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am i missing something?(11 posts)

am i missing something?don440
Jun 18, 2003 5:20 AM
this coming up weekend i'm racing in a triathlon, and was thinking about getting some aero bars for my bike. i had stopped by a shop close to my work, and checked out his selection, and thought i'd stop by the shop close to my house to see what he had, since i had a coupon i could use there. anyway, i go in with my daughter and start looking around. the owner asks me if he can help me, and i say i'm looking to get some profile bars. now i thought that aero bars were also called profile bars, but i may be wrong on that, and i don't know where i picked up the profile bar thing, but anyway, the owner looks confused, so i explain that i want the aero bars, you know, what people in triathlons use. the owner visibly winces, i mean he actually makes a wincing face, like i was a knucklehead for even asking, and then proceeds to tell me, and this is an exact quote, "we're not that kind of a shop". am i missing something? am i supposed to get that kind of stuff at the pep boys? the owner did suggest a product to me, but he would have to order it (which if i really wanted to wait for an order, i'd take care of it myself on the net). i said not to worry about it, and split. i'll stick with the shop close to work.
Well, one thing you're missing...Dwayne Barry
Jun 18, 2003 5:27 AM
is that Profile is a the name of a company that makes aerobars, of course there are many others.

As to the shop, it just seems like bad business to me to scare off any segment of the cycling crowd. But I could see how somebody with more prejudice than good sense would view triathletes as outside of their desired cycling customer base, not that that justifies rudeness.
Well, one thing you're missing...don440
Jun 18, 2003 5:51 AM
yeah, i checked into the profile thing and figured out where i came up with it.

this guy's shop has everything else, mt. bikes, bmx, singlespeeds, road, hybrid type bikes. he is trying to specialize in high end, custom type touring bikes, with fenders and the works. his reaction to my request, whether he realized it or not, basically sent out the message "you got to be kidding me bonehead, look around, we don't carry that garbage, and you have to be a dunce to even ask about it". the shops been there about 6 months, and like you said, i wouldn't be copping that type attitude, especially if i was just starting out. hell, i wouldn't do it at all, regardless.
Probably not a "road" shoppitt83
Jun 18, 2003 5:37 AM
Some shops are focused on MTB and skateboard stuff; higher volume stuff. Road cycling si still popular and, according to some, gaining. It still is a relatively small segment. Especially when you're talking about an even smaller percentage of that market; racing components. He probably can't afford / doesn't want to afford to have the stock on hand.

A good "road" shop is hard to find.
A better place to shop.the bull
Jun 18, 2003 5:37 AM
Profile is a company that makes bars.
Try Excel sports.
They are that kind of shop.
If you are going to be leaving the aero bars on the bike you should consider the Profile Airstryke 2000.They are good because the pads pop up out of the way so you can ride and still keep your hand on the top of the bars.
Another thing to consider is a lean forward seatpost it will put you in a more aero postion.I have one with a seat allready on it so I can slide it in and install aero bars in a couple of seconds.Then when I am done I TAKE THEM OFF FOR NORMAL ROAD USE.
re: am i missing something?aliensporebomb
Jun 18, 2003 5:56 AM
Profile also makes bar ends for mountain bikes. Maybe
he thought you meant those. Hard to say.

Maybe he thought you meant profile energy bars?

But yeah, sounds like you need more of a shop that caters
to the serious road enthusiast or at least is larger.

And I'd just ask "I'd like to get some aerobars, which
models do you carry/recommend?"]
The whince may have been about his own choices not yoursScot_Gore
Jun 18, 2003 6:19 AM
I wouldn't be suprised to learn, that given that "roadies" are somewhat resurgent, that you were the 4th,5th,6th,......xth person to ask for some road specific inventory. He's whincing because he a made a choice not to carry it. I bet he's upset because he's beginning to wonder if he's positioned his business correctly. The "we're not that kind of shop" may be a mis-said apology to you for not having the product your looking for. At the same time he's kicking himself inside for having 12 different kinds of gel seats that having been hanging on the rack gathering dust. While folks have been coming in and asking for LOOK cleats, HRMs, carbon seat posts, and aerobars.

my 2 cents

One BIG thing you missed...brider
Jun 18, 2003 6:36 AM that you shouldn't try out something (especially something like aero-bars) in a race this weekend that you're just looking at getting now. Being steady on add-on bars like that takes some practice. Apparently you haven't used them before (like in a TT), so I'd stay with what you've got for now, buy them at your leisure, and use them in your next triathlon.
One BIG thing you missed...don440
Jun 18, 2003 8:04 AM
i've used them before, i've got an old set of scott aerobars on one of my older bikes. as far as the comment further up about stocking, the bike shop doesn't really stock much of anything, he would have to order me a stem if i wanted one, besides the aero bars. he does have gloves, some seats, some clothes and helmets, but that is about it.

actually i posted this story more because i was wondering if those that set their bike up for triathlon type riding are, i guess you could say, looked down upon by those that consider themselves road purists or something. that was the message sent, i just didn't expect something like that.
Trust your instincts young Skywalker53T
Jun 18, 2003 10:02 AM
You are righ to be surprized that someone with a bike shop would not serve the tri market. With the overlap in the equipment being about 95% on a dollar basis, it is bad business to exclude tri.

Of course there are many many shops that exclude high priced equipment, like race-worthy bikes, or any kind of replacement component. These are kid's bike stores and would not carry aero bars. Reevaluate his inventory. Do you know enough about MTB's to tell the difference between high end and junk? Like a lot of roadies, I can't. It's possible he just sells junk, not that there's anything wrong with that...
I agree.cydswipe
Jun 18, 2003 5:09 PM
I've been in a few shops in small towns. They don't have all of the gear you might expect from a bicycle shop. Keep in mind, some shops only get to service Huffy's from Wal-Mart because there isn't anyplace else to go. Get yourself some aero-bars and enjoy the ride. The summer, well, life in general, is too short to get worked up over this guys desire to rebuild Pacifics for a living. :)