Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Riverview, MI
Bikes: flat bar road bike
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You may have to go out a little farther from your local bikeshops, though I'm unaware how many bike shops you've hit up, as you said "several" in "SW Missouri" and is quite vague. For specific help, perhaps someone in the regional section for Missouri could steer you in the right direction if you are really looking to buy a bike soon. http://www.bikeforums.net/forumdispl...ountain-Plains
What other posters said make sense but I know in terms of at least the type and quality of bike I was looking for in late 2007, I had to go to a local chain that was a 40 mile/ 50 minute drive from my house vs. the 3-5 bike shops within my more immediate area. It would probably help (as was the case with this chain) if it was in an area with a higher average income; this would probably translate to more selection.
I would save yourself some time and get at least a basic idea of what a bike shop has in stock if it's a considerable distance/trip by calling them up and asking what are the bikes in stock in the size you are looking for; the price range, brand, type of bike, any desired components on your bike, etc. It took me about a month or more to find a bike that I was happy with but I was in the market for a bike in the summer of '07 and purchased in the middle of August.
Another note: If bike selection within a reasonable driving distance is indeed very limited is that it may be a good idea to purchase other basic bike related items or clothing you could wear biking and save now as shops and online stores alike are clearing out their warehouses and inventory and good deals can be had. I've purchased some clothing for cooler and colder biking in the past few weeks (about 35-50 degrees), like a skull cap, balaclava, gloves, shoe covers, socks, pedals, and cycling shoes. I've come to enjoy biking and want to be able to ride longer throughout the year when the conditions are still comfortable for me.
Last edited by DTownDave22; 01-04-10 at 05:53 PM.