At KGS Custom Bicycles, the summer is the slowest time of the year. We don’t have a big repair department since most of our clientele hails from afar. Most of our clients or potential clients are vacationing, busy with kids, or riding the bike they currently have. What is interesting, however is the Fall Rally, as we call it, or the people who thought it was too hot to ride in the summer, and by the time school starts, they ponder a new custom bike. Current lead times are typically about 3 months for a road bike and up to six months for a KGS / Parlee custom triathlon bicycle.
Universally, they discover something else, however. It is a two word phrase called “lead time”. For some reason, most people don’t factor in the lead time required to commission a true premium custom bicycle. The lead time is the one feature of buying bicycles at this level that is a real pain.
This is why this time of year, we spend a lot of time introducing our concepts to people and asking them to consider a trip to the studio for a BalancePoint™ session. We then have the data required to design a bike and can work remotely from this point on.
Here is the typical “positioning day trip” schedule for an individual who flys into San Antonio.
- Take the first flight into San Antonio. Kevin personally picks you up at the airport and drives you to the studio.
- You need to bring cycling clothing, shoes, and if your pedals or saddle are unusual, bring them too. At least we will have discussed this to know that when you arrive, we are ready for you.
- The actual positioning takes between 1 to 3 hours and so your time in the studio tends to be 2-4 hours. Plan on at least 5 hours before you need to be back at the airport, at least 60-90 minutes prior to your flight.
- Kevin will buy your lunch and whisk you back to the airport, so you have no car rental, plus no pain dealing with transportation.