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    What Online Component Store Has The Best Prices?

    Man I am living in California and after shipping and 10 % sales tax I am getting soaked with places like Performace and Nashbar. PBK is out of stock on almost everything. Any ideas?

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    I like Lickton's Cycle City for highish end stuff:

    www.lickbike.com

    They're nice guys (I've visited their shop in Oak Park, IL, personally and have also talked with them on the phone a few times) and have great prices.

    Often, for other stuff, I use:

    www.ebikestop.com

    YMMV.

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    There is no one good place with the lowest price on everything.

    A good comparison shopping guide is: http://www.bestwebbuys.com/bikes/index.cfm

    I live is So Cal, so if speed is of the essence, I like JensonUSA, Cambria Bike Outfitters, Pricepoint, Blue Sky, Beyond Bikes. With these places, the items usually arrive in a day, with standard ground shipping. Note, most places "pricematch", so if you find a lower price, most likely they'll meet or beat.

    For out of state (ie no tax), I like Western Bike Works, Universal Cycles, both in Oregon. Again, they'll pricematch, no CA sales tax, but items take a few days to arrive. I just ordered from Western Bike Works and they did not charge shipping (might not charge for orders > $100, not sure of their policy).

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    www.spadout.com is a great comparison site.

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    Lately I have been getting very good prices for top of the line stuff on ebay.

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    Ben's Cycle has an expansive array of stuff - including somethings that nobody carries anymore. Low prices and very pleasant to deal with:

    http://www.benscycle.net/
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    Check Chain Reaction Cycles.

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Default.aspx

    Thery're over in Ireland believe it or not. Set your currency on their site. They have excellent service and stock and ship free on many things.

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    universalcycles.com

    they're in portland, or - so no sales tax for anyone, shipping is quick as they're close to CA. Their prices are great and they offer 10 and 15% off coupons every month depending on the size of your order.

    I've used them for the last few years and they're fantastic. They build a great set of wheels too.

    they've got my business and my vote

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    Basically what I do is check the current prices at the shops that list them - then I take my pick. I chose well established outfits - not Vinnie's trunk off Exit 3 in New Jersey. I've always been pleased with the prices I find. I once found my Ultegra Hollowtech II triple crankset - FC-6603 - at Jenson for $160. That pushed my crankset upgrade into high gear. Now I see them for only $159.95.

    Another very good shop that goes the extra mile for you is Tree Fort Bikes:

    http://www.treefortbikes.com/

    Very fast shipping with a personal touch. I always check prices with them. If I find a slightly lower price than Tree Fort, I'll order from them anyways. Good to keep them courteous, helpful, and going that extra distance.
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    I'll second Lickton's. They do mostly road stuff, so if that works for you it's a genuine old-school shop with knowledgeable people to talk to, not just phone jockeys.

    But hey, the days of shopping at one great online shop are gone. Everyone offers something for a great deal, so you really need to shop around if you're after the absolute lowest price.

    But, price isn't everything. Read the fine print of shipping, tax and returns. Some places will not accept returns or exchanges if a part is installed. Some charge a fee for returning any item too. Just know what you're agreeing to when you shop wherever, it's the number one retail mistake people make . . . not reading the store policies!

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    Over time I've probably ordered from many of the places mentioned. Generally I'm not in a rush, don't live in a state with a major e-vendor, so sales tax is not charged. What with discount e-coupons and constantly changing prices, it pays to shop around.

    Most places will price match, but I don't do it often. I figure that the company offering the lowest price usually deserves the business. Besides, often the price match requires making a telephone call, when I prefer to do my shopping over the internet.

    Performance prices are often out of line and their shipping is expensive. Having said that, I have dealt with them for years and they're pretty reliable for shipping and returns. Their frequent discount e-coupons often simply bring their prices into line with other e-tailers.

    I might have missed them in the firms listed above, but Excel Sports has been excellent to deal with. Their stock is much more comprehensive than Licktons or Performance, for example. Performance shipping prices are annoying; I like the Licktons approach.

    I've also dealt with specialty shops -- Peter White Cycles for lighting; vigorousliving.com for nutrition; Hammer Nutrition; Specialized for tires ... I'd have to check my credit card bills to remember them all. I found vigorousliving when checking prices on the carb-boom gels that I prefer -- roughly $16 for 24 vs $24+. It takes time to search out best prices, but well worth it.
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    qbike.com, another comparison site. not 100% accurate and doesn't have all the shops listed, but generally pretty decent.
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    niagaracycleworks ultra cheap prices and biketoolsetc

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    Just a note that the recent (last month) Performance site revamp still has a lot of bugs in it (and feature downgrades!), so be very careful there. They really did a hack job of it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMF View Post
    Wow, good and easy to use!

    Thanks for the link.

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    +10 for the person who mentioned BikeToolsEtc. Every cyclist/mechanic should have them at the top of their Favorites list:

    http://www.biketoolsetc.com/index.cg...main&m=top_ten
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    Quote Originally Posted by jchabalk View Post
    universalcycles.com

    they're in portland, or - so no sales tax for anyone, shipping is quick as they're close to CA. Their prices are great and they offer 10 and 15% off coupons every month depending on the size of your order.

    I've used them for the last few years and they're fantastic. They build a great set of wheels too.

    they've got my business and my vote
    They've done well for me, too. I can order from them online and then pick up on the way home- they're about 10 minutes from work.

    And another vote for Bike Tools Etc.. They have odd parts- which I like 'cause normal is boring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmcanulty View Post
    niagaracycleworks ultra cheap prices and biketoolsetc
    +1

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