Build a relationship with your cycle shop

Last week, Fred stupidly reversed over his bike while it was in the garage. Just imagine this: a huge Hummer vs. a tiny Merida bike…the winner is very obvious. Anyhow, Fred was rather upset about it because we had our annual ‘best friends’ race on Saturday, and at this stage, his bike was beyond repair – it looked more like a Transformer robot stuck in a sad morphing stage! 

After wiping the tears from his eyes and the snot from his lip, he took out the phone and called his local cycling shop. In an unexpected turn in the Era of Bad Customer Service, the store managed to organise him a similar bike (and set up too) in just 24 hours! Fred couldn’t believe the amount of effort the guys put into helping him and in such record time.

Needless to say, Fred managed to make the event and even grabbed second place, just a couple of seconds behind me…the champion!

Kids, the moral of the story is that connections are really important. Remember these key points which will help you build a better rapport with your cycling shop:

  • Visit regularly, even if it’s just to buy a magazine or stupid accessories for your bike.
  • Make sure they know about your set up.
  • Ask for their advice.
  • Support them. At the end of the day, one hand washes the other. 
  • Friendliness goes a long way!

Bandaged Jack

WWE Cycling Helmet

A while ago, I mentioned that I was looking for a Scooby Doo bike for my eldest son, Michael, and couldn’t find one in South Africa. Well, this weekend, Hubby and I decided to take him to Toyzone to pick out a bike.

As expected, he ended up lost in the action figure section and we couldn’t drag him away without putting a Transformer toy in the shopping basket. However, it was in this section that I saw the cutest accessory for children – a red WWE themed cycling helmet.

hulkhoganMichael went nuts when he saw it and started doing some weird impersonation of a wrestler by shaking his hand in front of his face and saying, “You can’t see me!”

I replied, “You’re right in front of me, dear. I can see you!”

We ended up buying the helmet and a little blue bike for him. Hopefully, the cycling helmet is safe. After seeing all the wrestling carnage on TV, I assumed that they probably used a chair-shot as a testing basis for all their products, so it must be pretty solid.

Oh yes, and just to prove that boys never grow up – Hubby also came home with a new Formula 1 model car. Sigh.

Wendy The Mom