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Old 05-16-15, 01:39 PM
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Local bike shops vs. Local big bike chains.

I try and shop my local small bike shop as often as I can. I do all my own maintenance and repairs but when I see my shop slowing down I will bring my bike in and let them do a good service just to help them keep the good help in paychecks.
I let them tell me I need a chain ring and a chain, I wait till I need these things then I bring it in and act surprised. I let them lube the cables and check the bottom bracket and true the wheels if need be.

It's the least I can do. They work hard and customer service is job one so they get my full support...

BUT It was time to get back on clipless pedals and my Time's were so hard to get out of I wanted to get back on good old SPD's..

I did all my investigating narrowed it down to three.
Shimano PD-M530 for $54.99
Shimano Deore XT Trail for $119.99 !!! Hold on It gets better...
Shimano XTR Trail for,,,,$179.99

These prices soared when I went to the next closest bike shop that's in a more expensive area.. Try these prices on for size:
Shimano PD-M530 for $49.99
Shimano Deore XT Trail for $150
Shimano XTR Trail for,,,,$199

I refuse to do Internet when I can keep from it but I went online and shopped Performance bike. I have a sticks~bricks store 16 miles away.

Prices there, IN stock were.
Shimano PD-M530 for $39.99
Shimano Deore XT Trail for $79.99
Shimano XTR Trail for,,,,$159.99

I picked up the Deore XT Trail pedals..

There Is no beating the Buying power of bigger chain stores,,I feel like a traitor, I feel so guilty,,,,,NOT

Oh yeah I bought a particular pair of riding gloves for a birthday present back in november, they didn't fit the girl.
I took them back today,,no problem.

I walked out the door with my shiny new bike jewelry for $61.77 ...

Been on flats all winter, riders in the know, know its good for you to ride both and if you can't bunny hop on flat pedals you can't bunny hop.

I clipped in and promptly fell in the parking lot, right In front of everyone. Duhh!

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Old 05-17-15, 07:41 PM
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Originally Posted by osco53 View Post
I clipped in and promptly fell in the parking lot, right In front of everyone. Duhh!
Congrats on winning the fastest clipless fall on an MTB in BF history. Your Certificate will follow soon.
Seriously, many of us have been there, done that. In your case, you've got the fall out of the way and don't have to think about it, that's kinda nice.
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Old 05-18-15, 09:32 AM
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i like to share the love when it comes to where i buy my parts. if a deal is way too killer to pass up ill clearly opt for the online or big chain route vs the lbs. thats not to say the lbs doesnt have its place in my heart.
generally if i cant do something myself ill gladly take it to the lbs, and things like chains, cables, housing i wouldnt think twice to go anywhere else. the problems have about 65% of the time with the lbs is when i want something they ask if id like to order it in, and itll be in withing 2 weeks or so. which usually turns me off because, well i could order it myself in 2 weeks.
generally if i want the shop sell me something its because i want it then and there
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Old 05-18-15, 09:39 AM
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Supporting local bike shops is always a good idea. A lot of their items are the same price, are the same make or better as those of the on line discounters. Plus you are providing work for you neighbours who in return maybe providing work for you too or your family and friends.
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Old 05-31-15, 09:44 PM
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I did a comparison a bunch of years ago on the price of a fishing reel. Everybody kept saying the local was more money.......

I priced the exact same reel at Walmart, Bass Pro Shops, and 2 local shops. On a $100 reel, the locals were both $10 cheaper..........

I hit the local, even if some items are a little more (within reason). Big price difference, you have to go with the lower one obviously.
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Old 05-31-15, 09:45 PM
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Originally Posted by elmore leonard View Post
Supporting local bike shops is always a good idea. A lot of their items are the same price, are the same make or better as those of the on line discounters. Plus you are providing work for you neighbours who in return maybe providing work for you too or your family and friends.
Don't forget after the sale service you get at the local shop.
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Originally Posted by avmech View Post
Don't forget after the sale service you get at the local shop.
They are pedals. You bolt em on and ride, fer chrissakes.
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I work hard for my money. I shop Amazon, ProBikeKit, Performance specials hard for parts. Shimano parts often have deep discounts online. Do a lot of my own labor. It's not all about the money either, I can bolt stuff and tune it up just fine on a rainy day with way less hassle than loading bike, driving to a shop, checking it in for a few days... ugggh. PITA.


When it comes to clothing. I wanna try stuff on, get fitted for shoes, and a third party eye for my pedal stroke with cleat alignment. I buy from my LBS.

Don't feel guilty over pedals of all things.

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Old 06-01-15, 09:31 PM
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Originally Posted by rebel1916 View Post
They are pedals. You bolt em on and ride, fer chrissakes.
WTF??? Read the post above the one you quoted, specifically the last sentence!
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Originally Posted by avmech View Post
WTF??? Read the post above the one you quoted, specifically the last sentence!
Yea, I'm a mechanical idiot, and I sure don't need after sale anything on pedals.
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Best prices for tires and Shimano parts come from the UK. Their prices are pretty close to what bike shops pay wholesale.

I bought a pair of Vittoria tubulars for what it would cost for one at my LBS. Unless the LBS can offer me something to overlook the near double cost...I'm buying from the place that has the best prices.

I also bought two Zee shifters and rear derailleurs from Chain Reaction...they were cheaper than the Shimano Friends and Family program...and Shimano didn't even have them in stock.
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Originally Posted by rebel1916 View Post
Yea, I'm a mechanical idiot, and I sure don't need after sale anything on pedals.
And I fix airplanes for a living, so what. The after sale support has nothing to do with pedals, but with the whole bike Itself. Buy the bike at a local and have support afterwards as opposed to Walmart, online, etc. Small things like pedals, one better be able to do it oneself, but there are people that can't, that is where the after sale comes in for them. I do all the work on my bikes within my capabilities.

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