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Old 09-05-09, 07:46 AM
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Where is the best online site for buying bicycle parts?

I used to buy a lot of parts from Nashbar, but their variety is getting thin ans I am getting tired of their inflated prices and then "Big Sales".

Where is the best place to buy bicycle parts online these days?
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I use used Ebikestop for a nice set of wheels and Harris for some small parts. but for it mostly simple who has what I want and need.

and of course there is always your bike shop mine actually gave me something for free yesterday. but then again that part had not seen the light of day in 10 years LOL
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This question will receive a variety of answers. I tend to buy from where I can find what I need at the best price or from somewhere close by that can ship the items quickly for a reasonable price. This is my go-to list of shops. If I can't find what I need here, I go to Google.

www.speedgoat.com (good selection, good prices on the other side of PA from me)
www.universalcycles.com (great selection, good prices but great prices with their VIP discount on bigger orders, LOTS of wheel building supplies)
www.niagaracycle.com (lots of cheap stuff for fixing up my Ebay finds mixed in with great prices on some nice parts if they happen to carry what I need, close by in New York)

I've also used Ebikestop, Greenfish Sports, Colorado Cyclist (occasional good sale on nice clothing), Beyond Bikes, and probably more. I can't really complain about the service from any of them.
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Jenson USA (www.jensonusa.com) is often very good on price. They tend to be MTB-heavy but have a good selection of road components too.

Licktons (www.lickbike.com) has very good prices for higher line, particularly Campy, components.

Colorado Cyclist is limited to top-of-the-line components (Dura Ace and Ultegra or Record and Chorus only for example) but their complete build kits can be very attractively priced.
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Originally Posted by mike View Post
I used to buy a lot of parts from Nashbar, but their variety is getting thin ans I am getting tired of their inflated prices and then "Big Sales".

Where is the best place to buy bicycle parts online these days?
There is no one best place and there never will be.
No one carries all bike products;
No one has the best prices for every product they carry.

I use Google to find who carries a particular product I want,
then try the Google "shopping" option to find the best prices.
The "shopping" feature is not 100% reliable.

Just looking over my records for the past 9 months shows I have purchased bike-related items from:

https://aebike.com/
https://www.bikeman.com/
https://www.bikemania.biz/
https://www.bikeparts.com/
https://www.biketoolsetc.com/
https://www.cambriabike.com/
https://www.ebay.com/
https://www.ebikestop.com/
https://www.kucharik.com/
https://www.lickbike.com/
https://www.nashbar.com/
https://www.performancebike.com/
https://www.rei.com/
https://www.velo-orange.com/
https://www.wallbike.com/

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Like they say, there's no "one place". A couple of others I've gotten stuff from lately:

https://www.loosescrews.com/index.cgi nice selection of "obsolete" parts.
https://www.pricepoint.com/ another MTB-heavy site, amazing deals from time to time.
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One thing to watch for, the shipping costs can wipe out a lot of savings if you order from multiple sources attempting to cherry-pick the best price on individual items. Be sure you aren't paying more in extra shipping than the cost difference between two sellers.
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Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
One thing to watch for, the shipping costs can wipe out a lot of savings if you order from multiple sources attempting to cherry-pick the best price on individual items. Be sure you aren't paying more in extra shipping than the cost difference between two sellers.
Funny thing that happened once:

I needed 3 different specialty batteries.
I found all three on Amazon, then put them in my "cart".
When I started to check out, I gulped when I saw the shipping was TWICE the cost of the batteries.
Further examination revealed they were in fact coming from THREE different merchants,
which meant THREE separate shipping charges.

I went off searching for alternatives, and found a single online vendor who had all 3 batteries.
Their prices were much higher than Amazon, but because there a single shipping charge,
the total cost was much lower.
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Bad experiences that have me cross a shop off my list include-
Retailers that have a website that offers a product, indicating it's in stock when it's not. They allow you to order it and wait for weeks for it to arrive leaving you in the dark. When you contact them, only THEN do they inform you it's back ordered. They're unwilling to be honest upfront because they figure a certain percentage of customers will just wait for months without asking questions.
Retailers who have a three, four, or five day "processing" period. If Harris can process an order in mere hours, have instant information on the stocking status of an order, and give accurage shipping estimates, why can't others?

I've done a TON of online shopping and have done business with most of the major retailers as well as a lot of the smaller ones. I'll back up the other recommendations for three sources which seem to consistently offer good prices, good selection, and reliable, quick shipping-
ebikestop.com
harriscyclery.com
Lickbike.com
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www.biketiresdirect.com They sell a lot more than tires.
You can also use BestBikeBuys or QBike to find the best prices on whatever you're looking for.
Here are a few more that have good deals.
https://www.gottaridebikes.com/
https://www.bikeman.com/
https://www.bikingthings.com/index.html
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I quite like Wiggle for European stuff, since it is out of the UK it has better exchange rates on stuff from Europe, free shipping if you spend so much too.
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Originally Posted by vredstein View Post
Bad experiences that have me cross a shop off my list include-
Retailers that have a website that offers a product, indicating it's in stock when it's not. They allow you to order it and wait for weeks for it to arrive leaving you in the dark. When you contact them, only THEN do they inform you it's back ordered. They're unwilling to be honest upfront because they figure a certain percentage of customers will just wait for months without asking questions.
Retailers who have a three, four, or five day "processing" period. If Harris can process an order in mere hours, have instant information on the stocking status of an order, and give accurage shipping estimates, why can't others?
Sounds like you're describing Niagara Cycle
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Sometimes you need a specialty item and you gotta take it where you can find it -- but for about the past year and a half, my go-to place is Universal Cycles. Best overall selection, good website in terms of being able to see good pics of everything and it tells how many units of each item they have in stock in either of their two distribution centers, pretty good on having the stuff in-stock, and very good prices. They pretty much always have a deal going where if you order $100+, you can enter VIP10 as a coupon code and get 10% off, and VIP15 gets you 15% off a $300+ order.
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Harris gets my business because of Sheldon Brown's valuable information.

Just got a pair of really nice touring wheels from them at a great price... and I'm totally pleased.
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Sounds like you're describing Niagara Cycle
Beyond Bikes did something similar to me, however, after sending a single email they immediately responded. They immediately shipped all of my order that was in stock and then shipped the two out of stock items for free as they became available.

The one time Niagara Cycle delayed my order because of an out of stock item, they allowed me to swap that item out for another to get my order shipped sooner.

I can't really complain in either situation.
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Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
Jenson USA (www.jensonusa.com) is often very good on price. They tend to be MTB-heavy but have a good selection of road components too.

Licktons (www.lickbike.com) has very good prices for higher line, particularly Campy, components.

Colorado Cyclist is limited to top-of-the-line components (Dura Ace and Ultegra or Record and Chorus only for example) but their complete build kits can be very attractively priced.
+1 Lickton's is great, but they generally don't sell much below centaur/Ultegra level components (they are my LBS)

+1 Jenson, fast shipping, very good prices.
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Actually, I've had good experience with Niagara Cycle. They had a great selection and great prices. Their shipping was a bit slow. I can't remember if it was a processing delay, a back order issue, or the fact that they're located clear across the country. If I wanted a part, wasn't in a hurry, but wanted to get the best deal, they're a decent source.
Harbor Country Bike was a prime offender.
I like to build wheels and I've had problems with dealers like Prowheelbuilder.com. They'd take my money, not have the item, say nothing, offer no communication, and wait for me to complain before they ever tell me they don't have the item. Seems like for many wheelbuilding sites, if you're not purchasing a full wheelset, but just ordering parts for your own build, they don't want to waste their time with you.
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mike,

since you are in the midwest, i would recommend jensonusa.com. almost everything ships out of minnesota, so you will get your parts very quickly at a great price. to me, shipping is the most important aspect (along w price), as i am very impatient.
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Originally Posted by vredstein View Post
I like to build wheels and I've had problems with dealers like Prowheelbuilder.com. They'd take my money, not have the item, say nothing, offer no communication, and wait for me to complain before they ever tell me they don't have the item. Seems like for many wheelbuilding sites, if you're not purchasing a full wheelset, but just ordering parts for your own build, they don't want to waste their time with you.
I don't know what kind of deals you can get through Prowheelbuilder but Universal Cycles has carried everything I've needed for my wheel builds (tons of spoke, rim, and hub options) and all at a very good price especially after the VIP discount. with their new Midwest warehouse, their shipping to anywhere in the country should be pretty quick.
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Actually, I've had good experience with Niagara Cycle.
I can't say the same thing. I bought something they advertised, and they never delivered, and never answered emails.. UNTIL I filed a dispute. Then they still wouldn't make it good and didn't want to do the refund. Got my $ back but they tied up several hundred dollars for going on 2 months. That was my first and only time dealing with them.
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I've ordered at least 100 times from Niagara. Only annoyance was their slow shipping time. But they are much quicker now. I will order from them again.
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I've used most of the other retailers described, but I've had really good luck with Tree Fort Bikes (www.treefortbikes.com). Shipping is fast, there is a large selection of products, and if you call in the staff is really friendly and knowledgable. They also have awesome reviews at resellerratings.com and mtbr.com.
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TreeFort is very good. I've always gotten excellent service and they go that extra yard for you.

Ben's Cycle in Milwaukee, WI is great, too.

https://www.benscycle.net/
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I've ordered at least 100 times from Niagara. Only annoyance was their slow shipping time. But they are much quicker now. I will order from them again.
Hi Panthers007 -

I have been ordering from Niagara lately -and I cannot imagine how they could have been any slower.

Consequently, I am looking for another on-line store, but some do not even LIST 27" road tires - (a frequently ordered item for me) - so I have a choice of an interminable wait with Niagara, or slightly higher prices and less selection elsewhere.

Personally I'd rather pay a little more - if I could receive it in the same century, and get exactly the items I want.
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Originally Posted by auchencrow View Post
Hi Panthers007 -

I have been ordering from Niagara lately -and I cannot imagine how they could have been any slower.

Consequently, I am looking for another on-line store, but some do not even LIST 27" road tires - (a frequently ordered item for me) - so I have a choice of an interminable wait with Niagara, or slightly higher prices and less selection elsewhere.

Personally I'd rather pay a little more - if I could receive it in the same century, and get exactly the items I want.
Universal Cycles has a decent selection of 27" tires: https://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...?category=1745

when Niagara actually stocks the items that have been ordered, they ship very quickly. If it's not stocked, there's definitely a considerable wait. I factor that in whenever I'm deciding where to order my parts from.
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