My LBS closed today

PeteXXX

Cake or ice cream? The choice is endless ...
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My LBS closed today.
The Bike Shed, Northampton, has gone :sad:
They tried to sell it, to no avail. One potential buyer, but, apparently, a derisory offer.

Liz and Roger are retiring to ride bikes and play golf.

Good luck to them and I wish them well, but it’s a great shame.
Lovely people.
Roger did the talking, Liz did the fixing ^_^
 

Drago

Flouncing Nobber
Location
Valhalla
Where in the town was that one Pete?
 

gbb

Legendary Member
Location
Peterborough
I can' say the same applies in their case but i do wonder if traditional LBS are coming under pressure from what I call boutique bike shops, modern, clean, antiseptic, everything perfectly laid out, no character shops that are invariably expensive with staff all immaculately kitted out...homogenous..and yet seem very busy when you look in the carparks at weekends. They're the exact opposite of what I'm looking for.
 

screenman

Legendary Member
I can' say the same applies in their case but i do wonder if traditional LBS are coming under pressure from what I call boutique bike shops, modern, clean, antiseptic, everything perfectly laid out, no character shops that are invariably expensive with staff all immaculately kitted out...homogenous..and yet seem very busy when you look in the carparks at weekends. They're the exact opposite of what I'm looking for.
Start your own.
 
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PeteXXX

PeteXXX

Cake or ice cream? The choice is endless ...
Location
Hamtun
The Bike Shed was ‘old school’!
Definitely not Boutique :laugh:

I think my CX was their final last ever repair... Fitted me a new Freehub, for nothing. Gratis.
 

ColinJ

Puzzle game developer
I can' say the same applies in their case but i do wonder if traditional LBS are coming under pressure from what I call boutique bike shops, modern, clean, antiseptic, everything perfectly laid out, no character shops that are invariably expensive with staff all immaculately kitted out...homogenous..and yet seem very busy when you look in the carparks at weekends. They're the exact opposite of what I'm looking for.
I have seen several of those open and then close again in only a couple of years so I am not sure that they are doing much better.

The big sales competition is coming from Chain Reaction Cycles/Wiggle/Evans/Decathlon ... It is hard for shops to compete with them, and can they survive on servicing alone?

I can see the future being online for sales, and Bicycle Repair (Wo)Man turning up at your house in a van to fix your bike.
 

screenman

Legendary Member
I have seen several of those open and then close again in only a couple of years so I am not sure that they are doing much better.

The big sales competition is coming from Chain Reaction Cycles/Wiggle/Evans/Decathlon ... It is hard for shops to compete with them, and can they survive on servicing alone?

I can see the future being online for sales, and Bicycle Repair (Wo)Man turning up at your house in a van to fix your bike.
Have you been to the Giant store near Lincoln. I would say running side by side with another business helps with overheads.
 

Tin Pot

Guru
I have seen several of those open and then close again in only a couple of years so I am not sure that they are doing much better.

The big sales competition is coming from Chain Reaction Cycles/Wiggle/Evans/Decathlon ... It is hard for shops to compete with them, and can they survive on servicing alone?

I can see the future being online for sales, and Bicycle Repair (Wo)Man turning up at your house in a van to fix your bike.
Selling objects in shops has been dead for years, sell your service and skills or don’t sell anything at all.
 
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PeteXXX

PeteXXX

Cake or ice cream? The choice is endless ...
Location
Hamtun
Probably not a lot of laying customers up on the Heath. A fairly deprived area.
Indeed, but better than it was.
However, when I visited, there were always other customers around. They are the kind of people that went out of their way to help.
 

ColinJ

Puzzle game developer
Selling objects in shops has been dead for years, sell your service and skills or don’t sell anything at all.
I do nearly all of my shopping online, so from my point of view (and a lot of other people's too) that is true but I also know quite a few people who do NOT use the Internet and who ONLY buy from shops. (I don't understand it, but there you go.)

Have you been to the Giant store near Lincoln. I would say running side by side with another business helps with overheads.
No - I have never been over to your neck of the woods. The nearest I've got was Scunthorpe, on the Humber Bridge rides.

Sharing overheads makes sense.
 

screenman

Legendary Member
I do nearly all of my shopping online, so from my point of view (and a lot of other people's too) that is true but I also know quite a few people who do NOT use the Internet and who ONLY buy from shops. (I don't understand it, but there you go.)


No - I have never been over to your neck of the woods. The nearest I've got was Scunthorpe, on the Humber Bridge rides.

Sharing overheads makes sense.
They have a large coffee shop/cafe thing that brings in the punters.
 
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