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Old 03-17-05, 01:36 PM   #1
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Best price on a road bike??

Is there a website that will list the best price I can expect to get on a new road bike? I thought that they have one for cars, but don't recall ever seeing anything like that for bikes.

What prompted this is I'm looking for a bike for my wife. We looked at the Giant OCR3 and are going to look at the Trek 1000 next week. Well anyway there is a bike dealer in Wisconsin who is having a "Bike Expo" the second weekend of April, so I emailed them and asked "what kind a deal I could expect to get on the OCR3?". I've looked at the LBS in town, but they have it listed for $599(which is $1 less than Giant's MSRP). Anyway the guy from W&S said he could get me the bike for $499. I bought my road bike from this dealer and have had great service from them, so that 's not a problem. Of course I'm going to go into my LBS and give him the chance to match or come close to that price, but that got me thinking. If I can get almost 20% off with just an email there has got to be a lot of give in those prices.

Any ideas??
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Old 03-17-05, 02:00 PM   #2
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Don't trust low prices. Every new bike that gets to a dealer is two-plus hours of a very skilled mechanic's work from being a reasonably rideable machine. You can not trust the assembly work of any shop that is too eager to meet or beat a low price.
Buy from a store that has kept the same mechanics and assemblers for the longest time. You will benefit in the long run from looking beyond the bottom line.
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unless you can do the work yourself
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I would also be really skeptical of a shop that can offer a significant discount on a bike from the current model year. I've always been under the impression that LBS margins on bikes are pretty small, so they don't have much room to bargain. They make most of their profits on service, parts, clothing, and accessories. Many shops in my area give members of local clubs 10%-15% off on that stuff, but not on bikes. I sometimes see bikes from previous model years discounted.

The best site I've seen for comparing prices on cycling gear is www.qbike.com.
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Two Questions:

1. Can you do a tuneup?
2. Can you stress the wheels so they remain true?

A tuneup is not just putting the peddals on the cranks. I purchased a new bike from Ebay still in the box. Between the time I spent putting it all together, I could have afforded to buy new! I eventually sent it to an LBS for the wheels because you do not want to ride a new set of wheels that come right out of a big box.
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Just because a bike is full price and comes from a bike shop does not mean that they've performed all of this magical mojo. Trust me.

The last bike I bought through a dealer had the 12t cog on the rear cassette off kilter from the rest. It wasn't flush. The person that put it on either at the factory or at the shop didn't line it up according to the key on the freewheel body. A good mechanic or assembler should have caught this! It was also supposed to be an HG-70 but what I received was an HG-50. It could be that the assemblers at the factory just used whatever was handy or the assembler at the shop swapped them out.

I can also assure you they don't rebuild every wheel that comes out of the box. They just assemble the bikes. It's about a 30 minute job in most cases.

And the 30 day tune-up is a joke. Cable stretch = barrel adjustments. Real simple.

A lot superstition floating around out there.
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Which bike did your wife enjoy riding the most? Which bike fits her the best? Which shop is willing to take the time to make sure the bike is exactly her size? Which shop will give you the best service before the sale, after the sale, and if you ever need warranty service?

Those are issues that are more important than saving $100 on a bike. Lots of "bargain" bikes hanging in garages because they turned out not to be the right bike.
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Which bike did your wife enjoy riding the most? Which bike fits her the best? Which shop is willing to take the time to make sure the bike is exactly her size? Which shop will give you the best service before the sale, after the sale, and if you ever need warranty service?

Those are issues that are more important than saving $100 on a bike. Lots of "bargain" bikes hanging in garages because they turned out not to be the right bike.


Actually the shop that is willing to drop the price $100 is the shop with best service, before, during and after. It's the same shop I bought my bike from last year. The 2 LBS that are closest to my house didn't give me any service last year when I was looking for a bike. The first one didn't even want to do a fitting, and the 2nd couldn't find time to get back to me on my questions, then he told me 2 different prices with the second being even higher. So I drove 90 miles till I found the bike I wanted and someone who actually had time to help me out. I ended up getting a different bike than I went looking for and that was all the guy in the shop helping me out. So just because it's a small LBS doesn't mean you'll get good service. I have purchased tires, fenders, bags... from my LBS, but it wasn't the owner who was the one who helped. He does have some great employees though.
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