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Old 02-23-11, 07:48 AM
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Best online shopping experience?

I have recently been doing a lot of shopping for gear that I need and its been an interesting experience trying to find the right deals on the right equipment. It seems like there are a ton of bicycling shopping sites but none of them seem to compare to the big 2, Nashbar and Performance bike.

So I am wondering what your opinion is of the online shopping experience. Do you prefer the bigger retailers like Performance or do you go a different route? Is there something out there I am missing out on or is this basically it? Its not that I dont like Nashbar or Performance but I would like a little more competition for my money than 2 websites with almost identical pricess. I am a poor college student so I cant pass up a chance to find a good deal.
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Old 02-23-11, 07:57 AM
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I like Competitive Cyclist. They're expensive, but they provide a lot of information, good service and are relaible.

Also, for those that live in the Southeast, All3sports has good service, and their regular UPS ground shipping gets there next day.
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Old 02-23-11, 07:58 AM
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Combination of Ebay (deals), Amazon (fast shipping, stuff in stock), PBK and Total Cycling (stuff I can't get at the first two sites).
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Old 02-23-11, 08:07 AM
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I go to Amazon first then try others. If I have to try something on for size such as shoes and clothing I go to Performance or another LBS.
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Old 02-23-11, 08:21 AM
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I've had good luck with treefortbikes.com .
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Old 02-23-11, 08:26 AM
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Amazon and Treefort
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Old 02-23-11, 08:37 AM
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I stick to Competitive Cyclist and eBay. Competitive Cyclist has clearance and end-of-season sales all the time. Last month I picked up a set of Reynolds MV-32c UL wheels for $1275. That was 50% off. Right now they are going for around $1500 on eBay, so I got a great deal. I also picked up a Yokozuna Reaction cable kit for $39 from CC.

I use eBay when I know I need a part and don't care about post-sale support. For example, I recently picked up a SRAM Red 11-25 cassette brand new for $160. I would have spent $250 if I bought it anywhere else. Not much can go wrong with a brand new cassette, so I figured I'd save $90 and buy off eBay.

I've never had a bad experience buying from either.
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Bonktown.com seems to have pretty good deals on clothing.
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I use Excel Sports in CO for parts (excellent customer service, often have closeouts and sales), ebay for some occasional stuff that I can get a good deal on and performance for food and tubes since that stuff is always on sale.
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Old 02-23-11, 09:28 AM
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I've always thought Performance bike was expensive, and Nashbar doesn't seem to be as cheap as it used to be, unless you want a frame. JensonUSA seems to have pretty good deals these days. For small parts, low-end parts, and obscure things, Niagara Cycle Works is by far the best.
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Old 02-23-11, 09:56 AM
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Like others, I've been buying a lot of stuff from Amazon when they have stock, the best price, free shipping, etc.. Sometimes I can find stuff there easier than on bike-specific retailer sites...like new replacement Ultegra 9speed cogs and rings, for example. Other times, it's whoever has what I want at the best price, Performance/Nashbar, REI, JensonUSA, BikeTiresDirect, AEBike, MikesBikes, etc. etc. etc.
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Jenson USA - I got a Focus Cayo for $1200 w/ 105 (during Black Sunday). It's back up to $1650 ($2300 retail). I've also seen some pretty kick ass deals on Performance. I went to eBay to purchase a pair of Reynold carbon clinchers - just buy from a "power seller."
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I've lucked out with a few items at Pricepoint -they have a decent selection and were fast to ship. I've also picked up my pedals at wekeepyoucycling -they were really nice to deal with IME as well. Trisports and Trivillage for my tri gear
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I've had great service from BC Multisport. https://www.bcmultisport.com/ Great prices, fast shipping, friendly and courteous. They go the extra mile and then some. No affiliation whatsoever. I just think the good ones derserve the word-of-mouth.
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PBK, Wiggle.co.uk, AEBike, Treefort, RibbleCycles.co.uk
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Chain Reaction Cycles.

Awesome...
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Chain Reaction Cycles.

Awesome...
Them too
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Universal cycles and Biketiresdirect. Great service, broad selection, price matching within reason and both are local, so I can place the order online and pick it up without waiting or paying for shipping.
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I don't buy from one specific place all the time. Depending on what i'm looking for i'll check several sites and go with whichever has the best price. Of course i'll buy from a legit place i know that has good credibility. I buy from PBK, Amazon, ebay, tree fort bikes, real cyclist, and competitive cyclist.
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PBK, and Planet X. Planet X has the best customer service I have ever experienced, check out the USA site for great deals on wheels, and frames.
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www.universalcycles.com - 30 second price matching is the best ever, and if you sign up for their newsletter, you get additional %age discounts

2 of the best online retailers
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I've found Performance to be way expensive. I find the best deals across the pond from Chain Reaction Cycles, Wiggle and Ribble. PBK works for me as well.
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Just had a great experience with Western Bike Works (westernbikeworks.com). $197 for a pair of Sidi Genius 5 Mega shoes with free shipping.
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Glory Cycles also does a good job with price matching.
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