Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Introductions Welcome to the BikeForums community! Please introduce yourself to other forum members here.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-16-11, 08:28 PM   #1
Sydchea91
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Bikes:
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Introduction!

Hey everyone!,

My name is Syd and I am just getting into biking, and am wondering if anyone has any tips on buying a road bike. Should I buy online or should I go to an actual store. I have researched enough information to know the basics of buying a road bike but am wondering if I could get road bikes cheaper online? Any feedback would be awesome!

thanks!

Syd
Sydchea91 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-11, 08:35 PM   #2
GeoBigJon 
Cactus Hobbit
 
GeoBigJon's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Sonora, Texas
Bikes: Specialized Sirrus Elite Disc, Specialized Roubaix Expert
Posts: 1,659
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Howdy and welcome to the forums! I would go to a bike shop and test ride some, get a feel for what you like and have it sized for you.
GeoBigJon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-11, 08:42 PM   #3
Sydchea91
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Bikes:
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
If I do go to the store and pick one out and get a proper size, is it beneficial to find the bike on-line and purchase it there instead? I have heard that you can get most items cheaper online so this is why I ask. Is this a common method of purchase for experienced bikers?
Sydchea91 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-11, 09:50 PM   #4
CbadRider
Administrator
 
CbadRider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: On the bridge with Picard
Bikes: Specialized Allez, Specialized Sirrus
Posts: 5,962
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
There is a benefit to buying at a store because if you have any issues, the bike store can fix it. Most stores will give you a free bike tune up after you've ridden the bike for a couple of weeks. They make adjustments to cables and things that might stretch after first use. They can also help fit you to your bike and make small adjustments that will make riding more comfortable.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xerum 525 View Post
Now get on your cheap bike and give me a double century. You walking can of Crisco!!

Forum Guidelines *click here*
CbadRider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-11, 05:48 AM   #5
Grasschoppette
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Bikes: Specialized Ruby, Specialized Sirrus
Posts: 58
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Hi and welcome to the forums. It really is best to go to your local store if you don't know much about it...well that is assuming you have a good local store, some aren't any better than buying online other than you can go there and complain face to face when something is wrong. We have a good LBS and they did a fantastic job of getting me fit on my first road bike here about a month ago. Swapped the saddle, bars and stem all to get the correct fit, you won't find that online...but you do pay a bit more for it. Well worth it in my opinion. Then of course there is the benefit of helping the little guy stay open...this is god for you because you won't then have to order tubes over the net when you get a flat and all of the little local shops are out of business (could happen some day).
Grasschoppette is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-11, 09:01 AM   #6
Honest Canadian
Honest Is My First Name
 
Honest Canadian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: T-Dot
Bikes:
Posts: 69
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Welcome to Bike Forums, Sydchea91! Enjoy the ride!

Quote:
Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
There is a benefit to buying at a store because if you have any issues, the bike store can fix it.
Great advice, CbadRider.
Honest Canadian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-11, 09:07 AM   #7
10 Wheels
Galveston County Texas
 
10 Wheels's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: In The Wind
Bikes: 2010 Expedition, 03 GTO
Posts: 30,119
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 400 Post(s)
A friendly bike shop can help you with quick adjustments and answers to questions.

They will also be helpful when warranty work is needed to get you back on the road.
__________________
[SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jfcWEkSrI
10 Wheels is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:04 AM.