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Old 12-11-05, 05:56 PM
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I'm not the guy to ask about buying a new bike. I ride an '83 Austro-Daimler and an '89 Raleigh. Maybe someday I'll get a new bike, but I really dig my "classics."

Bicycle manufacturers buy all the parts in bulk. Where a shifter costs you $10.00 at the LBS, the bike factory buys 25,000 of them at a time which drops the price to probably something like $1.50.

Thus, the whole bike is cheaper.
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