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What are you favorite place to shop online for bike stuff in the US? (Nashbar, etc)

Old 10-03-14, 11:32 PM
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Universal Cycles and Bike Tires Direct almost exclusively. Both of these have the advantage of being local to me. Universal Cycles has pretty good price matching and extremely good selection, much better than any other online store I've seen. Bike Tires Direct has a loyalty program which makes tires competitive with the European sources, but with single day ground shipping (for me anyway) and local customer service.

I used to use Nashbar a lot when they were still independent from Performance Bike; now Nashbar pretty much sucks all the way around. I use Performance more as a brick and mortar store since they have the good deals of the online shop and you can still get the touch/feel of a bike shop, but less now that they are phasing out their physical store selection down to the bare bones minimum. But even online, their selection is pretty stale and their prices aren't that great compared to other online sources. Plus the price matching of Universal Cycles does a pretty good job of closing that gap.
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Old 10-04-14, 06:18 AM
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So many people don't support their lbs, wow.
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Originally Posted by Publicscumbag View Post
So many people don't support their lbs, wow.
Not necessarily. That's a different thread. Start one asking "who supports their LBS" and you will get tons of replies.
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Originally Posted by Publicscumbag View Post
So many people don't support their lbs, wow.
I think most (if not all) of us do. The owner of my local shop and I are great friends. However this thread is specifically about online sources
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FWIW, I support many. I'm in So Cal so I support Jenson a lot. I also shop my local PB, as well as many of the localLBS's. Not just my main one, but its sister stores and other local stores too. So I'm a mix for sure.

I am exchanging a jersey today w/ my LBS's name on it which was on CLEARANCE for $60!! $60 friggin bucks for a jersey?? I'd have never bought it for myself but I told my wife to birthday shop for me at the LBS.

I like to mix it up and I think it's good for all.
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LBSs serve a purpose I suppose, good for an emergency tube or CO2 cartridge. But not components. I would have paid $300+ for this:
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Originally Posted by Publicscumbag View Post
So many people don't support their lbs, wow.
Universal, western and biketiresdirect.com ARE my LBSs.
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Old 10-04-14, 10:03 AM
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For the most part, if it's available from a US vendor, it's probably available at some shop in town, which I prefer. I like to inspect what I'm buying before I pay for it, and if it's a commodity, I want to just go get it, not wait for it to show up. So far, (aside from some cat ears - yes, cat ears) the stuff I've bought on line was not available from a US vendor - local OR on line. Like just now, looking for shoes: it seems Sidi have a new model, Kaos, that features the same closure as the Wire model, but no where near as expensive. Can't seem to find a US vendor that carries it - it's either the top-shelf Wire or something else that uses velcro for at least part of the closure.

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The only thing about Nashbar that really pisses me off is the pre authorize my card.. Let's say I order $300 on Friday night.. They take that out of my bank... Then re-charge me $300 on Monday morning.. so Basically I'm out of that first $300 for 3 days. Also, they charge for shipping. I don't know why that gets me, but it does. You should get free shipping for orders over $50 all of the time.
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For the most part, if it's available from a US vendor, it's probably available at some shop in town, which I prefer. I like to inspect what I'm buying before I pay for it, and if it's a commodity, I want to just go get it, not wait for it to show up. So far, (aside from some cat ears - yes, cat ears) the stuff I've bought on line was not available from a US vendor - local OR on line. Like just now, looking for shoes: it seems Sidi have a new model, Kaos, that features the same closure as the Wire model, but no where near as expensive. Can't seem to find a US vendor that carries it - it's either the top-shelf Wire or something else that uses velcro for at least part of the closure.
Both of the LBS's I frequent match internet prices, so if what I want is in town I get it locally. But there's a lot of items (lighting, the specific tires I want, etc.) that are not available locally. So I support the locals as much as possible, but none of them sell or are willing to order Continental Touring Plus tyres or Cygolite lighting . . .

EDIT: Also I'm a mechanical doofus, so the locals get to replace plinked spokes, do tune-ups and adjustments, etc. on The Black Knight. A couple of weeks ago I had them install a new computer on it. Mechanical doofus, I say, doofus.
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Old 10-04-14, 01:39 PM
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I stopped ordering from Nashbar when they took 3 weeks to deliver three in-stock items from Ohio to PA. I've had orders from the UK (Wiggle and ProBikeKit) get here in a week!

I've had good luck with Colorado Cyclist and Competitive Cyclist. Colorado Cyclist was extremely helpful in dealing with a bike box that was damaged on it's very first flight. They even sent a call tag to pick it up and handle the return shipping!
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So many people don't support their lbs, wow.
A few people don't read thread titles.
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Old 10-04-14, 02:22 PM
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I stopped ordering from Nashbar when they took 3 weeks to deliver three in-stock items from Ohio to PA. I've had orders from the UK (Wiggle and ProBikeKit) get here in a week!

I've had good luck with Colorado Cyclist and Competitive Cyclist. Colorado Cyclist was extremely helpful in dealing with a bike box that was damaged on it's very first flight. They even sent a call tag to pick it up and handle the return shipping!
I'm about to make my first purchase from Wiggle. It's ridiculous the amount of awesome stuff I've been missing out on as far as apparel goes. I won't order from Nashbar until they change their ways. I'm sure they make enough money to not care, but yeah.
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I've been ordering a lot online but lately, I'm patronizing my LBSs more. It only costs me a little extra to keep things local, and it figure what goes around comes around. I still order online though. I'm not religious about the issue. I appreciate that LBSs keep things in stock for my convenience. But when they don't have what I need, half the time I order it myself.

Amazon takes orders on behalf lots of local shops everywhere, so while they may not be local to me, I know I am supporting small businesses, and I'm glad about that. I also find many of them on eBay.
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I've been ordering a lot online but lately, I'm patronizing my LBSs more. It only costs me a little extra to keep things local, and it figure what goes around comes around. I still order online though. I'm not religious about the issue. I appreciate that LBSs keep things in stock for my convenience. But when they don't have what I need, half the time I order it myself.
If it is something that I want to try on before buying (clothes, shoes, helmet, etc), then I will purchase it locally whenever possible.
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Nashbar, PricePoint, Ebay, sometimes Amazon

However, I strongly dislike the 7.99 flat shipping rate for NB and PP. ebay is good for free shipping and often has good deals.
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I've had good experiences with most vendors but I particularly like Competitive Cyclist.
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I should have included Ali Express in my previous post. For anything carbon fiber, their prices can't be beat. You can also save a lot on most other bike related purchases. I sourced everything for my road bike build from them except for the tires and tubes, and everything for my winter bike except the tires, tubes and wheelset.
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Originally Posted by Publicscumbag View Post
So many people don't support their lbs, wow.
Not at all true. But, when your LBS doesn't sell, for example, Assos then you buy where you can. In my case I buy local as long as I can afford to.
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Nashbar. Almost all the time.
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Nashbar is ok, as is Niagra Cycle. Excelsports.com is one that I have not seen mentioned. I bought a frame there and could not have had a better experience. The price was also incredible.
The OP mentioned USA locations. However, I still feel that PBK and Ribble are the best and least expensive on a consistent basis. If I am making a large order, I go there every time. For smaller orders and clothes, it is usually Performance, biketiresdirect and Nashbar.
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I've been happy with Nasbar so far. Their site isn't as nice as Performance Bike's but they seem to have slightly lower prices for whatever reason.
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Excel Sports carries many top shelf accessories and components that the others just do not seem to have in stock including Campagnolo.
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