Old 07-06-10, 05:58 AM
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The idea to buy in Europe sounds intriguing but I would still opt to buy in the US. When you get to Europe you are going to be on a time limit and wont be able to do any test runs of the bike. Its very important to take a new bike on as many long rides as you can to get the fit, and components dialed in before you are sure its ready for the big tour. Also if you buy a European branded bike and bring it home you might not be able to get someone to service or warranty it should a problem arise. If you buy from a local LBS you will be starting a relationship that can potentially save you a lot of money down the line with good service and reliable advice.
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