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Jer81B 07-24-12 10:18 AM

Online bike retailers
 
Hi Guys

I was just wondering what are some good online retailers? being new to bikes I dont know which are good ones and ones that should be avoided? any help would be great. Is anybody aware of any Canadian ones?

Thanks for any help

Jeremy

no1mad 07-24-12 11:19 AM

Perhaps the best Canadian online vendor for someone who knows absolutely nothing about bikes- http://www.mec.ca/Main/home.jsp

fietsbob 07-24-12 12:23 PM

But" being new to Bikes " is a prime reason to cope with bike shops,
Until are skilled enough to do your own service work.

MEC as a walk in customer Will be OK, or at least have a Bike shop put it together or
check your work of DIY. for adjustments , since you are just started on mechanics.

Jamesw2 07-25-12 06:10 AM

25 years ago i had purchased a used Bianchi and a used Cannondale with the eccentric chain ring . After being advised my gearing was going to hurt my knees on a climb up Boulder Canyon I went to a third shop and told them what i needed , A road bike with mountain gearing . . I wound up with a Trek 1420 a triple with a 28/28 low gear finally i was able to enjoy the mountains. I weighed 200 lbs then and it , and me survived a 35 mph, encounter with a fist size rock on the road.

I still ride it.

Hint: get wide range of gearing because you never now where you will be riding

Now back to the OP question
I have had good luck with Bikes Direct and you can email them with your questions.

Afdica 07-25-12 02:20 PM


Originally Posted by Jer81B (Post 14521584)
Hi Guys

I was just wondering what are some good online retailers? being new to bikes I dont know which are good ones and ones that should be avoided? any help would be great. Is anybody aware of any Canadian ones?

Thanks for any help

Jeremy


Here are a few UK online retailers.Most of them will ship for free, or based on a small minimum order. There is no duty on bicycle parts from the UK. Depending on which retailer, some will even charge you in CDN Dollars on your visa card (ie: no conversion rate on currency:)) They ship by Post so the only fees to deal with are CDN $8.50 brokerage fee and HST (Harmonized Goods and Services Tax) depending on which province you live in. Careful with the cycling clothing. These are classified as garments and if you order any of these items alone, you may get dinged another 18% duty (IIRC) on top of everything else. Check their sites first and remember, if you order clothing, make sure you order it in conjunction with a bike part or accessory. Sometimes they lump it all in one parcel and stamp it as bike parts.

Here's a list:


http://www.wiggle.co.uk/
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/
http://www.probikekit.com/us/
http://www.totalcycling.com/
http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/
http://www.evanscycles.com/
http://www.shinybikes.com/

Hope it helps.


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