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3/29/15 1:57 P

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Sounds like it was well worth your time to drive around to find the perfect bike! When I bought my Masi, it was just the right size for me so that was definitely an immediate selling point for me. I am rather short and my bike is probably one of the smallest women's road bikes they make (47). No real hotties there, but the owner of the bike shop does have a delightful Scottish accent.

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3/29/15 8:46 A

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Last year, we were looking for a new bike for me and we looked everywhere. Our local bike shop was brilliant but I was a bit underwhelmed by their offerings having test ridden them. I preferred my old bike (Giant Defy 2). We drove into the city and test rode bikes from 2 other bike shops. Husband suggested a Boardman from Halfords. Not a hope in hell of a test ride from then.
We ended up, 200 miles from home, in Sheffield and the Planet X store. Not only did I find a fantastic bike, it was built for my size so the handlebars fitted, the saddle fitted, the stem was the right length, as were the cranks - all for no additional charge. I got a free bike fit while they were at it, when I went to collect.

I love that bike. When I was looking for a winter bike (I sold my old Defy and my old Specialized MTB to fund the winter bike) I found another Planet X (second hand) that was a perfect fit. If any of the GGR team are in the UK, I can highly paying them a visit. A more enthusiastic, friendly bunch of people - who really want to see you on the right bike. They don't mind if you don't buy so no snarky comments if one of their bikes is not for you.

A couple of the young MTB types were breathtakingly gorgeous too. Worth it for the eye candy alone.

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3/18/15 11:07 P

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Wow, THAT is an advertisement for a Shop (or at least one amazing employee)!!!

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3/16/15 2:09 P

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In 2003, Two Wheel Transit in Spokane, WA, did a major overhaul on my 1984 Trek 460: replaced the wheels, the entire drivetrain, and the handlebars.

In 2006, I crashed the morning of the first day of my second year of law school. I took my beloved bike back to Two Wheel Transit for a check-up (I'm self-healing). As we approached the counter, one of the employees exclaimed, "Hey, I know that bike!" Three years after rebuilding my bike, he still remembered.

Yeah. I love that shop.

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3/12/15 8:49 P

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Carol--I know there is a place like that in my town where they re-build and sell donated bikes and make them available to kids and people who can't afford brand new bikes. Most of them are just average decent bikes, but every once in a while they get a good road bike in that they fix up. If you are mechanically inclined, you can also volunteer there and get credit toward purchasing a bike.

We only have one LBS in my town and although I have bought a few things there including my bike rack, they were not real responsive in trying to find me a bike that fit when I was looking so I went elsewhere. But I do agree with what most everyone else is saying here that you will probably be happiest if you shop around, try out some bikes at different shops, and then buy from a bike shop that will fit your bike properly. If you have a knowledgeable bike friend you can take with you, so much the better. I also checked out different brands/models on line and actually did a spreadsheet comparing them! The place I bought mine from gave me one free tune up with the purchase of the bike.

Two years ago when I started with the bike club, I just rode my old mountain bike, which of course put me at a distinct disadvantage at the time. I did put on city/road tires so that the rolling resistance was less and that made a difference. But I wanted to make sure that I was serious about cycling before I purchased a good road bike. So last year I took the plunge and bought a new bike. It is a huge difference and the time I spent riding that old bike definitely made me appreciate it.

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3/12/15 4:47 P

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In the past couple of months I have learned of 2 places that have recently opened, each in a neighboring county. They take recycled bikes, have kids come in and clean/repair bike over the course of several weeks and then the kids get to keep bikes. They also fix up donated bikes and sell them. These folks are trying to improve the community and are bike mechanics volunteering time. I'm thinking a place like that would be a great way to start if you're just getting involved in biking. They also offer clinics for bike maintenance and am hoping the schedule over the summer will work for me to go over and learn/help out.

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3/12/15 10:27 A

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I got one of my bikes both cheap and from "hotties" because Hyde Park, in Chicago, had a bike repair co-op that had, as its mission, keeping teenagers productively occupied at the same time as making good bikes available to low income residents in the community. Got a chromo Fuji for $50, swapped out parts, and tuned up. Almost as good as the $300 bike I got at my LBS in 1986.

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8/17/12 11:02 P

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I think the "geeky about my bike" thing is much appreciated by the by the bike guys, because they are geeky about bikes. I know I noticed a change in the bike guys' attitude toward me when I started referring to my bike as "my baby."

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8/17/12 8:47 P

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I also thought there would be pictures.

WHERE ARE THE PICTURES?

Ha ha, no seriously, the local shop near me is great. Because I bought my road bike there (actually, I bought my mountain bike there too) they always give me free tuneups, adjustments, put the new tape on my bars for free, all kinds of little things. They are not, however, hot, at all. They're kind of funny with me because I'm obviously kind of geeky about my bike, whereas the majority of their customers are teenage boys with really beat up BMX bikes, parents buying little bikes for little kids, or kind of down-on-their luck guys trying to get a deal on something for transportation (they're located right off a greenway in the Bronx, so they get some flat fix traffic, too). I think they appreciate that I try to keep my ride in pretty good shape.

Don't buy a bike from some big box place - think of what you'll be missing in free service and advice alone! If need be, save up. The guys near me do layaway.


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8/13/12 10:08 A

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You really do get what you pay for, and those big box store bikes only seem cheap. Yes, they may have components from the same companies, but the components are not high quality ones. And no one there can answer your questions, properly fit you, and provide the tweaks that will make riding enjoyable.

If you think you can't afford the prices at a new shop, call around and see if any of them sell refurbished used bikes. And here in Cleveland we have a bike co-op where people can help out and not only learn about bikes but sometimes get one very cheap. It's worth at least looking into the possibilities.

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8/13/12 12:55 A

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A relationship with your local bike shop guys is so important! I use a few different shops depending on my needs.
As for buying a big box bike: PLEASE don't do it! Go to a local bike shop - pay the same or maybe a little more and get SO MUCH MORE! A bike put together by a bike mechanic not ?? at a big box.
Also get a bike fit from your local bike shop - you don't have to pay the big bucks. A simple bike fit will make a BIG difference. The big box store can't do that!

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8/8/12 12:21 P

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The more I read, the more I appreciate the guys at our bike shop. They really are great.

Of course, it may be my clear customer loyalty. They keep records of every purchase, and one day I gave the guy checking me out my name and he said, "OH! Brad told us to always take good care of you!" So they are obviously paying attention!

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8/8/12 11:37 A

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I agree that a relationship with a good local bike shop is key to success in biking. When I bought my bike I went and they fitted me properly for my bike, then made adjustments to my handlebars and seat for comfort, which is important to keeping motivated to ride. It was a bit more expensive than buying a bike from Walmart, but when I ride I am riding something that fits me.

I haven't been successful in getting free tune ups, etc. However, maybe when I become a bike hottie it will happen. In the meantime, I will just bring my daughter who is a hottie emoticon

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8/5/12 10:04 P

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It's definitely great to do a lot of research, and a good bike shop will help you out by trying different bikes and answering lots of questions even if you tell them you aren't buying this year. If they lose interest in you at that point, find a different bike shop.

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8/3/12 9:50 P

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When I saw this title I thought it was going to be about the shirtless wonders out on the bike trail LOL! Some are real hotties and others are just taking advantage of being male and being able to ride without their shirts and don't care that there bellies hang over their belts.

I had my bike for several years but just started really riding it this year. It has some rust and is really heavy. I almost opted for a new bike early in the season. I'm glad I didn't because the more I ride,the more I find out what I really want in a bike. So next year I will get a bike that is perfect for me.

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7/31/12 4:43 P

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I suppose that if a person is not sure about their commitment to biking, then a big box bike might be a good first choice, that's true. It's tough, though, because there is no one there who really understands how to fit a person to a bike, so someone who is poorly fitted might give up biking in frustration.

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7/31/12 12:20 A

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i usually say to buy the best you can afford. i got my trek last year on clearance at our bike shop. i am sure i will end up going there to get my road bike too, but you can get a good starter bike at the big box stores. a lot of them have the same parts/manufacturers as the bike store bikes.
for me, i rode a walmart bike until i learned how to climb hills. my hubby kept wanting my to get a better bike, but it was important to me that i knew how to use the cheaper bike first.

the day i climbed my first big hill with NO walking, i cried and then i went bike shopping!

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You will probably pay a little more, it's true. But you will also get a LOT of benefit from that, because there will be adjustments, questions, and concerns that your bike store people will be able to address. And the guys at the big box store won't.

There is a reason why my bike cost almost $800. I've ridden it very hard, and it's held up. A $200 bike is not even worth the money you paid for it.

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7/30/12 11:14 P

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great suggestion. we went bike shopping today for a lightweight starter road bike for me. went to a big box sporting goods store. the "sales clerk" didnt know a thing about the bikes. nothing! we left and decided we would go to a real bike shop. it might cost a bit more for a similar bike, but at least we will be served by a person who knows what they are selling.

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The title of this topic comes from my daughter: every time we need to go to the bike shop, she says, "Time to visit the bike hotties!" Because the guys who work at our local bike shop are, frankly, a cute bunch. So she likes that we always go back to the same bike shop.

But the reason why I go back to the same bike shop is that I think it's important to develop a good relationship with the people who can help you to get the most out of your biking experience. Because these guys know me, I regularly get little tweaks and tune-ups at no charge, get my questions answered, and get cheered on for my efforts.

So I recommend that you find your own bike hotties and develop a relationship with your local bike shop.

Gini


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