Join Date: Jun 2014
Bikes: s-works FSR stumpy, custom Lynskey, Trek Madone
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Bike shops need to make a buck but I draw the line when they go over MSRP. Many make their money just like car dealers -- i.e. on the backside where they do service on bikes. For me, I don't really care about the free tuneups. If you feel comfortable with some light mechanical work and can watch youtube, it's easy. If you're not, that's ok too. There are many people that aren't into DIY, that's why the bike shop is there ;-).
If I were you, I'd go elsewhere. I went to Bike Source in Kansas City before I got my Giant Escape 1 and I test rode a '14 Sirrus Elite. MSRP was $820 and they were offering it for $735. The other thing is the service. If you feel comfortable with that LBS and like them, then perhaps the extra cost is worth it to you, only you can decide. For me, I'd walk away and find somewhere else to buy it if you must have that particular bike.