1

    Rooster1 I was right about that saddle

    I would have loaned the cyclist a tube and asked them to come back later / another day and reimburse the shop. And with that incredible gesture the OP would have likely returned and bought a new carbon road bike, or one that does not crack in sub zero temperatures.
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  6. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    I occasionally set off with that or less. There's nowhere to get cash in this village. I usually stop off on the edge of town or in a neighbouring village that has a post office, but not always, especially if pressed for time or it's evening/weekend when post offices are shut. I carry a card but some shops still won't accept cards under £10 - I'd be surprised if somewhere like South Creake Cycle Centre did.

    It's not like the OP was stranded, but the shop apparently putting the price up was a dick move even if only a misunderstanding.
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  7. woodenspoons

    woodenspoons Über Member

    North Yorkshire
    I'm sure all this smuggity-smug-smuggery reassures the OP, but the point I think he was grasping for - which some won't, we hope, ever need to consider, having breakfasted at dawn to allow time to pack their Pandora's Saddlebag for every eventuality - was "Aren't some bike shop owners dicks?" And I think the consensus among cyclists is (one at a time now, trollikins, don't all crowd round yapping), "Yes OP, that's like life isn't it! Some people are just dicks. And don't give you stuff when you need it. Sorry to hear about your plight. Had I been passing you could have had my rolled-up tenner I have stuffed up the crack of my arse For Emergencies (in a ziplok of course - wouldn't want faeces anywhere would we, ha!ha!?) so as to rescue you from your unfortunate embarrassment and see you on your way, all plumply retubed and inflated."

    And breathe, everyone. And relax.
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  8. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    I have given away free and fitted maybe over a dozen tubes in the time I have lived in this spot, two people have written thank you notes, not one has ever come back and offered to pay.

    I will continue to give out free tubes and this post has reminded me to get some more long valve tubes in.
  9. stalagmike

    stalagmike I love the smell of wet lube in the morning...

    Milton Keynes
    You better change that rolled up tenner for a new one...
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  10. Salty seadog

    Salty seadog Space Cadet...(3rd Class...)

    Yeah but yours are sewn in......:tongue:
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  11. winjim

    winjim A youth of interminable age

    I would have given the OP an inner tube, let him use my Rennkompressor, lent him an extra fiver, given him use of my toilet and made him a cup of tea. Unfortunately he didn't have the temerity to have his puncture happen right outside my house so it's a moot point really.
  12. NorthernDave

    NorthernDave Never used Über Member

    It does sound like unnecessarily dick-ish behaviour on behalf of the shop to put the price up, but that's some people for you isn't it?

    And I find it hard to believe a bike shop couldn't have turned a decent profit on £10 for a tube fitted (or even £5 just for the tube).
    I can buy 4 tubes for a tenner retail, so I'm fairly sure that doubling your money on an item is a fair mark up, and they'll have almost certainly made more.
    And how long would it take a skilled bike mechanic to change a tube? 5 minutes? Maybe 10?
    They'd be capable of churning out 6 of them an hour so prospective earnings of £30 an hour at a fiver a pop (no pun intended) - nice work if you can get it.

    If I'd been about the OP could have had one of the two spare tubes I carry - I give on average one a year away to other cyclists and have never asked for payment in the belief that I'll probably need someones help one of these days.
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  13. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    £30 an hour is fine without overheads, rubbish if it costs a grand a week to open up.
  14. Tim Hall

    Tim Hall Guest

    I was once given a tenner from the till at Chas Roberts in Croydon. I didn't have a puncture though, so this story might not be relevant.
    NorthernDave likes this.
  15. Sunny Portrush

    Sunny Portrush Über Member

    I once found a tenner but I wasnt on my bike so my story is completely irrelevant
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