The best place to buy a bike, bike components and accessories is the bike shop in your own neighborhood. But, sometimes, an LBS does not stock what you need, or does not want to bother with a "small" special order. That creates the need for mail order operations such as Nashbar and Performance.
But, I've noticed that most mail order places are orientated to "high mark-up" items. A great selection of Dura Ace stuff, but if you are looking for moderately priced components...
In March, "Cycling Plus" rated Shimano Taigra brake calipers as their "favorites", ranking the Tiagra calipers higher than Dura Ace and any of Campy brake calipers. But, Nashbar and Performance did not list the Tiagra calipers in their catalogs. Then, looking for bike locks, the same story. The $100 locks are easy to find mail order, but not the $25 locks.
While searching for who DOES sell Taigra calipers, I came across the website for Sunrise Cyclery. The Dura Ace calipers are $230 a pair, free shipping. The top rated Taigra calipers are just $50, free shipping. So, customers can save $180 by getting the Tiagra brake calipers
And, the top rated OnGuard Bulldog Mini U-lock, unavailable at most places, is "on sale" for $25, with free shipping. The widest selection of high quality bike locks I have seen anywhere.
So, Sunrise is an alternative to the guys who refuse to stock high quality, moderately priced bike components and accessories.
Has anyone any good (or bad) experences with Sunrise Cyclery to report to the Forum?
Two years ago, I bought some jerseys for my boyfriend for his birthday, and by the time I had to return them, it was quite a time later, and they took them back without a single complaint - in fact, they said that they just wanted their customers to be happy.
I'm looking to buy a Cateye CD300DW from them, so any other opinions would be appreciated!
EDIT!!! Ooops - I bought the jerseys from here:http://suncyclecenter.com Close, but no cigar... So, I have no idea how Sunrise is. I should just delete this entire post, since I have nothing to offer! Going away now...
Last edited by 3cannondales; 05-08-05 at 10:36 PM.
I just ordered a jersey from them about two weeks ago, and after a week the order status still hadn't changed from "waiting to ship." I finally called to ask what was up, and the lady said it was backordered. There was no indication on the order page, or in my order status, that it was backordered. The lady was nice, and their website is fairly nice, but this annoyed me.
I noticed that Sunrise has a "toll free" number for ordering, so it is possible to find out if something is "in stock" before placing an order. And, the website says they will not "charge" your credit card until the order is mailed.
I prefer buying everything I can at the LBS in my neighborhood, but it is nice to know that there is an alternative to the Nashbar/Performance operation. Especially an alternative that "stocks" affordable components, as opposed to the relentless "Buy Dura Ace" game played by so many others.