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Old 06-14-2011, 08:54 PM   #41
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i second the favor for performance and aftermarket parts with a friendly staff not bent on selling stuff at every opportunity and the ability to watch the bike being worked on...every place sells gear and a lot of people shop online for even cheaper gear (i admit i'm one even though i'm bikeless i have 3 bookmarks i check regularly for deals besides i got a hjc helmet for $30 shipped at a shop they told me it would be $129 + tax), but thats just me i know nothing of how a business runs and good luck!


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Old 06-14-2011, 08:58 PM   #42
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someone in this thread said why reinvent the wheel...good advice sure. but i love playing devils advocate....why NOT reinvent the wheel? its been done several times. stone wheels to wooden wheels, spoked to tubeless..these days you can even get carbon fiber wheels!

i always thought a real upgrade and peformance place would be cooler than most places that just do more repair and maintenance work. i dont know if a place could really survive that way...i do think having a dyno can really set you apart from the pack in this business.

i work at a dealership and there is tons of stuff i think most traditional places could do better. they all do it the same way because, yes. it does work, but that doesnt mean it cant work better.

i can tell you that our parts department has too much old stock. you dont make money on parts or accesories that sit on the shelf. as a parts guy on commision, i really wish we could blow some of that stuff out and use the money to order the things that sell better.

i think one way to fix that and be a better business is to be a brick and morter shop AND an online vendor. if things dont sell in your store fast enough, blow it out online for smaller profits and try stocking something new. you have to keep money flowing to stay ahead. cycle gear actually does this really well. they have retail stores, and then blow out clearance items through the website. on top of that they have unofficial ebay sellers accounts setup to recoup money on returned items or things their website cant even sell. its all about being dynamic.

most important thing i can say that defines a place is its staff. you could have a state of the art trillion dollar facilility full of bitter retards who hate their job, and people would hate going there...even if you had neked chicks. on the flipside if you have a mechanic who knows his , and gets the job done...and you have parts guys who order the right parts and know how to sell them...you could operate out of the garage in your house. its all about the people.

half the time i dont know why people on here bother calling out bad shops. especially dealerships. yes, its good to warn your fellow riders, but they dont realize its not about the name on the sign out front. its about the name of the person you talk to at the counter. the name of the guy in the back doing the actual work. another reason i say this is because a lot of places are just revolving doors when it comes to employees. people should know to stay away from certains names more than certain shops

people say such and such dealer screwed me over...when really they should be asking names and saying the mechanic john q douchewrench scratched my exhaust and steve mcfaggothead the service writer wouldnt replace it. i also dont think people escalate these kinds of issues enough. many GM's will just fix these problems with few questions asked...but they often dont hear about them...so i guess that is another pointer. be as involved as possible in your business as you grow. call up random customers and ask how things went!
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Old 06-14-2011, 09:12 PM   #43
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a shop on the west side or northwest side would be nice its always nice to have a small stock of used bikes for sale.
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