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Need help....Where to buy my future bike?(5 posts)

Need help....Where to buy my future bike?swinman
Mar 17, 2002 6:56 PM
I'm trying to decide whether to purchase a bike from Colorado Cyclist. I have read quite alot of posts on this site about buying a new bike, and I don't live in an area where I can get the same good prices on bikes mentioned here. I'm looking for an Ultegra set-up. I am new to cycling and am eager to get a bike. All advice would be appreciated. BTW at the LBS in my area a bike with Ultegra is around $2200.
i know it gets a bit tiring to repeat but...Spirito di Finocchio
Mar 17, 2002 7:15 PM
you could do a lot worse than buying from GVH bikes.

he has a wide array of frames, is pretty competetive price wise (ultegra bikes for $1295), and has a good rep as far as if you are not happy. he does really well and will build it with whatever you would like.

if you can measure yourself up and be sure of what size you will need then you are half way there. whatever you buy try to make sure the frame and parts are balanced in terms of quality ie dont go overboard on the most extravagant seatpost and then fit a cheapie set of pedals.

and take your time in deciding. your bike is out there and your options are many.

save some coin for a good helmet, shorts and shoes if you dont have them already. dont skimp here. comfort is key.

and make sure its pretty ;-)
i know it gets a bit tiring to repeat but...swinman
Mar 17, 2002 7:20 PM
Where do I find GVH bikes?
Mar 17, 2002 7:44 PM
pretty good prices.
re: Need help....Where to buy my future bike?tarwheel
Mar 18, 2002 5:58 AM
I bought a bike last year from Excelsports, one of Colorado Cyclists main competitors. I was also considering a bike from CC, but they were a little more expensive than Excel and wouldn't let me swap parts. Excel let me add or drop components from the build kit I wanted and were generally more helpful. That said, I wouldn't hesitate to buy from Colorado Cyclist if the price was right. I also considered GVH Bikes, and very possibly might have bought a bike from him, but he went on vacation for 2 weeks at just the time I was ready to order and I needed the new bike for an upcoming trip.

I bought mail/phone order because I wanted a nice steel frame and none of my local bike shops carried anything but LeMonds, which don't fit me. I also saved about $500 from what it would have cost me to special order a steel frame and build it up at a LBS. It was a no brainer for me. I understand the sentiment for supporting the LBS, but when you've got a certain budget to meet, it's hard justifying spending $500 more -- or downgrading your bike to match local prices. In my area, the bike shops basically cater to two markets, the low-end aluminum frame crowd and the expensive ti/carbon crowd. Try to find a reasonably priced steel bike (other than LeMond) and you're out of luck.