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Old 08-05-06, 03:59 PM
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Good internet cycling businesses

There is another thread discussing the pros/cons of Performance Bike and there are more than a few folks that aren't that pleased with them. Rather than beat up on PB, I thought I'd start a thread where you could let others know what on-line outlets did treat you well.

I still maintain there is no substitute for a good LBS and I try to support mine as much as possible. However, sometimes they don't have what I need and can't get it so occasionally I have to shop elsewhere.

Like I said on the other thread, I've had good experiences with CBO, Nashbar and Speedgoat. How about you? What are some other good internet cycling businesses?
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Old 08-05-06, 04:01 PM
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competitivecyclist.com and wallbike.com are great

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ExcelSports has yet to do anything to lose my business.
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+1 on Excel. I also like http://www.eurobikeparts.com who has the best inventory anywhere of Campagnolo components and groups. I've spend more money with them than any other bike e merchant.
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I was told that Nashbar is owned by Performance? I have found Airbomb to have very high shipping costs. $9 to ship a faceplate for a Shimano shifter? What the hey. With shipping it was cheaper at the LBS.

Bike Tires Direct has done an A+ job for me.
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chucksbikes.com is good. small inventory, but great prices make up for it.
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Probikekit <- very good
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excel
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in no particular order
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Anyone order from Bikeworld lately? Do they still include the free caramel candy with their orders?
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Originally Posted by abeyance
chucksbikes.com is good. small inventory, but great prices make up for it.
+1 using chucks is like visiting your LBS...

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I think this should be a sticky ...but what do I know?

#1 Probikekit. So many orders and not a single delay or slip up. Prices on racing tires (or should I say tyres?) cannot be beat, usually 1/2 off of what I'd pay in any LBS.

I'd say, excluding the smaller vendors (the Ebay Stores) Pricepoint comes a distant overall 2nd in my experience.

Btw, I got my Ti frame at a huge discount from Colorado Cyclist. Customer service was as great as the price of the frame. Unfortunately I could not stay loyal to them as most of their stuff is more expensive than other outlets.
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gbcycles.co.uk

UK places generally have lower postage costs than US places for Aussie residents - often the price is lower than UK citizens would pay (-VAT +shipping). They had stock of the Nike cycling clothing I wanted and fast delivery.

probikekit.com

also had a good range, low prices and good delivery to Australia.
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Online retailers I have used and will continue to. US or UK depends on what they stock (I need) and what the exchange rate is at the time.

UK - probikekit
US - Wisecyclebuys
AU - Deanwood direct, Cecil Walker
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http://www.bike-components.de - I've ordered from them several times and have always been very sastified.

Once I ordered a frame from them and there was a SNAFU- they didn't have the color listed on their web page and it took a little longer to get than listed on their site. To make up for this they gave me free shipping on the frame and a 30 EUR part for free!

Excellent customer service and some of the lowest prices in Europe.

Arkel is also very good to deal with for panniers.
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Originally Posted by oilman_15106
I have found Airbomb to have very high shipping costs.
I gave them a chance. Many chances actually, and they always found a way to let me down. Very long shipping times, and not letting me know when stuff was out of stock were a few of the things that bugged me.

Once they sent me the wrong front derailleur for my mtn bike, but I thought I might be able to use it on another frame I was building, so I kept it and let them charge me for it. Of course, I then had to wait 2+ weeks for them to send the correct one. When the other frame came in, I ended up not being able to use the other FD, so I gave them a ring, and they hassled me about returning it.

I was like, "Hey, I was doing you a favor by giving this part a shot, don't give me crap". After that, I decided there were too many other places to do business.
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Originally Posted by cydewaze
I gave them a chance. Many chances actually, and they always found a way to let me down. Very long shipping times, and not letting me know when stuff was out of stock were a few of the things that bugged me.

Once they sent me the wrong front derailleur for my mtn bike, but I thought I might be able to use it on another frame I was building, so I kept it and let them charge me for it. Of course, I then had to wait 2+ weeks for them to send the correct one. When the other frame came in, I ended up not being able to use the other FD, so I gave them a ring, and they hassled me about returning it.

I was like, "Hey, I was doing you a favor by giving this part a shot, don't give me crap". After that, I decided there were too many other places to do business.
I thought this thread was about positive experiences with online outlets? There is plenty of available space to gripe on just about every other thread on BF
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www.velowear.com. Placed my 1st order last Thursday, received the shorts on Saturday. How quick is that?! Although in all fairness, they are located about 150 miles away, rather than across the country. (It would take Performance days to deliver...)

They included a catalog, two tootsie rolls (!) and a return envelope pre-addressed in case I wanted to return the item.

Oh yeah, 15% discount for 1st order, something I would not have known about if I had not heard it here on BF!


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Originally Posted by EGreen
#1 Probikekit. So many orders and not a single delay or slip up. Prices on racing tires (or should I say tyres?) cannot be beat, usually 1/2 off of what I'd pay in any LBS.
+1

If my local LBS has something I want in stock, I'll usually buy it from them but if I have to special order it and pay top dollar when I can order it from probikekit or other internet seller for less than 1/2 price, then I'll do so. Special orders are an inconvenience to the LBS and I think they'd just as soon not be bothered with them.
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