I’m new to cycling and have only dealt with my LBS.
It’s shocking to hear some of the feedback in this thread as my experience has been completely different.
When a bike launches (e.g. Roubaix) they will have a demo day/group ride in which you can try the different bikes in the range.
They keep a demo fleet of new models, size 49-61, sport/expert/comp and pro models all available to rent ($45 per day that goes towards purchase of bike).
Test rides…if you want to take it for a spin around town, just drop a CC, ID and have a member of staff ride with you.
Even during the pandemic, I’ve test rode 5 bikes (Diverge 2022, Tarmac Pro, Creo and a few Roubaix).
Now they did mention they had to wipe them down or whatever covid precautions.
I guess I’ve been lucky as my LBS has been amazing. Reading these comments makes me appreciate them that much more.