Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > General Cycling Discussion
Reload this Page >

Bike shop of course, but how do you get that "other" bike...

General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

Bike shop of course, but how do you get that "other" bike...

Old 09-15-11, 01:07 PM
Senior Member
Thread Starter
Pistard's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Columbia county, NY
Posts: 571
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Bike shop of course, but how do you get that "other" bike...

I always hang at the bike shop, purchase my bike there etc, I am reading about this bike or other , we have 5 or six shops in a 50 mile radius, they carry a decent selection, not necessarily what I would purchase for my next bike. Am I going to have to order online and put together? what are you guys/gals doing ? ( too much good stuff out there)....
Pistard is offline  
Old 09-15-11, 01:09 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Orange County, CA
Posts: 4,770
Likes: 0
Liked 369 Times in 206 Posts
Expand radius to 100 miles?
Elvo is offline  
Old 09-15-11, 01:25 PM
You gonna eat that?
Doohickie's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Fort Worth, Texas Church of Hopeful Uncertainty
Posts: 14,723

Bikes: 1966 Raleigh DL-1 Tourist, 1973 Schwinn Varsity, 1983 Raleigh Marathon, 1994 Nishiki Sport XRS

Liked 74 Times in 49 Posts
Talk to your shop about what you want. They may be able to get it for you. If not, they may be able to assemble/adjust it for you. The LBS I use has done this several times for online purchasers.
I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.

Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."
Doohickie is offline  
Old 09-15-11, 02:11 PM
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 937

Bikes: CCM Torino 76

Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
A few hints:

1. Almost all bikes are made in a handful of Asian companies - including almost all carbon bikes. THerefore, if you have a brand name that you are keen on, look into the brands that are carried by the LBSs near you and if you see something that looks similar to your dream bike, that's probably because they are made in the same place.

2. The fit of a bike is more important than the tube shapes or what derailleurs come with it. Get a fitting done by a respected shop in your area and compare their reccomendations to the geometry of the bikes available... you may find that the perfect bike for you is collecitng dust on a showroom floor in your neighborhood.

3. As mentioned by Doohickey, if you are really keen to get something exotic not normally carried by the LBSs in your area, call around and see if they can special-order it. Just remember hints #1 and #2 when you make your choice.
DCB0 is offline  
Old 09-16-11, 05:45 PM
Membership Not Required
wahoonc's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: On the road-USA
Posts: 16,855

Bikes: Giant Excursion, Raleigh Sports, Raleigh R.S.W. Compact, Motobecane? and about 20 more! OMG

Likes: 0
Liked 16 Times in 15 Posts
Most of my bikes are vintage, many of them came in large boxes and had to be assembled. Learn how to wrench on bikes and build up what you want. Purchase the parts where you find them. I just picked up not one, not two but THREE vintage bikes from my LBS.

Webshots is bailing out, if you find any of my posts with corrupt picture files and want to see them corrected please let me know. :(

ISO: A late 1980's Giant Iguana MTB frameset (or complete bike) 23" Red with yellow graphics.

"Cycling should be a way of life, not a hobby.

"Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
Aluminum: barely a hundred
Which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?"
wahoonc is offline  
Old 09-16-11, 10:19 PM
Senior Member
Thor29's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 757
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I buy frames from online retailers and build up the bikes myself. I could order the same frames through a local bike shop, but with free shipping and no taxes, it's hard to beat the online deals. If it doesn't work out, I just sell the frame on Ebay later and the loss is just "rent" for getting to try out something different.
Thor29 is offline  
Old 09-17-11, 03:42 AM
In Real Life
Machka's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Down under down under
Posts: 52,152

Bikes: Lots

Liked 599 Times in 331 Posts
My bicycles have come from ...

- bicycle shop, off the rack
- bicycle shop, custom-built
- given to me by my father
- purchased from a friend
- Walmart
- purchased via ebay
- purchased frame from a wholesaler, and built up
- picked up at the tip, and built up
Machka is offline  
Old 09-17-11, 04:57 AM
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Northern California
Posts: 5,804

Bikes: Raleigh Grand Prix, Giant Innova, Nishiki Sebring, Trek 7.5FX

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Hey there Pistard!

Well since you already own a bike, you just want to expand your ownership of bikes. Therefore, it would become instructive to learn something about the mechanics of bikes.

The best way to do that, is to build a bike. Building a bike, usually causes you to end up with the exact type and style of bike that you originally envisioned.

So therefore, in your case, you should start with the vision of the frame that you'd think that you'd like. That said, the material of the frame, is subsequently quite important since steel tubing is generally thinner than aluminum tubing. Indeed carbon, just might be your material of choice instead. make certain that you've thoroughly explored and examined bicycle magazines, websites, and of course, your LBS.

Next, decide upon the number of speeds you'd like for your bike to have that matches your vision, along with the appropriate crankset, casette-type, derailleurs, and shifters. Contemplate how your shifters are going to look on the new handlebars you've envisioned for your bike. Now, decide upon the type of brakes that will be required for the type of bike riding you're going to do. Now, determine the tire size, width, color, and style that will be placed around the wheel-type you've already selected.

If you're going to build a comfort bike, a touring bike, or a utility bike, you may consider adding fenders and perhaps a rack to your bike. Possibly even a chainguard should be given consideration.

If you're building a MTB, the proper fork will be essential. Much thought should be given to the fork, so that it will be able to sustain the level of shock typical for your type of MTN riding.

Think of the color of your bike frame and all the various colors that will accentuate your frames color. Those accentuating colors should be the colors of your components and your accessories.

Purchase all of your components that you've envisioned for your bike and install them onto the bike frame that you've most likely ordered online.

After riding your bike for over fifty miles, decide upon the accessories that will best suit your needs.

After you build your first bike, you'll most probably want to build all others you acquire. You're most probably going to want to invest in some tools and a bike stand.

See what real bike lovers set themselves up for? $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

- Slim

Last edited by SlimRider; 09-17-11 at 12:09 PM.
SlimRider is offline  
Old 09-17-11, 11:41 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Long Beach, Ca.
Posts: 591

Bikes: Raleigh Sojourn, '67 Raleigh Super Course, old Gary Fisher Mamba, and a generic Chinese folder

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
My last bicycle was a brand not carried by my favorite lbs, but they were able to order one for me. I could have done it myself, but I like giving them business and if they hadn't assembled it correctly (not a worry really, their mechanics are good) I would have recourse to get it fixed. If I did it myself and goofed it, it could have costed me a whole lot more.

Really, decide on what you want and have the lbs get it for you. I'm sure they'll be happy for the business!
Hippiebrian is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
General Cycling Discussion
10-06-14 07:54 PM
08-13-14 03:08 PM
Road Cycling
06-27-13 03:19 AM
08-22-10 06:00 PM
Road Cycling
03-25-10 09:06 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Your Privacy Choices -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.