1. Introduction: First post... my name is Rudi. Trombonist starting Masters degree in NYC in a month and a half. Just starting to get into cycling via my roommate's free SS bike (old conversion)... and can't wait to buy my own! So, wat up bike snobs.
2. The actual topic: As stated, I'm moving to NYC for at least 2 years. I leave in about 5 weeks. My buddy recommends I buy a pre-assembled SS / fixie (since that's what I am interested in) at a LBS in NYC so that I can begin developing a relationship with said bike shop.
However, there are a number of LBS here in Sacramento that carry a few bikes that are really teasing me. The two that I've been particularly interested in are a '09 Raleigh Rush Hour and an '09 Schwinn Madison (great price on this one and I like the ride). Obviously, buying in Cali shows no real benefits other than I will get to have my bike NOW and start getting used to it...
I have the money and really want to buy a bike now. Transportation to NYC not an issue, I'm taking the train and they have bike lockers on it. But is my buddy right? Should I really wait to buy in NYC so that I can establish some sort of "connection" and have the limited service period or whatever with a LBS there in the Big Apple?