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anyone got anything good to say about Bikes Direct?

Old 12-01-16, 10:53 PM
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anyone got anything good to say about Bikes Direct?

wanted to ask what everyone's thoughts are about Bikes Direct?.

Is it worth it and what are the bikes like?.

One of mine originally came from there from another person and so far still going.

They sell a good selection of road and mountain bikes for as little as 350$ 300$ 200 or 160$ and do you really believe that these deals are real and you are ordering direct?.

Also ordered my second bike from Nashbar which seems similar to BD.

are they real or just a dead pool?
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Old 12-01-16, 11:53 PM
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They advertise on here so I hope so
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Old 12-02-16, 12:01 AM
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I think the higher end bikes are good deals. The lower end bikes, not so much. If you end up having to visit your local bike shop for assistance completing an assembly or tuning for a $300 bike, your cost savings are gone. There's also getting the size right and seeing if you find the bike comfortable.

Look for reviews on any specific models you are interested in.

There are some models of Nashbar bikes (mostly road bikes) that are popular and are good deals when Nashbar has sales. If there is a Performance Bike near you, they also have lots of sales and you get to test ride bikes. They may also throw in a free basic tuneup.
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Old 12-02-16, 12:18 AM
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Originally Posted by jorglueke View Post
They advertise on here so I hope so
Ads? I haven't seen any ads since I joined the forum, maybe I need to disable the Ublock addon I run in firefox? On second thoughts, I think I'll leave it on.
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Old 12-02-16, 05:34 PM
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They're real and they're fine. I've got three bikes from there and have been very happy with all three. I did have a issue with getting a women's bike due to shipping error. BD was very fast, emailed me a shipping label and had the correct bike in the mail the same day.
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Old 12-03-16, 02:15 AM
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I've never used them but the name is short and to the point. And you could do so much more with a premium membership than eventually finding your ad blocker has been neutered someday to prevent a lawsuit against them.


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It's interesting order a bike that you get in a box, partially assembled.

You'll get a sense for how much damage can occur in shipment, regardless of how well packed and boxed the bike is. UPS is extremely rough in handling bike boxes and both bikes I've ordered (not from bikes direct) were damaged. It wasn't on the order of a a taco'ed wheel but it's astonishing that a bike that has been boxed perfectly with literally every inch of the frame and fork properly covered in light foam can still arrive damaged and scratched.

You also get a sense of how much (or how little) adjustment is required to get a bike up to proper working order, as far as wheel truing and derailleur adjustment.

The more expensive bike arrived in excellent operating condition, with little if any adjustment needed for either wheel truing or derailleur adjustment. The less expensive bike required extensive work with wheel truing and derailleur adjustment, among other adjustments, and I wound up taking it to a shop for final adjustments out of frustration.

After going through the process a couple of times, I'd say go with a shop for a lower end bike, say $600 or less. if it's a bike with nicer componentry, expect fewer problems with adjustments and assembly.
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Old 12-03-16, 07:18 AM
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I bought 3 bikes from BD and was happy with all of them. I still have two of them, no issues other than the typical ones from use. The typical ones I am referring to would happen to any bike getting used, not specific to BD.
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Old 12-03-16, 08:20 AM
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I LOVE my single speed bike I got from them, I think they are a great company.
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Old 12-03-16, 09:12 PM
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Nothing but good experiences here.
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Never bought from BD.But if I did not buy A few bikes from Raleigh last month.
I might have bought one of their Titanium gravel/adventure bikes around black Friday.
Most of what I read about BD is positive.
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