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Total Cycling - Online Retailer(15 posts)

Total Cycling - Online RetailerBosephus
Mar 16, 2001 8:36 AM
Does anyone have any experience buying from these guys who is from the States? They've got really good pricing on a lot of their stuff, but I'm not so keen on buying from an overseas company. Any thoughts ...
re: Total Cycling - Online RetailerAkirasho
Mar 16, 2001 8:49 AM
Good experiences. Last time I ordered was about 2 months ago, but service and delivery time was about the same for a transcon shipping.

Be the bike.
re: Total Cycling - Online Retaileramflyer
Mar 16, 2001 9:05 AM
Yep...I was a bit hesitant also, but had good experiences. Got my order in a bout the same time as it normally takes for one of the US bike stores.

re: Total Cycling - Online Retailersteveq
Mar 16, 2001 9:11 AM
i've used on a regular basis since last summer and have had no problems. the only problem is the shipping charges. but you can make that up with their super low prices. for example, i'll buy 4 pairs of conti3000's at half the price of us mailorder then eat the huge shipping charges and still save a bundle. as far as reliability, i've never had a problem but their selection is still a little thin.....sq
re: Total Cycling - Online RetailerBosephus
Mar 16, 2001 9:20 AM
The item that's got my interest is their Sidi Genius 3 price of $105!!!

No one anywhere in the US has these for less than $178.

I guess I need to see if the shipping and duty charges make it worth it?

I was noticing their Conti prices as well ... maube I'll get a bunch of those as well ...
yeah, can't beat the prices on sidi's if you get your size(nm)steveq
Mar 16, 2001 11:09 AM
re: Total Cycling - Online Retailerbartali
Mar 16, 2001 9:26 AM
I've ordered from them twice.

Back in November I ordered a set of 2000 Campy Nucleons for $480 delivered. When I placed the order they said they were out and offered me the 2001 Nucleons for $505. I accepted. They arrived by USPS after 2 weeks.

I ordered 4 Conti GP 3000 that came with 4 Vittoria latex tubes and a Campy Record Carbon seat post. I believe the price came out to $225 delivered. The order was placed 5-March, and they arrived 14-March.

Give them 2 weeks for delivery and ignore their shipping time estimates. You can track your order and they are professional in their dealings.

I will order from them again in the future.
re: Total Cycling - Online RetailerMMaggi
Mar 16, 2001 9:31 AM
Order from them with confidence. You CAN'T beat the prices even with the shipping.

Don't pay attention to their delivery claims. Tell yourself you'll receive the shipment in 2-3 weeks, not within 3-5 days.

If the waiting doesn't bother you, go for it because that's the ONLY downside (if you even want to call it a downside).
re: Total Cycling - Online RetailerTurtleherder
Mar 16, 2001 9:45 AM
I ordered Look 296 pedals from Total Cycling back in December. The price was unreal even for discontinued pedals. The shipping charge was $18.00 and they arrived at my door 10 days after I ordered them. No problem ordering from them again. I also have used Deeside Cycles, I ordered 2 Vredestein Tricomps and 2 Vittoria Open Corsa's. The shipping was more for them, $24.00. But I figured I saved at least $80.00 over the state side price. The delivery time from placing the order to when it arrived at my door was 14 days. Also, they promptly answer their e-mail.
re: Total Cycling - Online Retailerlook271
Mar 16, 2001 12:54 PM
Go ahead and buy from them. They are great! My last order I ordered a pair of ITM handlebars and it was taking an exceptionally long time to get them(my previous order arrived w/in 1 week), so I e-mailed them and one of the two owners/mgrs emailed me back saying that ITM was taking too long to fill their order so they shipped me a ITM millenium bar instead, hoping that it would make up for the inconveinience-the milleniums were at least $30 more than the ones I ordered!
re: Total Cycling - Online RetailerJeff
Mar 16, 2001 2:27 PM
I placed an order for LOOK PP296's on March 11th, they arrived via DHL yesterday (the 15th!).

I'll definately be using them again in the future!

shipping time varies??Craig
Mar 16, 2001 8:39 PM
I hear mixed stories about delivery time from these guys. I ordered the $105 Sidis and some tires on Monday 3/12/01 and according to the tracking on their site, the stuff hasn't been shipped yet.

All of the 'four days from Ireland to delivery in the US' stories must be 'best case scenarios'.

I think I'll try to be patient as someone said earlier and give them 2 weeks.

Keep in mind, no USA warranty.Ian
Mar 17, 2001 11:49 AM
I see the discussion started with Sidi and has expanded to Look pedals and Vredestein tires. Keep in mind these brands purchased from Total Cycling will not carry a USA warranty. Veltec is the only authorized USA distributor of these brands. They distribute product to your LBS, Colorado Cyclist and others. Any of these products purchased from one of these sources will be covered. But, when purchased from Total Cycling these products will be covered by an international warranty. You would either have to send them back to Total Cycling or Italy, France or Holland, depending on the brand. These are all quality products, so I would hope this won't be a problem. But, just one thing you should know.

Keep in mind, no USA warranty.Ron W
Mar 17, 2001 7:52 PM
The same is true with MAVIC products. Freight to Europe is not cheap. A set of wheels sent to Europe will set you back around $160-180. Shipping costs are not subsidized in the US like they are in Europe.
re: Total Cycling - Online Retailertipotex
Mar 18, 2001 6:58 AM
Ditto on the shipping comments elsewhere in this thread -- don't expect the items as quickly as they promise. They use a private freight handler to get their stuff to a FedEx depot in England. In my case, some LOOK pedals apparently got sidetracked or delayed during this process. One of the owners was responsive by e-mail, however, and ultimately gave me a discount on their already rock-bottom price. So I'd say go ahead if you don't need immediate delivery, and be sure to understand the hassles you may have to deal with if you need to ship back a return, etc.