Ok folks I am looking to buy two bikes for me and the other half. I have been to the Trek store about an hour twenty minutes from my house. I have also been to a LBS that can get the same bikes for me as they are a Trek dealer that is only 20 minutes from the house. Here is my issue do you buy from the Trek store because they are the major distributor in the area and can give some discounts when you first buy the bikes and accessories but if something happens you have that longer drive for service or do you pay a little bit more and go with the local guy that is going to give you great service as long as his shop is there? Oh yea by the way this is a family owned shop that has been around for the last 30 years or so.
We will be buying all the stuff we need to get started biking again as we have nothing. I order a hitch today from E-trailers that should be here by Friday and than off to a shop to get the two Trek 7300 and all the goodies we need to start riding. I mean this is more than I thought but not out of our budget for the rack, bikes, trunks and racks, helmets, water bottle, and saddles that a geometric correct for the back end.
Another thing is that my son and daughter in law will be buying bikes also and a trunk mount rack to get started biking also. I am thinking he wants a Trek 7200 and she is getting a Gary Fisher Wingra. They will most likely buy from the same store so we can try and get a better deal also.
Any thought or ideas would be of great help here as we are all newly returning to the sport of biking.