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Old 12-25-08, 04:02 PM
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Unable to buy Trek bikes online?

Hi guys, I live in the Uk and in all the online bicycle shops I have visited I am unable to buy one online. They will ship to store only! But they dont have any stores in Northern Ireland!!! I especially wanted to get it in Evans cycles as they have 10% off everything! But can't

The bike i want is the Trek 7300 2009. Can anyone find a reputable store that sells it online and will mail it?

Why is it they don't ship them but do with the rest?

Many thanks guys!

O and happy xmas Trying to spend my xmas money
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Old 12-25-08, 04:36 PM
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Some bicycle manufactures are like that. It's how they protect there dealers. The only thing I can suggest if you want a Trek bicycle really bad is flying into New York, purchase one in the box, and fly back with it. Needless to say it's not a good way to buy a bike! Just select another brand that will ship to you.
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Old 12-25-08, 05:28 PM
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I was able to buy a Bianchi San Jose on online and have UPS ship it to my door. Some bike manufacturers do not allow you to buy it from a dealer online and have it shipped to you. I think that's a stupid policy. It wouldn't hurt a dealer's bottom line to ship a bike to a customer and it wouldn't hurt the bike manufacturer. Its not always possible for people to get a certain bike model in the store and they should be able to buy it online if they want.
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Old 12-25-08, 05:54 PM
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Trek, Cannondale and others require that you take delivery from an authorized dealer. Your only chance here will be if a dealer will ship it, as the Mfg's certainly won't do it directly. Their logic is that #1: It protects their dealer network and denies internet sales and 2: It's a protection from liability in that the LBS is on the hook for proper fit and assembly.

I know QBP requires a picture of the storefront to open an account even.

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Originally Posted by CCrew View Post

I know QBP requires a picture of the storefront to open an account even.

-Roger
I know more than one person who staged said photo to get wholesale pricing for online sales!

I work with Olympic supply anyhow. I second find a Trek dealer who will ship, if your heart is set on a Trek.
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Old 12-28-08, 11:49 AM
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How would it harm the manufacturer if the dealer shipped it over the Internet? It would still protect their dealer network and as for liability, there could be a release for it. Claims and returns can be handled like for any other merchandise bought online. Its not more difficult to sell bicycles online than its difficult to sell furniture. Bikesdirect has proven the online model can work.
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Old 12-28-08, 12:28 PM
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Instead of buying from a dealer online, perhaps buy it on eBay or something?
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Old 12-28-08, 01:36 PM
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Originally Posted by NormanF View Post
How would it harm the manufacturer if the dealer shipped it over the Internet? It would still protect their dealer network and as for liability, there could be a release for it. Claims and returns can be handled like for any other merchandise bought online. Its not more difficult to sell bicycles online than its difficult to sell furniture. Bikesdirect has proven the online model can work.
Because the dealer can't ship a complete bike without breaking it down. Once broken down it's at the vagaries of the recieving party if it's assembled correctly. I have a number of cycling friends that have no business with a wrench in their hands!

As to the release they're as worthless as the paper they're written on. I can get you to sign releases until you have writers cramp and that still can't protect me from a suit from your wife, daughter, etc when that bike you incorrectly assembled collapses under you at 25mph. You can't sign a release that releases *their* rights, and besides, the cost to litigate alone is the issue here if nothing else. How much profit you think I need to make to cover atty fees? We are in the USA here..
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Old 12-28-08, 01:58 PM
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Good points! I'm not good with a wrench. So I have a bike delivered to my LBS. It needs professional assembly and upgrading. You may be right about our living in a lawsuit-happy society and that's why most cyclists are punished because a few are going to abuse an online purchase...
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Old 12-28-08, 03:18 PM
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Well guys i have found a LBS and it sells treks So going tomorrow and all going well i'll be buying my bike!
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