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Old 05-17-08, 01:59 PM
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LBS vs Bikesdirect for starter bike

This thread was not started with the intent to place superiority of each different avenue of bike purchasing (LBS vs Bikesdirect vs ebay) over the other. It is simply my story, with what I think is a happy ending.

I have always been interested in joining the road bike community and finally after putting on a few pounds I decided it was time.

As I began my search, it was evident that bikesdirect has a presence within the internet community. I read many reviews and did the research necessary to learn about their products. As I read through this forum, and many others, I was surprised by the consitently repeated statement "support your LBS". I had never gone to the local bike shop before (only because wal-mart doesn't count) and always considered them to be quite expensive.

After looking at many different online bike shop prices, with only pick up options instead of shipping, I decided to go with bikesdirect for my first road bike. Of course I know they purchased the company names displayed on their products, but it appeared that there was decent quality hidden under those stickers.

Before I made my final decision, I decided to call all of my LBS's to see what they could offer. Each shop had a variety of bikes and prices. Number 8, and the last on the list, was an LBS not far from my home with a salesman who was very helpful and stated that if I came in, he would surely help me find the best bike and price. After some discussion, measuring, and bargaining, I walked out of his shop with a new 2007 Fuji Newest 1.0 for $500.

So what’s the point of this long and likely boring post? Take your time to explore your options with your local LBS, because often they will have a great deal and can be quite accommodating. If you feel like you’re not being treated fairly then get out and check out bikesdirect.


Thanks for listening to the newbie,

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Old 05-17-08, 06:15 PM
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Cool, glad to hear that it worked out.

Basically, of course, what BD would have sent to you is the same box that the LBS got -- a big cardboard box with a frame and most parts unbolted from it. So, you paid for the assembly of the bike, plus personalized assistance, future tuning & fitting, and the location of the shop (a percentage of your money is going to their rent, after all) -- which creates quite a few convenience benefits.
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I've purchased two bikes from BD, but even I would not recommend buying a starter bike online. I would recommend BD only if you have good mechanical knowledge of a bike, owned several bikes to get an idea of your fit, and have exhausted all your possible options locally.
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What I'm going to do... have the LBS fit you and maintain a BD bike. This way the LBS is still making the same profit as if they would've with their bikes, and you get your choice of bike. And it still comes out to be a better price point than the LBS bikes... a BD Windsor Knight is $900, + $150 for assembly and fit, which comes out to 1050. The Jamis bike which most nearly fits the same component bracket is the Venutra Elite, which is 1400.

At the same time, I get a nice bike for a good price, and I help out the LBS.
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What I'm going to do...
The OP already did what he was going to do, though...
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Well yeah, but I mean he's saying that it's almost black and white, either LBS or BD.

It's always more fun with both worlds.
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If you can maintain and tune a bike, then bikesdirect.com can save you money. If not, you'll end up paying the LBS to assemble and tune your bikesdirect.com bike.
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+1 I rarely see BD bikes around. I also rarely see casual riders who know anything about their bikes. So a shop is a good thing.

On the other hand, none of the bikes I've gotten from a shop have been entirely right until I've had them down all the way and rebuilt them back up. I just don't think a shop has the time to do that kind of thing, except on the high end bikes they build up themselves.
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Originally Posted by Dr2006 View Post
Before I made my final decision, I decided to call all of my LBS's to see what they could offer. Each shop had a variety of bikes and prices. Number 8, and the last on the list, was an LBS not far from my home with a salesman who was very helpful and stated that if I came in, he would surely help me find the best bike and price. After some discussion, measuring, and bargaining, I walked out of his shop with a new 2007 Fuji Newest 1.0 for $500.
You got a great deal, my BD bike cost me $500 and is basically the same but with Sora components (which the Newest has better ones). So you really got a great deal on it, stole it even! That said, normal retail price would have made the BD bike a better deal, however being a relative newbie, I can see the benefit of getting it from a shop (as I managed to screw mine up putting it together/setting it up a couple times).
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