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    When you just can't find a dealer

    I'm interested in a manufacture who doesn't have any dealers in my country. I can easily buy the bicycle and have it shipped to me. What is not so easy is test riding the different models or frame sizes to see which suits me best.

    I have considered traveling to another country to make a few test rides, but the problems I keep running into are the dealer websites are in a foreign language, lack of information on what bikes are in store, nothing about their test ride policies, the majority of dealers don't even have websites and that list goes on. It seems like going out of my country to test ride could turn into an expensive nightmare with no results.

    In this kind of situation is contacting the manufacture or distributor direct helpful? I mean will they be able to help? It has been my experience in the past that manufactures and distributors usually pass you on to dealers.

    Anyone have any experience with this kind of situation. Or know anything about how the bike manufacture tends to handle these kind of situations?

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    What bike are you considering. Maybe someone on BF owns one and can give you their opinion.
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    I'm interested in a BMC road racer. I have spoken to a few people on the forum, and started a thread about it. I got super good reviews from everyone so far, according to what people are saying about their BMCs I should be riding this bike. The problem is my "fit" falls in between frame sizes, this was spoken at length in the thread I made so I won't go into it here. But I think I should test ride the frame before I buy it and have it shipped across the world.

    I wanted to keep this thread about what to do when you have "decided" on a bike but you can't get your hands on it to test it out before you buy. Maybe my options are forget about it or pick one and hope it's the right choice.

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    just out of curiosity--this won't be at all helpful to you--how did you settle on a bike you've never ridden and don't know much about? i understand being captivated on sight: I'm putting off buying a new car right now until the Mazda 2 and Fiat 500 come to the U.S., because I like Fiats and Mazdas. But I've owned those, so I know sort of what I'm getting into...especially with the Fiat.

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    Well I'm very interested in BMC's bikes ( maybe I should have said trying them out) but I haven't settled on this as of yet. I agree that one should ride the bike before they buy it. And I am considering to travel out of the country to find a dealer where I can test ride the frame I want.

    When I bought my Cannondale something like 8 years ago I didn't try it before I purchased it, I bought it based on price and a rough idea of what frame size should fit me. It was a little big but it hasn't been that bad of an experience. I have been riding the bike for 8 years.

    I of course became interested in BMC through the unique look of their bikes. I guess I'm looking mainly at BMC right now because it catches my eye the right way and the price is right. But I also really want to test the bike out before I spend any money on it.

    I guess you could say I putting off buying a BMC until I can test ride it, because I could have just ordered one already if I had wanted to.

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    Before traveling to test-ride one, make sure they stock it in the sizes you need to try. For a common brand, this wouldn't be an issue. For less-common brands, I found local dealers of various brands that do not stock a single sample of that brand- they're technically a dealer, but any purchase would still be special orders.
    "be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."

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    Yeah,
    Thanks that is good advice, I think I have decided that when this volcano sorts it's self out I will travel to England and test ride with Evans Cycles. They seem to be a big enough retailer that they can move in stock models around from shop to shop.

    But I will definitely email them and ask if they can have the bikes waiting for me to test at a certain store before I go through with traveling.

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