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Old 12-31-07, 09:13 PM   #1
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Is it better to buy a bike from a bike shop?

Hi, I'm looking to buy my first bike, entry level, in the $300-$400 range. I found this '07 Gary Fisher Wahoo at my lbs thats on sale for $360. Is that a good deal? Or is it better to buy a bike online like this one? http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/dawes/hay1500.htm

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Old 12-31-07, 09:17 PM   #2
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The fisher is a good deal.
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Old 12-31-07, 09:42 PM   #3
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You will have to assemble the bike yourself if you order it from bikesdirect unless you take it to the bike shop and pay them to do it. I would not advise a new mountain biker to purchase from an online retailer. You need to test ride the bike first and get one with a good fit for your body type. So with that I would advise you to go with a bike from the local bike shop. Have you tried other bikes out yet? Also check the stickys for the please read first faq section it can answer allot of your questions. Good luck and post pics when you get your bike.

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Unless you are saving over $100, the LBS is the way to go.

Beyond price, another LBS perk is actually having the ability to ride the bike.
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i would go to a bike shop if it's your first purchase. if it's a good shop, they will help you fit it and explain everything you need to know in order to have a postive experience. many shops also include free tune ups with a purchase and/or discounts on labor and accessories. build a relationship and it will pay off. while sometimes you can find better deals online, no living person is there to help you with any questions you may have...
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I think this is a personal choice with advantages on both sides. If you buy online or mail order, it's probably either because you're getting a better deal or your LBS doesn't have exactly what you want. If you absolutely must spend as little money as possible, this might be advisable. If you have to assemble, adjust, etc. the bike yourself, you may learn something, and/or you may enjoy that sort of thing. (I do. Working on bikes is enjoyable to me.)

If you buy from an LBS you may spend a bit more money, but you'll be establishing a relationship which can be very beneficial in the long run. If the people at your LBS are knowledgeable (most are) they can give you good advice. They will assemble and adjust your bike correctly. They may be willing to adjust the deal a little - swap a component or two, or throw in an accessory or two. Most shops will be willing to stand behind their product if you ever have problems.

You will also be supporting the local economy, and enhancing the chances that the bike shop will survive, which can be important. The LBS in the little town I live in was a branch of a larger shop in the bigger town next door. Some new owners bought the big shop and closed the little shop for economic reasons. It was a bummer!
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It's probably a better idea to go with the LBS. It can be a good thing to establish a good relationship with them for future bikes purchases and repairs. Plus, keep the local economy going.
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Old 01-02-08, 02:32 PM   #9
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I found a 2007 HardRock Sport for $330. Is it a better bike that the Wahoo?? I heard the frame is much stronger, but i'm only 120 pounds.
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I would go with the wahoo
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