Editor’s Note: We continue our recent series of QTs from the RBR Crew this this week’s submission from Coach John Hughes. If you depend on your LBS to keep your bike in shape and make all the major repairs, it’s time-honored advice. Here’s what John writes:
I just got back from Icebox Mountain Sports up here in Fraser, Colorado. They do all the work on my bikes in the summer and XC skis in the winter.
I went in last week and asked for stronger legs. Deb, the owner, didn’t have those but she ordered me a cassette with easier gears.
Today Justin put it on while I B.S.’d with him and Jason. When he was finished I asked what kind of beer they liked. I headed right over to the liquor store, bought a six-pack of porter and a six-pack of wheat and took the beer back to the store.
I’ve made a point of knowing everyone who works there by name. When I walk in after a day of riding or skiing, they always say, “Hey, John. What’s happening? What can we do for you?”
When I say, “I’d like my bike / skis tuned up overnight, and can I pick up them up tomorrow morning?” they always say, “Yes, of course” … and I always bring a six-pack or two.
Another option is to bring a bag of fresh bagels when you drop off your bike every time.
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—John Marsh & The RBR Team
John Marsh is the former editor and publisher of RBR Newsletter and RoadBikeRider.com. A rider of "less than podium" talent, he brought our readers consistently useful, informative, entertaining info that helps make them better road cyclists. That's what we're all about here—always have been, always will be. Click to read John's full bio.