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View Poll Results: Where do you buy your cycling gear?
LBS Only 7 16.28%
Online exclusively 3 6.98%
LBS Mostly, but sometimes online 18 41.86%
Online Mostly, but LBS sometimes 14 32.56%
Wal-Mart Clearance rack 1 2.33%
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Old 06-13-05, 05:46 PM   #1
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Where do you buy cycling gear?

I've heard it stated before that even if its slightly higher, you should try to buy things from your LBS instead of online to help keep them alive as many are small and struggling.

What are your opinions?
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I always go to the lbs to see if I can afford their price first, but if I can't its not really something that I can help. If I want something and the price is that great a difference I go online cuz I don't have much extra cash to fling around.

My lbs always helps me keep the costs down when they can and I appreciate it. When I graduate in a couple years and have more money I know where I'll be going to get my new bike.
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Old 06-13-05, 07:23 PM   #3
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I buy online 90% of the time, mostly large things, because almost always shipping is cheaper than our 9.25% sales tax here in TN.. Yeah that may seem high but we don't have income tax like the rest of ya'll
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I thought there would be more responses....

I was really more interested how many agreed with the idea of paying a little more (if necessary) to support you local bike shop. It was something that somebody from another bike forum I used to hang out at told me.
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I generally buy at two local independent shops, occasionally the local REI, and rarely from internet dealers. The local shops are quite aware of the 'net and do not charge ridiculously higher prices, and I gladly pay a little more from the LBS because they are a source of knowledge and support. I needed that support because all I had while growing up was single speed bikes with coaster brakes, had not been on a bicyce since age 18 or so, and started riding again in 1998 in my late 30's. Edited to add: I am also quite aware that some discount dealers (of all kinds, not bicycle-related in particular) sometimes sell "seconds" and stuff which has not passed quality control inspections. I like to be able to handle and inspect things when I buy them.

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I like to support the LBS around town. I buy all my tools and get all my parts at the LBS, if I need a salsa chainring I'll get the LBS to order it instead of online.
BUT, I sometimes buy things online when prices are ridiculously low or can't find the item around town. Wool jerseys on sale online, knickers for 29 bucks, Brooks for 55 instead of the 80 the LBS charges.

I agree with the feelings of many about shopping locally supporting the vitality of communities, and have seen a few good LBS go away to the lament of area cyclists..
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I buy all of my stuff at work (IBD). The discount offsets the insulting paychecks.
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All of the above.

Walmart has crazy deals on wicking "athletic shirts" including technical tees and light weight stretch-fit underarmor type shirts. I commute in basketball shorts too, which I suppose I could get there cheap, but haven't.
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Oh my... I guess I'm the only one that buys stuff at walmart's clearance rack... hahaha...

No, seriously, I don't have any gear worth mentioning. Which wasn't on the options, so I would have to honestly say, I don't have any dedicated cycling gear.
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I usually buy from an LBS unless I really can't afford it. Most of the time I only buy when things go on clearance anyways so the prices are comparable to buying online and often times they're even cheaper. I once picked up three pairs of riding shorts for $10 each. They originally sold for $60. Other things to consider is whether or not I've had experience with that brand of clothing. If I have then I don't mind buying online. If I haven't then I would not purchase my first set online. This goes for most anything cycling-related that comes into direct contact with my body.
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One of my LBSs is a Performance, and that's where I buy all my cycling clothes, so I got to answer "LBS only"

My other (real) LBSs don't have a great selection of shorts. Maybe one brand in a few sizes, so I don't feel bad about buying shorts from Perf.
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They don't sell Plus Size women's (or men's for that matter) cycling clothes at my LBS, so I shop online. Of course, I do wear wicking basketball-style shirts instead of jerseys. $12 (shirts) vs $60 (jersey)? At this point, it's not worth the extra $48 for a zipper and a pocket since I have a seat bag. Once I can afford it, I'll most probably get a couple of jerseys, though. I desperately need more shorts and a pair of cycling shoes, though, and those purchases will definitely come first.
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They don't sell Plus Size women's (or men's for that matter) cycling clothes at my LBS, so I shop online. Of course, I do wear wicking basketball-style shirts instead of jerseys. $12 (shirts) vs $60 (jersey)? At this point, it's not worth the extra $48 for a zipper and a pocket since I have a seat bag. Once I can afford it, I'll most probably get a couple of jerseys, though. I desperately need more shorts and a pair of cycling shoes, though, and those purchases will definitely come first.
That's kind of where I am too. I buy most/all parts and tools from LBS, but clothes I buy online because I can't find anything my size at LBS.
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