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Old 09-11-10, 09:32 PM   #1
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What is the best on-line bike shop?

What is the best on-line bike shop?
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Old 09-12-10, 12:25 AM   #2
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Define best? service, prices, inventory, etc?

Being in the land down under, you'll likely have to pay an arm and leg for shipping from a shop from the US or even the EU.
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Define best? service, prices, inventory, etc?

Being in the land down under, you'll likely have to pay an arm and leg for shipping from a shop from the US or even the EU.
Inventory and website. I'd like to browse and see what's available in the USA. My past experience on non-cycling retail is that there are a lot more interesting things available in the USA. Also frequently I can import an item cheaper than I can buy it here (if I can buy it here). For some reason stuff can be very cheap in the USA. I was there is 1992 and recall buying about $12 worth of stuff at Auto-zone that would have cost me $100 in Australia. I have no idea why this is.

For example:- bottom of the range bike helmet in Australia cost $80. Weight is about 2 ozs? I could get a good one shipped out by USPS. Never even seen a Bell helmet in shops here.

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If you buy a bike from an online shop, how will you receive the dissembled bike? You'll have to bring it to your house and assemble by yourself. I wonder if any bike shop can receive the bike for you directly and assemble it for you?
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If you buy a bike from an on-line shop, how will you receive the dissembled bike? You'll have to bring it to your house and assemble by yourself. I wonder if any bike shop can receive the bike for you directly and assemble it for you?
Not going to buy a bike - already got two of them. Assembling sounds like fun though. Might consider it if I buy another one.
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there is a whole forum dedicated to this topic http://www.bikeforums.net/forumdispl...sumer-Feedback

but if you're new to this and just trying to find out whats out there...

nashbar
pricepoint
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Try having a look through this thread to see what other people liked:

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ted-businesses
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Inventory and website. I'd like to browse and see what's available in the USA. My past experience on non-cycling retail is that there are a lot more interesting things available in the USA. Also frequently I can import an item cheaper than I can buy it here (if I can buy it here). For some reason stuff can be very cheap in the USA. I was there is 1992 and recall buying about $12 worth of stuff at Auto-zone that would have cost me $100 in Australia. I have no idea why this is.

For example:- bottom of the range bike helmet in Australia cost $80. Weight is about 2 ozs? I could get a good one shipped out by USPS. Never even seen a Bell helmet in shops here.
Yes, prices here in Australia can be quite expensive ... but so can ordering anything from the US. Shipping costs from the US are very expensive. Rowan and I order our stuff from chainreactioncycles (UK), wiggle (UK), and torpedo7(NZ) because you can get items for good prices, with minimal/free shipping charges. I've been told that pbk (UK) sometimes has inexpensive/free shipping to Australia occasionally.

I'm not sure where you are in Australia, but I'm a bit surprised you haven't seen a Bell helmet in a shop. I was just looking at one in a shop in Shepparton VIC last weekend, and Shepparton isn't a large centre.
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If you buy a bike from an online shop, how will you receive the dissembled bike? You'll have to bring it to your house and assemble by yourself. I wonder if any bike shop can receive the bike for you directly and assemble it for you?
Not everyone needs a shop to assemble a bicycle. Rowan builds bicycles himself (as do lots of other people). He ordered his Merlin frame from a place in the UK, and then ordered all the components from various locations, and put it all together himself, including building the wheels. My frame came more locally from cyclingdeal, but Rowan built it with components from chainreactioncycles, wiggle, torpedo7 and several shops in the Melbourne area.

We're now in the early stages of a touring bicycle project ... we each want new touring bicycles. Right now the plan is to order frames from Thorn in the UK, and then build them up with components from here, there, and everywhere.
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I've been using Ribble Cycles UK. Inventory is excellent, prices are very good, the web site is laid out thoughtfully, and it includes pricing based on estimated currency exchange (including US and Aus.) On the other side, international shipping is a bit high, so I wait and order a bunch of stuff all at once two or three times a year.
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