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    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

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    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.

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    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?

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    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.
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    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).
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    Welcome to Bike Forums, Sydchea91! Enjoy the ride!

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    There is a benefit to buying at a store because if you have any issues, the bike store can fix it.
    Great advice, CbadRider.
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    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.
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