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    • CommentAuthortreehugger
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2011
     
    If you were to own a bike shop, what bike brands would you carry and why?
    • CommentAuthorTracker
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2011
     
    colnago, wilier, canyon, santa cruz, yeti, ibis, bmc, because i love them and there a something different from the super big brands. There are more but just cant remember rite now.
    • CommentAuthorveggie
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2011
     
    That is a hard question to answer. You have to know what your customers want, which is dependent on your location.
    • CommentAuthorKevint143
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2011
     
    colorful deep v's with matching chains/grips and pedal straps....Aerospokes aluminum/carbon frames with FGFS forks on them. umm LOTS of top tube pads. Spoke cards...nitto jag stems with riser bars for that crucially aggressive fixie whip look. Oh and the felt fixie line maybe work a deal with mongoose to sell the fixed speed bikes they offer.
    • CommentAuthorTracker
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2011 edited
     
    Posted By: Kevint143colorful deep v's with matching chains/grips and pedal straps....Aerospokes aluminum/carbon frames with FGFS forks on them. umm LOTS of top tube pads. Spoke cards...nitto jag stems with riser bars for that crucially aggressive fixie whip look. Oh and the felt fixie line maybe work a deal with mongoose to sell the fixed speed bikes they offer.

    You will sell like crazy, thats it.
    Call it hipster surplus.
    • CommentAuthorHaegan
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2011
     
    i'd probably go for more of a race shop
    giant
    cervelo
    hire a custom builder?
    pinarello
    plus a parts counter full of awesome stuff

    speaking of brands, has anyone ever checked out english cycles? because the stuff he makes looks fucking awesome. http://www.englishcycles.com/
    • CommentAuthorTracker
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2011
     
    I've heard of them but never bothered to check them out to much I for got about cervelo Tjat would be one of the brands to.
    • CommentAuthorKevint143
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2011
     
    They brought some of the English stuff into our work to show off and bah they are beautiful
    • CommentAuthorBrannigan
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2011 edited
     
    I would have a high, mid, and entry level range of bikes. I would carry brands that focus on gearies and/or fixies. SO, I might also carry Ibis (American based, but they are foreign built now), Felt, Colnago (a fav Ital based), Surly (popular), and/or Public. For an entry level, I would carry something like Kona for rentals and cheaper deals. I would not want anyone coming in and not being able to find a bike in their range. I would wan't racers and hobby cyclists to feel like they just walked into their new fav bikshop. Heavy emphasis on accessories and matchable parts was a good idea by Kevint143 and is very "in". I would DEF make sure to watch popular trends, I would never have guessed fixies would be such a big fad... but they are. I would wish to populate my shop with bikes built in countries that pay their workers well, but that would be hard to do if trying to create a range of bikes for all incomes.
  1.  
    Posted By: Haeganspeaking of brands, has anyone ever checked out english cycles? because the stuff he makes looks fucking awesome.http://www.englishcycles.com/

    Rob English is local, and I have heard about him from a couple of people, but I've never seen one of his bikes in person.
    • CommentAuthorKevint143
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2011
     
    I will actually carry nothing but those chinese carbon fiber frames from ebay
  2.  
    My shop will be njs stamped!
    • CommentAuthorLaurenEE
    • CommentTimeSep 12th 2011
     
    For high end/road, I would carry Bianchi (who would also cover the "bikes for everyone" category), Lynskey, Colnago, Guru, Time, Cervelo, and BMC. For the "bikes for everyone", I would carry Surly, Pashley, and probably Jamis for their cruiser line. I would also give customers the option of a custom frame, so I would probably be a dealer for desalvo cycles which would cover titanium, steel, and MTB (which I know exactly nothing about honestly). I would probably carry Tiemeyer too as I would want an aluminum option. For the Fixed/singlespeed crowd, I would carry all-city, Wabi, and I would of course make sure to always have at least a couple Bianchi Pistas in stock.

    For accessories, I wouldn't want to carry a ton of brands, but I would focus on quality and I would keep them as American as possible. So, for bottle cages, it's king cages. for seatposts, it's thomson, and so on. I would definetly carry nitto and 3T stuff.
    • CommentAuthoruhler
    • CommentTimeSep 12th 2011
     
    2 shops, one Mtb only, one road bike only

    MTB shop

    Frames/bikes:

    house brand will be transition
    santacruz
    mondraker
    Intense
    Turner
    corsair
    scott
    specialized
    trek
    lapierre
    Devinci
    GT

    components:
    Sram
    shimano
    raceface
    answer
    blkmrkt
    diety
    Wtb
    maxxis
    odi
    formula
    azonic
    mavic
    thomson
    TLD
    fox
    rockshox
    manitou
    marzocchi
    canecreek


    Road bike shop

    frames/bikes:

    house brand will be Cervelo
    time
    colnago
    trek
    specialized
    Cinelli (none of that fixay shit)
    giant
    pinarello
    (lots of crabon)

    Components:
    sram
    shimano
    3ttt
    cinelli
    nitto
    fulcrum
    mavic
    thomson
    Fizik
    vittoria
    campagnolo
    cane creek
    fsa
    bontrager (the good shtuff)


    i dunno, i'm not thinking correctly ill probably edit this later yo.
    • CommentAuthoruhler
    • CommentTimeSep 12th 2011
     
    feck that was long, sorry.
    • CommentAuthorTracker
    • CommentTimeSep 12th 2011
     
    No enve or ritchey.
    • CommentAuthoruhler
    • CommentTimeSep 12th 2011
     
    none
    • CommentAuthordiscotraxx
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2011
     
    Posted By: Tracker
    Posted By: Kevint143colorful deep v's with matching chains/grips and pedal straps....Aerospokes aluminum/carbon frames with FGFS forks on them. umm LOTS of top tube pads. Spoke cards...nitto jag stems with riser bars for that crucially aggressive fixie whip look. Oh and the felt fixie line maybe work a deal with mongoose to sell the fixed speed bikes they offer.

    You will sell like crazy, thats it.
    Call it hipster surplus.


    i was thinking the same thing. glad we're all on the same page
    • CommentAuthordiscotraxx
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2011
     
    really depends on your area though. the market fluctuates like crazy from city to city.
    • CommentAuthorTracker
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2011
     
    Yup, for me it's kinda the same market for like 6 towns. Also 3 of them aere really really small but where all the same.
    • CommentAuthoruhler
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2011
     
    Posted By: Trackerwhere

    we're.
    • CommentAuthorveggie
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2011
     
    You have done well young padawan.
    • CommentAuthorTracker
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2011
     
    Posted By: uhler
    Posted By: Trackerwhere

    we're.

    Ok that I never mess up, that's a 1st.
  3.  
    Well, the reason I asked the question is because I just acquired a bike shop in Denver called Velosoul. If your ever in Denver, check us out. We currently carry Jamis in addition to all of the brands that can be ordered from the standard suppliers like Surly, O-8, etc. I think I'm going to stick with Jamis, they have solid bikes at reasonable costs. Plus, the Dakar 650b Pro is waiting for me. Wish me luck! I'm going to try to live my dream!
  4.  
    Moot any one?
    • CommentAuthorveggie
    • CommentTimeNov 5th 2011
     
    Good luck!
    • CommentAuthormanbeard
    • CommentTimeNov 6th 2011
     
    Gangl, bishop, hufnagel, Icarus....yada yada
  5.  
    So... You'd pay those custom builders to build custom bikes for no one for display in a shop? I'm not sure that is a good business model.

    Posted By: Rubbermeal77Moot any one?

    Moots?
    • CommentAuthorMancha150
    • CommentTimeNov 6th 2011
     
    Posted By: suicide_doorsSo... You'd pay those custom builders to build custom bikes for no one for display in a shop? I'm not sure that is a good business model.

    Posted By: Rubbermeal77Moot any one?

    Moots?



    Well dont you need to buy moots directly through a moots dealer anyway? They have a sizing system that the bike shop employs, and send the specifications to the company, is what I thought. And yes, I am going to get a moots. One day.
  6.  
    JONA! I KNEW YOU WERE GOING TO POP UP. But you didn't do any econ talk, so I guess I'm wrong as much as I am right. Dammit.

    Posted By: Mancha150Well dont you need to buy moots directly through a moots dealer anyway?


    I was responding to this:

    Posted By: manbeardGangl, bishop, hufnagel, Icarus....yada yada
    • CommentAuthorMancha150
    • CommentTimeNov 6th 2011
     
    Posted By: suicide_doorsJONA! I KNEW YOU WERE GOING TO POP UP. But you didn't do any econ talk, so I guess I'm wrong as much as I am right. Dammit.

    Posted By: Mancha150Well dont you need to buy moots directly through a moots dealer anyway?


    I was responding to this:

    Posted By: manbeardGangl, bishop, hufnagel, Icarus....yada yada


    Ah i see sorry, wasnt paying attention. And got excited about the sound of a moots. In any case, I came across a nearly unused cannondale r700 this weekend for 300 locally, and thought hard about it and decided that as much as I want a road bike right now, its not really something I should be spending money on. Plus, our apartment is not big enough for another bike that I wont even ride much now that the weather is getting crappy. So my marin search is over too. Have a long time to save up for the 5,000 dollar moots I am thinking of.

    What you mean econ talk? Man, I must have really scared people with that crap. I was having a rough day at work, to say the least
    • CommentAuthorveggie
    • CommentTimeNov 6th 2011
     
    The proper number of bikes to own is n+1, where n is the number currently owned
    • CommentAuthorMancha150
    • CommentTimeNov 6th 2011
     
    Posted By: veggieThe proper number of bikes to own is n+1, where n is the number currently owned


    Hahahaha, hilarious. Lets see if I can try that one out on the wife...
  7.  
    What happened to laughing in Spanish? I always appreciated that. YOU'RE NOT DOING ANYTHING RIGHT TODAY!
    • CommentAuthorveggie
    • CommentTimeNov 6th 2011
     
    I told my mom that last night, she kept insisting that n is equal to 2, so n+1 is 3, the number of bikes I have(that she knows about)
    • CommentAuthorMancha150
    • CommentTimeNov 6th 2011
     
    ¿¿¿¿¿Qué???

    ¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡JAJAJAJAJAJAJAJJAJ!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • CommentAuthorChris V
    • CommentTimeNov 6th 2011
     
    Posted By: Mancha150¿¿¿¿¿Qué???

    ¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡JAJAJAJAJAJAJAJJAJ!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    No mames guey jajaja quien sabe si nos entienden
    • CommentAuthormanbeard
    • CommentTimeNov 6th 2011
     
    Yup, I would have them available as visual samples for people who are ready to take the step into getting a custom frame. It's not the best business model, it is very niche. But the question wasn't what what's the best business model for a bike shop. I just enjoy the style that those builders have (just to name a few). I live up the street from treehuggers shop and have visited from time to time. Va moooots yes please
    • CommentAuthoreaglerock
    • CommentTimeNov 6th 2011
     
    Posted By: veggieso n+1 is 3, the number of bikes I have(that she knows about)

    How long do you think that's going to last? Unless she's colorblind, she'll notice a purple bike eventually.
    • CommentAuthorveggie
    • CommentTimeNov 6th 2011
     
    When its built, but I haven't thought of that yet
    • CommentAuthoruhler
    • CommentTimeNov 7th 2011
     
    keep it under your bed.
    • CommentAuthorMancha150
    • CommentTimeNov 7th 2011
     
    You should really be concerned about her possibily reading this thread at this very moment, and knowing of your plans. You learn this stuff when having a wife as well...
    • CommentAuthorveggie
    • CommentTimeNov 7th 2011
     
    She only gets on if I tell her something funny someone said in a thread.
    • CommentAuthorMancha150
    • CommentTimeNov 7th 2011
     
    that is what our women want us to think...
    • CommentAuthorM1K3Y
    • CommentTimeNov 8th 2011
     
    Posted By: Mancha150You should really be concerned about her possibily reading this thread at this very moment, and knowing of your plans. You learn this stuff when having a wife as well...

    Her: "You've been looking at bike porn on ebay again haven't you?"
    Me: "No... why?"
    Her: "Then what are these multiple paypal charges from?"
    Me: Silence
    • CommentAuthorveggie
    • CommentTimeNov 8th 2011
     
    Yes Mikey, my mom looks at my paypal charges...

    "what's this $106 send to a Nigel Scott at campyoldy.com?"
    • CommentAuthorM1K3Y
    • CommentTimeNov 8th 2011
     
    Posted By: veggieYes Mikey, my mom looks at my paypal charges...

    "what's this $106 send to a Nigel Scott at campyoldy.com?"

    No, I meant this in my particular case.
    • CommentAuthorveggie
    • CommentTimeNov 8th 2011
     
    Just busting your balls, like I like to do.
    • CommentAuthorM1K3Y
    • CommentTimeNov 8th 2011
     
    Posted By: veggieJust busting your balls, like I like to do.

    I'll add that to my list which currently includes all of my arm bones, my face, lots of skin on my right side and probably my liver too
    • CommentAuthorveggie
    • CommentTimeNov 8th 2011
     
    At least you have two of them, I say as I look at my signed Lance Armstrong poster.
 



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