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Old 09-04-07, 10:34 PM
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I like to support my local bike shop but...

A lot of stuff at the local bike shops are priced too high. I picked up a few things and it added up to over $150 and seemed like I didn't get much. I got one of those finish line chain cleaners which they charged $30 for without any degreaser or lube included, $10 for some chain lube, $30 bucks for gloves, $3 for some little velcro thingy you put around pant leg, $25 for some little co2 pump, $11 insulated water bottle, $6 basic black water bottle cage, $20 mountain bike bar ends, and so on. Before I knew it it rang up at over $150. I was surprised a bit at what it cost for what I got. I guess I need to do more online shopping and use coupon codes and such.
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Yes, but how much of that are you going to replace anytime soon?
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Old 09-05-07, 01:31 AM
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Yes, but how much of that are you going to replace anytime soon?
Because that matters why?
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Old 09-05-07, 04:18 AM
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don't forget to factor in shipping and handling from shopping on line (even with the coupon codes) The hassle of not getting to touch and feel the product that you purchased, returning bad or unwanted stuff is a PITA via mail. Some things I do order via the internet, others I purchase from my LBS. FWIW I have been shopping at the same one for over 30 years and get a nice discount on all of my purchases, even special orders. I don't ask for it...but they are appreciative enough of my business to offer it to me. It is called a relationship. I have a wheel go bad on my MTB that I had purchased from them about 18 months after I bought it, they replaced it with another the same day. Try that with a mail order supplier...

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Been to the grocery lately. How about gasoline, ya bought any of that? Electric bills, ever heard of them.

Go ahead use your coupon codes and wait a week for your stuff that cost you a net 7% less. Then the next time your derailer takes a dump on you right before a Saturday ride you can use your coupon code again to wait another week to go riding next Saturday.

On second thought, you might want to consider taking up counted cross stitch, I understand that the craft stores have the floss on sale for $0.27.

Just sayin'.
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I understand that at times it is easier to just go to the bike shop and get what I need just so that I can actually see it in person or for things that I need right away. The shop has the same niterider hid light sitting there for a couple years now, I know because the box is ripped in the same spot, and they never lower the price. It could be had for over 100 bucks cheaper online, but that is different than buying chain lube and such. I guess I won't be replacing much of that stuff I bought right away so that makes me feel a bit better about the cost. I spent a lot of money at the shop over the last 3 years. I purchased a Specialized bike, helmet, camelback, clothing, and everything else you can think of there. The only thing I didn't buy there were HID lights because of their high cost. I guess I will just buy from the LBS when I need it in a hurry and anything that can wait I will look up online to see what savings can be had. Like I said I do like to support the local shop, but I don't like to throw money away either.
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