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Ever TIP your LBS mechanic???(12 posts)

Ever TIP your LBS mechanic???biknben
Oct 13, 2002 7:13 AM
I go to one LBS exclusively. I've gotten to know the guys real well. One of the former mechanics/mngr is now a close friend and I go on rides with the current manager often.

Last year when I built up a new road bike I got some sweet deals and the fitting and build was free of charge. I gave the manager/wrench an $80 tip and he was surprised. I told him it was for the fitting and build. In reality, he gave me the frame and most of the parts at cost and made very little money. $80 was all I had on me at the time but he deserved more. Since then, I ocassionally show up with bagels or something like that.

In the last month, I noticed a customer give him a little "extra" before leaving the store. The other day the wrench mentioned that a guy had just given him a $30 tip.

How common is tipping your mechanic? Under what circumstance might you do it? Opinions?
re: ... ummm, that'd be me...Akirasho
Oct 13, 2002 7:47 AM
... that's a toughie...

One of the reasons I do 95% of my own work is because in the not too distant past, I couldn't afford even modest repair fees... so I learned to do it myself.

Indeed, I suspect that quite a few cyclists out there, might have difficulty affording the repair let alone a tip... and this might put that customer at an uncomfortable disadvantage... dunno.

What do the professional wrenches out there think?

We abide.

Remain In Light.

Be the bike.
I'm lucky , I have a good LBS........gogene
Oct 13, 2002 8:02 AM
.......and I usually do 95% of my own work. But once and a while I need help or advice. Even though I buy a goodly portion of my needs online, my LBS treats me well for all other things I need. The wrenches particularly have been good to me, so when I get a chance I'll buy a case of Fat Tire Amber (appropriate, no?) and a case of Pepsi (for the underage) and take it in back to the guys. There is no particular occasion or reason when I do this. It's just to let them know that I appreciate what they do for me.
re: Ever TIP your LBS mechanic???desmo
Oct 13, 2002 10:02 AM
as a former mechanic (custom auto, not bicycle) I always appreciated the guys that brought good food. especially weird stuff you know they made an effort to get. money always made me a bit uncomfortable, as I was getting paid to the job already. I think the main thing in cozying up to a wrench is to know when it's cool to hang out and BS, and when to get the hell out.
re: Ever TIP your LBS mechanic???TREKY
Oct 13, 2002 11:43 AM
I've gone to the same LBS for seven years now.These guys are the best around.I can't say enough on how important it is to have a trust between you and the guys in your LBS.

I'm not the handiest guy around although I can handle the minor repairs and adjustments.If I ever have a problem that I can't handle I go to them and they take care of it usually for nothing.This is why I don't mind paying a little bit extra for somethings that you may get cheaper online.

To me when you support your LBS you are supporting someone who has dedicated there life to cycling.It's their business and life.

I think tipping or just showing appreciation to these guys is something they deserve.
Oct 13, 2002 11:50 AM
When you need something done pronto, or a repair done on a Saturday that normally wouldn't get done until Monday, bring Beer. Cash is all fine and well, but a cold beer on a saturday after the shop closes (or after lunch for that matter!) is one of the best ways to tip your wrench! People used to bring me stuff and I'd explain that I was just the manager, the mech fixed your rig!
Your repair will usually find it's way into the "today" pile with a six-pack. Bring a 12, it'll get done before lunch. A case of Shiner Bock will always move you to the head of the line!
Oct 13, 2002 7:41 PM
The only time I got any kind of a tip, it was a 6-pack of Sierra Nevada. It was after I did the work though. The guy was a regular, had bought several nice bikes from us, and I stayed late to build up his new cross bike one night. The next day he brought me a 6-pack. I agree that beer is a great way to score points with your wrench.
What about a lead out?McAndrus
Oct 14, 2002 4:40 AM
You mean beer counts for more than a lead out on a sprint?
so, when does chip get that lead out?(nm)merckx56
Oct 14, 2002 7:20 AM
Let me work out the details hereMcAndrus
Oct 14, 2002 11:13 AM
Let's see, a full moon, a southwest wind, a temperature between 80-85 degrees, and I'm feelin' strong. All at the same time.

Yeah - like that'll happen soon. Well, I guess I'll just have to buy some beer.
re: Ever TIP your LBS mechanic???Berm
Oct 13, 2002 5:37 PM
I received my Pegoretti on a Friday afternoon via UPS and called my local wrench asking him if he could build it up right away. He said yes and I gave him an extra $20.00 for his help. He went out of his way to help me so I thought it was the least I could do for him.
re: Ever TIP your LBS mechanic???mhinman
Oct 14, 2002 5:12 AM
When I got my custom spec'ed Colnago MXL. My mechanic and I built it up together, I gave him a 12 pack of good beer and $40, for doing such a good job.