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I did a good thing and supported my LBS today(20 posts)

I did a good thing and supported my LBS todayPaulCL
Jul 8, 2002 10:24 AM
I went to my LBS to just buy a 32mm headset wrench. As he got the wrench out of the case, I wandered over to the helmet section. I tried on a Limar 107...I've always liked that helmet! Big LBS owner yelled over that he'd give me $40 off the list price. Evil guy. How did he know that I hate my current helmet?? I was just trying it on for size - I swear (my excuse to my wife). I succumbed. $80 for a F107 is a good deal, even if I bought it off the 'net.

Here are my lines to my wife (if she notices):
1. It was a great deal
2. My old helmet is ugly (a $15 replacement post crash)
3. My old helmet is 4 years old - I value my brain.
4. The new helmet matches my bikes' color scheme (going for that "outfit" look - will appeal to my wife)
5. ...and that indignant stance: "hey, you spent that much on a pair of shoes last week!!"

Seriously, I think its a good thing to support the LBS as much as possible. He's fixed my bike for free on at least one occasion. Paul
Carefull on the shoe thingPhatMatt
Jul 8, 2002 10:42 AM
She may bring up teh cost of your bike and want many many more shoes, weather she needs them or not. The one that kind of worked for me for a while was, " Hone it could save my life some day." That worked for most of my climbing gear.

funny, the price of shoes...JS Haiku Shop
Jul 8, 2002 10:51 AM
on a related note, i don't spend more than $60 for work or casual shoes (and get my running shoes from a friend at nike). never thought i'd spend >$150 on cycling shoes. i feel so guilty! but, then again, what's the price o'a good pair or ski boots?
Women's shoesPaulCL
Jul 8, 2002 11:00 AM
My wife is a junior Imelda Marcos. There seems to be about a 100 pair in our closet. She rarely spends more than $25 per pair - Payless, Shoe Jamboree, etc. She has a pair to match every outfit.

I have three or four pair of dress shoes - I wear a suit and tie everyday. I'll spend a $100+ for them, but get them resoled when they wear out. My dress shoes (basic black, brown, cordovan) will last for 7 or 8 years. In fairness, I have as many sport shoes as she has dress shoes. You know how it works: cycling shoes, running shoes, racquetball shoes, cross trainers, sandals, etc..

Actually, I would never dare confront her about buying shoes. I've been to the doghouse and I never want to go back there again.
yeah, i'm not going there...JS Haiku Shop
Jul 8, 2002 11:15 AM
my side o'tha closet is pretty shoe-cluttered, too.

wrt cycling shoes, i think it's a learning process, and i finally learn't to spend more than $25.
yeah, i'm not going there...PhatMatt
Jul 8, 2002 11:32 AM
I hae learned my lesson. the wife wen tthrough her closet the other day and decided she needs 3 more pair to mak an even 50. In her defense she usually keeps it pretty cheap "under 25 and some even like 5.00 from old navy". But damn why do ya need 50 pair?
We should ask the ladiesPaulCL
Jul 8, 2002 11:51 AM
My wife must have a half dozen 'red' shoes. To her, they're not red - they are red, candy, mauve, fusia, whatever, I don't know....some other female colors. Yeah, yeah...I'm a clueless guy. Red is red, isn't it???
That is what I thought nmPhatMatt
Jul 8, 2002 12:21 PM
I don't think you have the right demographic herelonefrontranger
Jul 8, 2002 2:26 PM
At least not me. I personally don't get why one needs seventy pairs of shoes that you basically wear once and they all look like ick on my feet / legs anyhow. I will wear one pair of cheap black flats until the soles wear thru, then go back to Target or KMart for another.

I have the following in my closet:

* The aforementioned black flats (Target, $11)
* my "Boulder boots" (4" platform el cheapo "Barbarella-type" boots for wading thru snowdrifts to the bus, $20)
* 1 pair of good trail running shoes, $85, these are a priority for cross-training.
* 1 pair of hiking boots that my SO bought me and I've worn exactly twice, cost unknown.
* 1 pair faux Birkenstocks bought at a Boulder flea mkt for $5, worn everywhere with socks, for the true Boulder fashion statement

Oh yeah, 3 pair of $150 Sidi cycling shoes.

My mom gave up hope long ago, even when I told her that I buy expensive Italian shoes just like any red-blooded American girl would...
no Tevas? Couldn't live without those in the summer (nm)ColnagoFE
Jul 8, 2002 2:29 PM
that's what the faux Birks are forlonefrontranger
Jul 8, 2002 2:48 PM
WRT Tevas, I've found "sport sandals" make my feet sweat profusely. The faux Birks are my comfy casual urban assault shoes for things like hanging out around Pearl St. If I do any serious walking or hiking, I wear my trail runners for grip and protection. The heavy hiking boots come out as a last resort in winter.

Open toe shoes are contraindicated on local terrain, because what we got a lot of is rocks; everything from sharp pea gravel that cuts your feet apart if it gets trapped under your sandal strap, to softball-sized cobbles to stump one's toes, to mountain-sized boulders to scramble around on. You ever tried bouldering sharp granite or hiking cactus- and yucca-infested scree slope in Tevas? I really don't recommend sandals in rattlesnake country either.

Oh yeah, and you can forget about riding the MTB in spd or any other type sandals. I once ripped the entire toenail off my big toe by getting a sandal strap tangled in the pedal and then wrecking into a curb.
Sandals are acceptable riding gear.ngrafs
Jul 8, 2002 8:36 PM
Sandals can be worn for riding. I've worn my tevas on a number of ocasions when I forgot to throw my cycling shoes in the gear bag. You can't cancel a ride just because of a lousy toe nail. You have nine others you know.
My wife says I am as bad as herPhatMatt
Jul 9, 2002 6:01 AM
I only have

1 pr Leather Climbing boots
1 pr Plastic Climbing boots
1 pr Light hiking boots
1 pr Approach Shoes
1 pr good crosstraining shoes
2 pr Dr Martins (1 All black and 1 black and white Wingtips)
1 pr Cowboy boots (given to me from my dad years ago never worn)
1 pr beatup sketchers (working in the yard only)
1 pr Teva's
1 pr Leather sandals
1 pr Merrel slipons
1 pr Shimano road shoes
1 pr North Lake MTB shoes
1 pr CCM hockey skates (she amkes me count them)

Damn it is contagious. Yikes Help please.
think i have you beatColnagoFE
Jul 9, 2002 6:15 AM
about 10 pairs of dress shoes...various styles
1 pr hiking boots
1 pr hiking shoes
1 pr tennis shoes
1 pr trail running shoes
2 pairs tevas
1 pr wool clogs
1 pr leather clogs
4 pairs leather slippers...all the same style...some in disrepair
1 pair XC ski boots
1 pair downhill ski boots
2 pairs road bike shoes
2 pairs MTB shoes
1 pair rollerblades (if you insist)
Jul 9, 2002 7:07 AM
I hope my wife doesnt see this post. I will be in trouble. The excuse of only girls have that many pair of shoes will be out the door.
I only have one pairAllisonHayes
Jul 8, 2002 3:24 PM
Visa and Mastercard :)
We should ask the ladiescp123
Jul 8, 2002 7:01 PM
I'm with LFR on this one. No "girly" shoes for me. 2 pairs of cycling shoes, 2 pairs of long leather horse riding boots (for posh and posher occasions), a few miscellaneous old daggy boots for associated horsey/gardening duties - often with more hole than sole. 1 pair of good runners. 2 pairs of black shoes for work. Plus some sandals for summer.

I think i'd break an ankle if i took more than 3 steps in something above 1/2 an inch high.
Just the opposite with meColnagoFE
Jul 8, 2002 12:04 PM
I think I have more shoes than my wife. SHe is a personal trainer so she has a number of pairs of training/running shoes, but not many dress shoes. She also hates to spend money on shoes even though I tell her how spending a bit extra can insure the shoes will last longer.
more on how to scam the boss...AllisonHayes
Jul 8, 2002 12:01 PM
6. helmet fatigue - these things are made of cheap styrofoam and need to be replaced on a regular basis
7. lost helmet - left old helmet on top of car
8. potentially damaged helmet - variation on "left on top of car" trick but this time you recovered it, however it needs to be replaced due to potential damage that could occur: helmet makers recommend replacing your helmet if it has suffered any damage.
funny how people see buying from an LBS as a moral issueelviento
Jul 8, 2002 1:41 PM
For me it's a pure commercial issue. LBS offers certain services (tune-up, short turnaround time, try fit, see item before you buy,...) not offered by mailorder stores, but also typically at a higher cost. It's a pure valuation judgment, i.e., whether the additional service is worth the extra money to you, isn't it?