Hey all! I'm somewhat of a newbie to cycling... at least in that I'm buying my first real bike, and planning to log a lot of mileage. When I was younger (about 10 years ago) I had a mountain bike and I used to ride 30+ miles a day with friends since it was the only way we could get around and we liked to explore. Well, now I'm ready to get into road cycling and I've got myself all of the necessities... except one. A bike. And that leads me to my problem...
A week and a half ago I ordered a bike from bikes direct. Some seem to believe that the quality of the bike is not up to par with others. Well, I don't believe I'm going to notice much of a difference from one frame to the next due to my inexperience. I did want good components, however, since I always thought they were the most vital aspect of the bike.... and the most apt to frustrate me when they weren't working to my standards. Needless to say, as of today (9 days later), I still don't even think my bike has shipped. UPS still lists the status as "billing information received." So I sent an email yesterday to check on the status, got a reply today saying I'd get a message by the end of the day telling me what the status was. Once again... no response.
Last week the engine blew on my car, and I was looking forward to having transportation in the form of a bike to get me to school and back, do some shopping, etc. Now I'm just afraid that I've paid for something I won't see for another 2 weeks (if at all) and I will continue to be stranded at my apartment.
Has anyone had any experiences like mine with BD? If so, how long did it take to get it resolved, if at all? Am I just really unlucky?
I'm starting to get really discouraged here, and all I want to do is get on a bike and ride somewhere... like I've been wanting to do for the past month or so. Someone help me out here!