Category: Debate

10 true stories from most LBS

Things that drive bike shops crazy… 10 true stories from most local bike shops. First time biker/prospective buyer comes accompanied by a know-it-all mate who talks rubbish and the salesperson cannot tell him his talking crap because he doesn’t want

Are you a Rider…

… or a Cyclist? After decades of bicycle riding and seven-plus years of running a Local Bike Shop SJ and I have concluded that are essentially two types of mountain bikers – the cyclist and the rider. Neither one is

Buy your bike, buy your shop

When you buy your bicycle you should also ‘buy’ the shop. In other words, your choice of shop and bike brand should be influenced by the shop you feel most comfortable in. Not only are you investing in a bike

What’s the price YOU pay?

The phone rings. Friendly, enthusiastic greeting. Exchange names. Customer: ‘How much is your Superfast Lightweight Softail XC 2013?’ Me: ‘Good choice. Light as a feather – 9.99 KGS. RRP is R30 000’ Customer: ‘Yeah, I know, but what discount do

Drivetrain Wear… it happens

Cranks turn, cogs wear, chains stretch; that is the story with all bicycles. But it is often a misunderstood reality of cycling. Everything the chain touches will wear due to friction. The chain too will wear (stretch) causing the teeth on

650B’s are Here

The Ins and Outs of 650Bs When we heard about another wheel size just over a year ago (650B or not 650B), we swore, shook our heads and banged our fists. Please, we don’t want to stock more tyres, tubes,

Predictions for 2014

The biggest prediction for 2014, and this won’t be a surprise to most readers, is the official death of 26ers. The 2 largest bicycle manufacturers have decided to replace their 26er line-up. Along with their current very successful 29er range

Our Nightmare… Noises

Its a dark and gloomy night, I find myself manning the shop alone, well after normal office hours. Strange vagrants wonder past the shop front, as the dim store lights flicker and hum. In walks a customer wheeling in their

Trends for the Argus Cycle Tour 2013

This is what we expect to see at the Argus Cycle Tour Aero Road bikes …. such as Specialized Venge and the Felt AR Series More crazies will be riding single-speed bikes with events like Moonlight Mass getting more of

Which customer are you?

Having your bicycle serviced to your satisfaction often depends on the accuracy and detail of your service request (and your budget). You could be one of these customers . . . The low-admin customer: do what needs to be done