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a local bike shop (LBS) repairs and sells bicycles, parts, and accessories

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Am I freeloading at my LBS?

I try to make all my bicycle-related purchases (parts, tools, accessories, etc) at my LBS, but I have never bought a new bike at a LBS, and I (very) rarely take my bikes in for service. On average, I ...
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I purchased a “new” bike from my local bike shop that is five years old--should they have disclosed this?

The bicycle is a Moots Mooto X RSL. I bought the bike in June 2017 and just learned when I registered the frame that it was manufactured in 2012. The tag on the bike showed that the price as offered ...
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Stripped thread on steerer. Who is at fault - me or LBS?

Background I ride a Peugeot PKN10 (1980 or 1979 I'm unsure of the exact date). Three months ago I had a cracked chainstay replaced at my LBS. This required removal of the original fork and headset ...
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Frame manufacturer not covering crack as saying it was crash damage

My Ti frame developed a huge crack in the frame a week or so ago. A pain I thought bit it'll be covered by warranty... The frame builder is now saying that it's crash damage. I really really doubt ...
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Repair service specifically for bike commuters?

I'm not sure if this question is suitable for this site, Startups SE or neither, but here it goes: Is there already any sort of business model catering to bike commuters for expedited repair issues? ...
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How much assembly is required when an LBS orders a bike?

I'm looking to order a Marin Lombard Elite from my LBS but I want to replace the FSA BB and crankset with Shimano or SRAM parts, and change to a 52/36. When my LBS orders it, does all of that come ...
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Torn. Want to support LBS but they don't carry what I really want [closed]

I live in a small town with one bike shop. It is a good shop that I like a lot. I am riding an bike that I built 15 years ago but I take it there and spend money on parts and maintenance. I bought ...
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Old bike - what can I use for crank replacement?

The LBS doesn't have anything in stock to replace the crank on this bike : What is this type of crank and does anyone still supply them?
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How can I get a bike mechanic certification/where can I learn to be a bike mechanic?

I'm interested in becoming a bike mechanic in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. I'm hoping there's an industry body which runs courses to certify bike mechanics. I'm really hoping it's not just ...
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Specialized bike store or general sports shop

I plan to buy a new bicycle. Is it better to buy it at a specialized bike store or at a general sports shop? In case it matters, I live in Vienna, Austria. I know very little about bicycles in ...
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What do I do when I don't trust my LBS to repair a problem they caused?

I have a Sturmey Archer 3-speed hub on an ex-single speed. I got a flat on my way to work and couldn't ride any more. So I jumped on the train and took it to the bike shop near work (the shop who ...
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Is my local bike shop asking to much money to change a rear cog?

I normally have much love for my LBS, but I've moved recently and am a little unsure about this new one due to the fees he is asking. I have a flip flop hub with a fixed gear (18 tooth) cog on one ...
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How do you know if you can trust your LBS?

I've visited a lot of bike shops in my time. There have been great ones, and scary ones. One thing I've noticed is that they all seem to have the best intentions. I've never had one deliberately rip ...
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How to choose a Local Bike Shop

I have moved yet again and I am trying to find a LBS that I trust in my new city. How do you evaluate a LBS given that you are paying them for services that you don't understand. (If you did ...
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How should I negotiate price with bicycle salespeople?

Aside from just knowing the best time to make the purchase of your bike, what other specific tactics can I make use of in negotiating price on a bike? For instance, what devalues a bike aside from ...