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Old 01-31-10, 09:07 AM   #1
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Thinking of buying a new road bike

Went to the LBS yesterday and was very impressed by what seems to be an excellent entry level road bike: the 2010 Trek 1.1

Also, have been going back and forth in my mind about whether to buy off the internet or go to an LBS. The level of service I got yesterday convinced me that the latter would be the wisest, at least for me.
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If you are comfortable doing all work on your bike then the internet can be a good deal. But if you have to pay someone to assemble it (most people should go this route - BikesDirect even suggests it) and perform some maintenance, then you are paying more than just the purchase price... and that is service a good bike shop will do for free.

Also, of course, the fit of the bike is all important, and you can't try out an internet bike.
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If you are comfortable doing all work on your bike then the internet can be a good deal. But if you have to pay someone to assemble it (most people should go this route - BikesDirect even suggests it) and perform some maintenance, then you are paying more than just the purchase price... and that is service a good bike shop will do for free.

Also, of course, the fit of the bike is all important, and you can't try out an internet bike.
That is exactly the way I am looking at it. Although I somewhat enjoy working on my bikes and feel pretty sure I can assemble and tweak it properly there is that risk of not getting the bike I want without a trial ride. I was treated with as much consideration as if I had been looking at a higher end bike.

Also I was assured that if I let them know a day in advance they would set one up for me to take home (I live a few miles away) and test ride in my own neighborhood.
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Also I was assured that if I let them know a day in advance they would set one up for me to take home (I live a few miles away) and test ride in my own neighborhood.
This is called "value added". They would not be able to do this while charging BD prices.
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Can you even buy that bike on the internet?
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go with the LBS - eventually, you'll need to talk with them about SOMETHING, and buying your bike there is a great start. you can also hook up with group rides, etc.
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