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Bikes Dir./ LBS Bike

Old 06-17-08, 08:53 PM
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Bikes Dir./ LBS Bike

Ok, I'm wanting to purchase a road bike. I've got up to $1,200 to spend on everything that needs to be purchased. This is will be my first road bike purchase, so I was thinking something entry level. However, a salesman did push for the level above entry-level because of ease of shifting on a higher component group and the reasoning of future upgrades. That leads to my question, why do should I spend an extra $300 or so on a bike at a LBS instead of purchasing from BD?
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BD bikes do have higher components than brand name bikes generally, so that's not the point.

But if you're going to be doing upgrades in the future, a brand-name bike will have generally better frames and keeper components (parts that aren't usually upgraded).

LBS has actual customer service (sometimes), will usually fit you better and you can try out the bikes there. With BD it's ordering in the dark, you have to know exactly what you're getting.

Note, for $1200 you're talking about at the very least a tiagra groupset or maybe higher depending on what you're getting. With BD that's full ultegra.
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local service, free tune ups, just take it to the LBS for warranty, LBS will fit you...

but if you are capable of doing everything yourself, by all means, go BD.
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I usually say Tiagra shifters are the bare minimum component-wise. Something like the Trek 2.1 (or equivalent) would be more than good for a first road bike.

The advantage with buying local is that you usually get some sort of service plan and people if you have questions. That, and good warranty support. It usually pays off buying local on your first road bike.
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Simple answer, more important than the components and materials will be the fit. You need to find a knowledgeable LBS that you feel comfortable with and let them find you the right bike. After you get your feet wet then BD and online could be an option down the road. The bike will need adjustments as the cables stretch a little and your LBS should be happy to take care of that type of stuff for you.

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Oh, and fit is a big part of it for your first bike too.
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when i was in your shoes a couple years ago I had basically the same budget.
I wanted to spend in the neighborhood of a K. alot of shops will throw in 1-2 hundred worth of gear when you buy a bike, rather than drop the price of an entry level bike.

I would tell you to go to every shop you can find and ride every bike you can that is anywhere near your price range.... Make sure to ride 1 or 2 that are way out of your league

and dont be afraid to ask, "I'm going to need all the gear, shoes, peddles, helmet, pump, shorts, jersey, tube, seat wedge........"
If the shop is good you should have no problem being able to get pretty much everything you need, minus shorts and jersey, for around $1200.

ooh, and buy the bike that speaks to you....
I would think you could find something with 105 10speed if you look and find a deal, and get everything else you need for around $1200
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you get what you pay for.

lbs for sure.
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