RE: [CR]Damage at Bike Shops/Support your local bike shop

(Example: History:Norris Lockley)

From: "chris" <chriseye@comcast.net>
To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Subject: RE: [CR]Damage at Bike Shops/Support your local bike shop
Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2004 08:15:33 -0700
In-Reply-To: <954702dd040910073466bc7266@mail.gmail.com>


Good morning gents, Do you know how much bike mechanics get paid? Here in Marin County, car mechanics get paid at least 4 times as much per hour. Why would an intelligent skilled person work for the salary of a bicycle mechanic, when he could earn double or more doing something else? This is an industry wide problem. If you find a good bicycle mechanic, consider giving him or her a large tip after working on your bike. You get what you pay for. chris ioakimedes Fairfax California

<<I took to to a "good" local shop and they mutilated the crown race in the process of removing it. They didn't charge me, and I regret not making a bigger deal of it, but I won't ever take anything back there for service and I generally avoid the shop (wasn't a big customer anyway).

Just my 2ยข,

Doug Van Cleve Chandler, AZ >>

On Fri, 10 Sep 2004 10:21:02 EDT, loudeeter@aol.com <loudeeter@aol.com> wrote:
> The "one scratch" rule notwithstanding, I don't know where the line is drawn
> for bike shops. An extreme was related to me by a local rider here in
> Orlando. He had sent a Gios Professional for paint and had used the local bike shop
> to handle the transaction. The bike arrived back from the painter fine. He
> asked the shop to install the headset. They didn't "face" the headtube first
> (or so he says) and the result was a large 1/4 inch chip in the paint on the
> headtube-headset junction. His argument was that a professional shop should
> have known that they needed to remove the paint from the edges of the headtube by
> faciing prior to installing a headset. He insisted that they return the
> bike to the painter for a COMPLETE repaint. Apparently the shop complied. I've
> often wondered about how a shop can stay in business if all customers are like
> that. Lou Deeter, Orlando FL