GI Joes was one of the place I stopped in when looking for a bicycle recently. Since it's been a long time since I rode a bike, I had a lot of questions about the new models and gear. Unfortunately, the staff at GI Joes was completely unhelpful. The guy who helped me had only one thing to say about which bike was right: that the standover height should be an inch under my crotch. After imparting this infomation, he left the area and that was the end of the question-asking. This was the Lynnwood store - the experience at the Northgate store was just the same.
Fortunately, there are a lot of good bike shops in the Seattle area, where the staff were much more helpful, and I ended up with the right bike for me.