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Old 01-06-11, 09:53 PM   #1
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A new bicycle

Hello people,

I apologize if I'm posting this in the wrong section.

I'm looking to buy a bicycle from an online bike shop. I don't own a lot of stuff and I've never made a purchase online. I was wondering if anyone on here have any experience with buying bicycles online and from stores like bicyclebananas and leesbicycle shop. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-06-11, 09:58 PM   #2
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Do you have your frame size sorted, it's like buying shoes in that regard..

Thats where your local shop is a great advantage.
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Old 01-06-11, 10:07 PM   #3
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I do. My local bike shop and its staff are great! The only problem is that this bike sells at $300 less online.
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The problem with using local bike shop services (seeing the bike in person, having the right size determined, talking to the "great" staff) and then buying the bike online is, your local bike shop will be out of business soon. Of course the online shop is cheaper, they don't provide any of the services you just used.

Ask the bike shop if they're willing to reduce their price a bit, maybe ask for tune-up etc. Whatever difference remains, consider it as a price for their services.

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I do. My local bike shop and its staff are great! The only problem is that this bike sells at $300 less online.
You now know your frame size, you found a bike you like, you've found it at the best price, what's the problem? 300 bucks difference? heck, I'd buy it online without hesitation. Even if you didn't have access to a bike shop and paid someone who knew about bikes a professional fee of $300 to do the shopping for you you'd still break even while getting the sort of personal service that no bike shop could ever afford to give you. Bottom line, having a bike shop nearby is not worth a $300 premium on a bike purchase, not even close, IMO.
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Old 01-07-11, 09:34 AM   #6
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Well Juha, I would certainly feel miserable knowing that I'm putting someone out of business. However, their prices are placed well over suggested MRAP and being a student my pockets wouldn't be able to sustain that kind of stress. Besides, the bike fitting service was a comodity that I gladly purchased, so I think I've paid my dues to them. Also, I admire your advocacy for local bike shops and if the times were different, I'd take your advice. Kudos to you Juha.
Cyclaholic, the only reason I'm hesitant is because I dunno anything about these two online bike shops. I'm afraid if they would send me a damaged bicycle and not willing to do refund, in which case I'd rather go to craigslist or ebay and purchase used bike.

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Besides, the bike fitting service was a comodity that I gladly purchased, so I think I've paid my dues to them.
In that case I agree, and no offense intended. I'm glad this isn't one of the "tried the jacket on for a fit, then ordered it from the 'Net" threads.

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Can the fitting session cost be rolled (pun not intended ) into a bike purchase?
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Are you prepared to assemble the bike? and do the adjustments that are necessary? If you have the tools and knowledge then no problem, otherwise go to the bike shop. If you lived in my area, you should be able to negotiate a good deal on 2010 model bike. Maybe even on a new bike but I haven't tried that.
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