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Follow up #1 to "Bike Buying Manners" . . .(7 posts)

Follow up #1 to "Bike Buying Manners" . . .Nomatt
May 14, 2003 10:04 AM
I went down to the LBS today and asked the Owner himself (VERY nicely :)if I could get a cash discount on the Grand Sport. He said . ..
"Actually, No. You can pay with whatever you want, its all the same to me. I would actually want you to pay with a credit card, then the money is in my bank account right away. And with the low rates on credit cards today, its just so much easier"

he didnt say anything about discounts on accessories, but ill ask when i buy the bike. oh well, its priced pretty well anyways. by the way, what accessories should i buy right away . .. . i have a helmet, thats about it. thanks
accessoriesJS Haiku Shop
May 14, 2003 10:12 AM
frame pump or mini pump or c02 inflator & cartridges
floor pump
tire levers
multitool
chain lube
grease
spare tubes
patch kit
seat pack
bottles
bottle cages
computer
glasses
gloves
pedals
shoes
zinn and the art of road bike maintenance

cha-ching!

-J
I bought back in MarchSpecialTater
May 14, 2003 10:16 AM
and the LBS was ready to move a >$1000 bike BUT he still wouldn't drop the price. He did throw in cheap pedals (SPDs), a pair of road shoes (last year's stock) and gave me 1/2 price on a Specialized M-1 helmet (nice helmet). Oh and a cheap sub $30 computer that I'm ready to lose I think. And the typical waterbottles and cages. If I did it again, I would push for a seat pack, a couple of tubes and a patch kit. Maybe a tool as well if you think they are feeling generous. Also good water bottles (big, 32oz ones instead of the cheap lbs labeled bottles). You can easily do any ride with the above gear, assuming you have shorts.
J's list is better. I forgot about a pump and/or CO2 (nm)SpecialTater
May 14, 2003 10:17 AM
I bought back in Marchhomegrown2004
May 14, 2003 6:31 PM
Don't want to start a flame war or anything...but that employee gave you ALOT of things for buying a relatively inexpensive bike. I realize over 1000$ is a hefty chunk of change but the mark up isn't that high. They threw in probably around 150$ worth of stuff, seems kind of unfair to push for even more when they really don't owe you anything at all. I'm kind of biased considering I work at a shop and have to deal with all types of people but most people go into a shop thinking they can bargain. Give the guys a break and get what you pay for,their margins are low enough.
buy a floor pump. Unless you want to develop the upper body...Bruno S
May 14, 2003 10:23 AM
10% discount on accesories after a bike purchase is common.

Buy a floor pump with a gage. Road bike tires need to be pump at least once a week to about 100 psi. You do not want to do this with a frame or mini-pump every time.
Bike buying and club membershipNo_sprint
May 14, 2003 10:54 AM
My local LBS offers a cash discount for built bikes inventoried.

Secondly, I always wonder why so many cyclists are not members of a cycling *club*. I don't know where you're at or what the club atmosphere is like in your area, however, there are many clubs in my area to choose from. One standard benefit of any and all the clubs in my area is between 5 and 20 percent off listed prices at tons of shops in my area. Whether you like the club members or not or ride with the club or not, slap them your $15 and get the member card and head to one of their shops to do your buying. I don't understand riding *unattached*, even if only for the discount at the LBS.