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gift ideas for LBS guy(s)
Last Post 08/13/2013 01:26 PM by Garret Janney. 8 Replies.
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jacques_anquetil

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07/18/2013 02:31 PM
the guys at the shop that i ride for have done an outstanding job of helping me out recently, and I'd like to get something special for the gang, and for one guy specifically. for the shop guys, the mechanics and front of house fellows the answer is obvious: beer. i asked the manager and that's what he said. there's one sales rep that has gone above and beyond though and i'd like to do something a little more special since he would respond to my emails and order stuff _on his days off_. now that's service. gift certificate to a local restaurant? any ideas?
jmdirt

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07/18/2013 03:11 PM
I take beer to the shop every time I go because, like I have said before, the guys at my LBS treat me like I'm the world champ. A coupla times a year I have a pizza delivered there at lunch time. Custom engraved head caps are a nice bike gift (purelycustom.com). Gift certs to nice food places are good if the person likes the place.
jookey

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07/18/2013 10:21 PM
Beer rules. I brew, so I bring over a bunch of my fall batches for tastings.
jrt1045

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07/19/2013 10:01 AM
another vote for beer, that truly motivates and says thank you. jmdirt is right, you will be treated like royalty and then you will be shamed into bringing more

additionally, a pleasant attitude is a gift too - way too many d-bags darken their door, trust me. It's a huge relief when someone with a great attitude stops in for whatever
madvax

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07/20/2013 12:47 AM
I bring beer to my LBS guy. I asked his wife for his favorites when he was not around.
Gonzo Cyclist

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08/11/2013 10:45 PM
what jm said, and the rest of you guys get it, Beer, but a great bottle of Tequila is very nice for them to take home, we had a client do that for every guy in the shop once, really great stuff.
Once I had a bunch of name tags made for their bikes from Victory Circle Graphics, they had commented on mine once, so I got all of their Nationalities, and had them made with their countries flags, it was cool
Pin0Q0

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08/12/2013 05:01 PM
I got caught in a huge storm few weeks ago and finally last week my bottom bracket started creaking. I needed a Campy tool, so I stopped in with my bike to make sure I get the right tool. So Jeff put the bike on the stand to take a look at it, so he removes the right crank, then the left, next thing I know he is re-building it for me and it’s not as if they were all standing around doing nothing, they were all busy.
The Campy bottom bracket is way over engineered and required a bit of effort to get the bearing out the housing the that gets screwed in the bottom bracket (freaking Campy). Anyway got the bike back within half an hour cleaned and lubed, even the chain got cleaned. So I go to pay and he says $20, and I said I want the tool too, he said that’s how much the tool is. So I stopped in Saturday after my ride with a case. That’s the least I could do for those guys.
THE SKINNY

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08/12/2013 05:16 PM
we have one good place to ride off road in town and i've done a lot of trail maintenance over the years. the bike shop owner loves me because he gets to sell more mtb's and the newbies love riding so they buy more stuff. so my suggestion is volunteer for whatever events the shop has or do some trail work. beer doesn't hurt either.
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
GJanney

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08/13/2013 01:26 PM
I would also say beer, but really good coffee beans are probably welcomed as well.
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