Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Montréal (Québec)
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I agree with previous poster. With $300, the only decent bikes you will get are hybrids (and there are a few good ones in the lot).... and second hand bikes.
Here, you might get a deal (nothing fantastic, by the way), if there are changes between bike years, like going from 8-speed to 9-speed.
When I shopped for a bike 2 years ago, I found, however, that:
- Many stores close for Winter. Since I cycle year round, I don't feel comfortable shopping in a place that stops talking bikes in late August.
- I enjoyed a more relaxed environment, because very few people were in the stores.
- I had better service because of that, (and maybe because I was served by a senior knowledgeable employee).
- It was fairly easy to negociate bike improvements. They replaced the road drivetrain with a compact chainset for a minimal cost.