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using 2 LBS's for 1 bike?(8 posts)

using 2 LBS's for 1 bike?blownpupil
Dec 22, 2002 7:51 AM
Is there anything wrong in purchasing a frame from one LBS (they are authorized dealer for desired frame and have excellent reputation)then taking frame to another LBS to get built up and maintained (I like the 2nd LBS's owner, live closer, and trust him) The stores are both local.

Will first LBS care? Should 2nd LBS care? (more importantly)Will warranty be valid if non-authorized dealer F#cks up? I want this particular frame, but want to give the 2nd LBS as much of my business as well.

Should I just have 1st shop do all the work and future maintenance?
well...Bill is in Denver
Dec 22, 2002 8:52 AM
If the first or second LBS are giving you your equipment for free then by all means do what they want you to do. If, on the otherhand, you are spending your money, that you worked for, that you could easily save by ordering off the net or something...then do what YOU want to do and let them freakin deal with it. As far as warranty problems, it falls on who screwed up. If the frame was defective the frame company will have to handle it..if it was the buildup then the builder would have to handle it..and that is regardless of where you purchase I imagine.

It's your money..spend it where you see fit.

Bill
Sometimes it really is just about the money.Spoke Wrench
Dec 22, 2002 9:24 AM
Shouldn't they be the ones worrying about how to make and keep YOU happy?
should be finegtx
Dec 22, 2002 10:03 AM
You can do whatever you want and there should be no warranty issues. Just make sure the frame is fully prepped by shop #1 (should be included in the purchase price of the frame, but shop #2 will charge you if they have to do it).
What constitutes "fully prepped"?astrobiker
Dec 22, 2002 2:51 PM
Just curious - a long way from doing this, but what does one have to do to "fully prep" a frame you order?
Kerry posted a good listgtx
Dec 22, 2002 4:59 PM
Kerry "prepare frame question" 12/8/02 4:07pm
No problemgrandemamou
Dec 22, 2002 10:54 AM
That's what I did. My LBS did not carry the frame I wanted. Bought the frame on line and had it built up by LBS. My LBS was happy to get part of my business rather than none of it.

As another poster said. Just make sure the frame is properly prepped by the LBS where you purchase it.
Don't get co-dependent over an lbs :)Leroy
Dec 22, 2002 4:40 PM
You're the customer. Each should be grateful for any of your business. Personally, I'd get Gary Hobbs to build up one of his frames for me, or get it at excel sports, depending on the frame.