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correct terminology(8 posts)

correct terminologyfred!
Nov 19, 2001 10:02 AM
Is it bike SHOP or bike STORE?
re: correct terminologyChen2
Nov 19, 2001 10:05 AM
Nov 19, 2001 10:05 AM
I usually think if as a "shop".

I think "shop" means a place where things get fixed, while "store" is simply a place to buy things.

It could be either...TJeanloz
Nov 19, 2001 12:12 PM
A bicycle retailer with a real, full service maintenence department (that you might trust) is a shop.

A retailer lacking such a facility (ala Performance, Bicycle Village) is a store.
Surely "Emporium"? nm.muncher
Nov 19, 2001 10:09 AM
Nov 19, 2001 10:18 AM
according to yahoo yellow pages....nn23
Nov 19, 2001 12:05 PM
..its "bicycle dealer".

Searching for "bicycle dealer" gives me over 15 bike shops/stores/dealers in a 4 mile radius. Each being relevant.

In comparison "bicycle store" gave 3 relevant results.

"bicycle shop" over 30 results but only about 15 relevant

- nn23
re: correct terminologybreck
Nov 19, 2001 4:45 PM
More BS ...

A bicycle "store", if you could find one, would be a retail business where only bicycle parts were sold. A "shop" (combining form) would be a bicycle store that also sold service, i.e. bike repair. Most general stores such as Wal-Mart have a bicycle dept., no service. Sum stores such as Sport Chalet (sum locations) have a bike dept. w/limited service within the store that also does minor repair, etc.

Older small local stores that sold service typically went under the name shop such as Kirk's Bicycle Shop in Ramona, Cal., though Kirk now a days has an employee or two actually run the shop. Most big retailers take on the non-specific name such as SuperGo, original name Bike Ecology established in Fountain Valley, Ca.

The one-man bike shop where i put sum time in when needed was Julian Bicycle Company in the mountain community of Julian Ca., simply taking the name of the tourist town for effect. RW, the owner, came from Minnesota where he had the R&B (Rocky & Bullwinkle) Bicycle Co. He now works outta his residence but continues to put on the yearly Julian Fat Tire Festival, Borrego Road Ride, & Cuyamaca Road Challenge. He has dropped the Julian 7500 MTB ride ( ~80 miles; 10,000 ft. gain; low el. ~1600 ft, hi elev. ~6,000 ft.) due to lack of interest :)