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Old 03-20-17, 07:32 PM
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REI news

just found out that the REI 20% discount for the end of march has a new policy . . .


It will not be allowed to be applied to bicycles . . . .




just wanted to share.
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Old 03-20-17, 08:01 PM
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I believe that has been the policy for some time.
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Old 03-20-17, 11:17 PM
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Some changes are occurring this year with the 20% coupon and certain sale items. Generally at REI, coupons are not valid on bikes, boats, GPS stuff, and skis, boards, and boots. Thise items are often offered at clearance, though. The upcoming member sale used to have discounts on selected brands (Novara and Diamondback), but this year there will be no bikes on sale other than clearance bikes. I don't know if bikes will be on sale during the Anniversary Sale on Memorial Day - that's when most of the brands have been on sale in the past.
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Old 03-21-17, 10:20 AM
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Also, dividends hit.

https://www.rei.com/membership/dividend
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Old 03-21-17, 05:51 PM
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I've gotten my best bike deals there on "scratch & dent"garage sale stuff. New 24" K2 Mt. bike for one of the kids $25 that I had to put the chain back on. I bought my Radonee, it was returned, rear wheel had been replaced - didn't match and one small paint scratch. I offered them $500 and the manager accepted.
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Old 03-24-17, 06:45 PM
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The 20% coupon hasn't been able to be used on bikes for a few years now, but my local REI let me use it on my Randonee a couple years ago even though they weren't supposed to.

I got to this year's garage sale 5 minutes after it opened and the place was insane with people who had swarmed all over everything. Guess I'll have to be super early next year.
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Old 03-24-17, 09:08 PM
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Would you really want to buy a bike at REI, even with the discount?
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Old 03-24-17, 09:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Dirt Farmer View Post
Would you really want to buy a bike at REI, even with the discount?
Sure, why not? They sell bikes plenty of good bikes, and a fair number that are better than I've ever wanted or needed. Seriously considered the Gotham a few years ago.
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Old 03-24-17, 10:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Dirt Farmer View Post
Would you really want to buy a bike at REI, even with the discount?
Do you ask this from the perspective of whether anyone would want to buy a Scott, Ghost, Diamondback or Cannondale at REI? Or is this question more about debasing the house REI brand bikes?
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Old 03-25-17, 01:06 AM
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Would you really want to buy a bike at REI, even with the discount?
Yeah, I would, and have.
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Old 03-25-17, 10:04 AM
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Originally Posted by rickyk76 View Post
Do you ask this from the perspective of whether anyone would want to buy a Scott, Ghost, Diamondback or Cannondale at REI? Or is this question more about debasing the house REI brand bikes?
The latter.
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Old 03-25-17, 01:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Dirt Farmer View Post
The latter.
I see a lot of dedicated, year round, all weather commuters on Novara bikes. I don't understand the objection, I know REI had a few lawsuits because of them, but what brand hasn't?
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Old 03-25-17, 01:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Dirt Farmer View Post
The latter.
What specifically is inferior on the coop bikes when compared to alternatives at similar pricepoints? Its been my experience you will see more value instead of anything lacking.
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Originally Posted by kickstart View Post
I see a lot of dedicated, year round, all weather commuters on Novara bikes. I don't understand the objection, I know REI had a few lawsuits because of them, but what brand hasn't?
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What specifically is inferior on the coop bikes when compared to alternatives at similar pricepoints? Its been my experience you will see more value instead of anything lacking.
I took his response to be needlessly elitist.

I've been extremely happy with my Novara bikes. Sure, the Novara bikes have been considered entry level (I still consider myself a beginner), but they're spec'd well for their price points. And it looks like the future for the newly branded Co-op cycles is to get into the mid-level and higher end to compete with the bigger brand names.
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Old 03-25-17, 03:23 PM
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It's just the "Meh" factor. Perhaps the bikes are better than before.

This thread may (or may not) answer the questions.
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Old 03-25-17, 03:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Dirt Farmer View Post
The latter.
When you try to do something like that you should really know what you are talking about. REI has, among other things, good house-branded touring bikes.
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Old 03-25-17, 04:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Dirt Farmer View Post
It's just the "Meh" factor. Perhaps the bikes are better than before.
Didn't seem like there was anything wrong with them "before", and the "meh factor" is subjective. I would consider a Pinarello Dogma, or Specialized Roubaix "meh" bikes I wouldn't want even if they were free.
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Old 03-25-17, 11:52 PM
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When you try to do something like that you should really know what you are talking about. REI has, among other things, good house-branded touring bikes.
I agree. I ended a 12 year bike riding hiatus a few years ago when I bought a Novara Safari on "30% off" sale. It quickly became my favorite bike. I didn't care that it didn't have premium components because it was a comfortable and stable platform for longer rides.
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Old 03-26-17, 08:04 AM
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When you try to do something like that you should really know what you are talking about. REI has, among other things, good house-branded touring bikes.
Yes sir. (Hangs head in shame). I sincerely do apologize if I offended any fragile sensibilities.
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Old 03-26-17, 10:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Dirt Farmer View Post
Yes sir. (Hangs head in shame). I sincerely do apologize if I offended any fragile sensibilities.
I don't own any REI bikes. I was simply pointing out that they offer some good, house-branded bikes.

Your initial response in this thread and the above speaks volumes about your intent on this one.

Buh bye.

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Old 03-28-17, 10:44 AM
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Would you really want to buy a bike at REI, even with the discount?
Yes! The Novara Randonee has a very good reputation, and I got mine with the discount.

The runners up were the Trek 520 and the Bianchi Volpe (a very close second).

I've been very happy with the quality of the Randonee in the last year.
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