It was suggested that maybe a thread for questions about not only bikes, parts, and service, but also what it's like to own, run, or work in a shop would be a good addition to the board. So, here it is. Ask away!
I'm sure there are shops that compare margin, marketshare, regional demographics, and predicted top-selling models. Me, I just look for the following:How do you decide what bikes to carry? I know getting a decent margin but still having great service and parts from the distributor is important. But thinking there a number of great distributors, what is the decision based on--audience size or the kind of riding you are passionate about?
Usually, yes. Some brands discount last year's stuff more than others. If it's a bike I've had on the floor since the beginning of the season it's going to cost a little more than a bike that I order in after the season. Obviously, I paid more for the bike that has sat on the floor for months, so I can't go as low on it.Do I realy save when buying a leftover bike evean if you have to order it.
In my experience, the majority of mechanics I've worked with who went to school were completely clueless if it wasn't a straight diagnose and replace. Most lacked any kind of fabrication skills, understanding of older bikes and parts, or actual mechanical ability. If it wasn't newer, they had no interest.Why run?
Luckily, it hasn't come to that in the bike world.I don't know how it works in the LBS business, but in mine, if someone is a great hardware tech, but doesn't have an A+ cert, they can't get their resume to the interview round, even though the cert itself is pretty useless.
I have done the same. 11 years of Aerospace Ground Equipment (Gas turbines-72kw generators with bleed air for start, Hyd test stands, compressors, heat, AC for Aircraft such as AWACS- although I spent my carrer at fighter wings with either F-4's and mostly F-15's, and weapons loaders) followed by a stint with Cat-NC Machinery in Anchorage as well as the now defunct Waukesha Alaska corp doing prime and standby power. Followed by a few years of heavy equipment for construction companies here in Va. to my current position as a lineman that I have done for 14 years and absolutely love.If you're counting, I was an auto mechanic for 11 years, an I.T. geek for 7 years (including a 2 year stint doing web design for the state website), and a bike mechanic/shop owner for 14 years - some of those years concurrent with other jobs. Amusingly enough, my majors in college were English and History. I've met a LOT of bike shop owners with an English degree...