Cycling in Sydney Australia
ALDI are bringing out a road bike on Wednesday. For $399.00 it looks like it has Cell Bikes and Reid Cycles on the ropes as regards value for money. The review is here depending on how my money situation and negotiations with my non-cycling partner go I may even go N+1 and get one myself.
It does raise a question about the impact on the LBS. I mentioned it to a couple of people I know at two of my locals one said ALDI were selling Claris equipped road bikes $600 cheaper than he could bearing in mind he builds them and has the initial free service.
ALDI also have other cycling gear on sale. My question is this, can the LBS survive not only the emergence of the On Line Bike Shop but the ALDI and no doubt other shops selling entry level bikes? I mentioned the ALDI road bike while one guy was stating that for every $300.00 spent at Wiggle etc another job was lost in Australia.
Every one of these will have to go to a bike shop pretty quickly after the person who buys it botches the self-assembly in some way.
yes, and not long before repairs and servicing are required even if the first assembly was correct
I understand not everyone might have the know how to assemble this correctly, but why do you say repairs and servicing are going to be a problem? (It's an honest question).
Who says they will be a "problem"? They are just a fact of life. Bikes need ongoing servicing to function well. Cheaper parts often need more attention to keep them working well. Parts wear out and need to be replaced. Cheaper parts often wear out faster. Incorrectly installed parts work even worse and wear out even faster.
More bikes on the road means more work for bike mechanics.
Not a problem as Rob wrote: it brings cyclists into the shop for servicing and consumables.
In many ways getting people into cycling while avoiding bicycle shaped objects is a good thing.
For that price forget the service and just buy another bike.
And that is actually the problem, as it concerns hyperconsumerism and its terrible consequences to the planet and our survival.
I hope you are being facetious.
I hope you are being facetious.
My question is this, can the LBS survive not only the emergence of the On Line Bike Shop but the ALDI and no doubt other shops selling entry level bikes? I mentioned the ALDI road bike while one guy was stating that for every $300.00 spent at Wiggle etc another job was lost in Australia.
Yes, bikeshops can provide actual services instead of just marking up $300 on top of $300 wiggle prices
LBSs have evolved, those that didn't seem to have gone. I'm not sure that industry jobs are so few these days.
We have one shop gone and one anew in Springwood, who I shall visit today on account of breaking a spoke this morning. It carries fancier stock than the one which went.
We have one in Blaxland, both family and niche product, and a relatively new one in Wenty Falls which seems to thrive.
The bigger problem for the LBS in my mind is huge markups from the distributors in Oz. I can usually buy parts for less than the shops can. That makes a service based business a bit tricky.
I can usually buy parts for less than the shops can.
Add to that, if you ride a slightly unusual bike, the shops have to order the parts in, and I can normally get them delivered to my house faster than the LBS, and I can also get stock the LBS can't seem to.
I wonder is an LBS would ever consider having a consultancy arm. AKA I take a bike or bike part in, and they advise (for a fee) how to replace/ measure/ what with, then I go order the part and do it myself