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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 3:41 pm 
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Whenever I have a repair, wheel build, etc that needs to be done, I bring a six pack of Duvel or Stella to thank the mechanic. Its a cheap way of saying thank you.
Yesterday i did the same and was miffed because I didn't even get a thank you when I dropped it off. I guess it was a conditional gift and I need to give without expectations. Just ranting a bit.
Do you ever butter up your mechanics?


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I do the same (well technically my dad because of my age) but I think this is a tradition for good mechanics, that sucks he didn't thank you last time though!


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coloclimber wrote:
Whenever I have a repair, wheel build, etc that needs to be done, I bring a six pack of Duvel or Stella to thank the mechanic. Its a cheap way of saying thank you.
Yesterday i did the same and was miffed because I didn't even get a thank you when I dropped it off. I guess it was a conditional gift and I need to give without expectations. Just ranting a bit.
Do you ever butter up your mechanics?


Who do you go to? I regularly bring beer to the guys @ Vecchio's as Peter and Sean always take care of me and the juniors I coach. Peter really helped me out when I got hit by a car a few years ago, both with the insurance issues and just talking to me about it (as he'd been hit from behind previously).

when I work on friend's bikes (rarer and rarer these days), the payment is beer, and pizza for more extensive work. Usually they hang out in the garage with me, watching me work on their steed. :)

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Guys bring me beer for wheel repairs, broken spokes and straightening all the time.........Thats why I'm 8 kgs from my race weight!
I think its all part of an elaborate plan to slow me down some more :wink: :lol:

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mechanics? you guys have mechanics?


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I do all my own work plus I'm a home brewer so I make myself beer!

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biscuits, they all love biscuits.

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My guys would probably be fired for having beer in the shop (and I don't know if they are even 21) so I usually tip them enough to buy some lunch......or beer if they want. :beerchug:

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We call it "chain lube" but I think its a great custom. Developing a relationship with your mech/bikeshop is very important. They will look after your interests and often provide service far beyond what others recieve. They will go out of the way to help me with my P.I.A. requests. Its not just the beer IMO but showing respect to those that often get little. I sometimes take them to lunch as well.

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I once asked a mechanic what he drinks so I could properly thank him (its usually some exotic micro brew or Belgian beer) and he said Miller High Life.

It was actually harder to find than micro brews at the liquor store.

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I do most wrenching myself- but wheel builds are another story.


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i take mine hot java lava coffee. they love it!!
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Juanmoretime wrote:
I do all my own work plus I'm a home brewer so I make myself beer!

John, you drink beer?

It's a nice custom. Bringing Duvel is a really nice touch!

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Yeah I give them beer. But after there work. :lol:


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zakeen wrote:
Yeah I give them beer. But after there work. :lol:

hey, zakeen: now I'll have to buy you two beers if I see you in Prague next May.

(If you wear your brand new national colors jersey, I'll make it champagne.)

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Isn't there a law against WW's drinking or even being in the presence
of Beer? :wink: Bring me Duvel & I'll swear I'm a great mechanic!


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