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How about creating our own internet Bike Buyer's Guide?(1 post)

How about creating our own internet Bike Buyer's Guide?lanternrouge
Aug 29, 2002 7:00 AM
Who do you buy from and why? Where do you go to find the deals, the closeouts, the best advice...and so on.

What do you think of creating our own list??? Add to this list...(Also, don't forget to include your own LBS if you have one you like/dislike)

i Suggested rating system (0-5 with 5 being the highest):

i Road Kill Rating: x/5 squirrels - how would you rate this store overall?
i Newbie Rating: x/5 - would you recommend a newbie use this store?

For example:

b Store: GVH Bikes, Coos Bay, OR
URL: www.gvhbikes.com
Contact: Gary Hobbs
email: GVHBikes1@aol.com
Phone: (541)266-8831
Speciality: road bikes, particularly for those looking for first good frame
Pros: good advice, good prices, good reputation, easy to work with
Cons: none ???
Road Kill Rating: 5/5 squirrels
Newbie Rating: 4/5 possums

b Store: WrenchScience, Berkley, CA
URL: www.wrenchscience.com
Contact: Tim Medina
email:
Phone: (510) 841-4748 Toll Free: (866) 497-3624
Speciality: high-end road/mtn bikes
Pros: on-line fit algorithm
Cons: expensive
Road Kill Rating: 3/5 squirrels
Newbie Rating: 2/5 possums

b Store: Total Cycling, Northern Ireland
URL: www.Totalcycling.com
Contact:
email:
Phone:
Speciality: mail order/retail selling a select
range of high end components; over 70 frame mfg, including Colnago, DeRosa, Look, Litespeed and Tifosi.
Pros: good reputation; good source for high end frames, wheels, components & accessories at good prices
Cons: No warranty; may be subject to import duties; shipping overseas; you need to know what you want
Road Kill Rating: 5/5 squirrels if you can deal w/ordering overseas
Newbie Rating: 0/5 possums

b Store: Chuck's Bikes
URL: www.chucksbikes.com
Contact: Chuck
email: orders@chucksbikes.com
Phone:
Speciality: closeouts
Pros: great prices; great deals
Cons: no warranty; usually no-name brands; you need to do your research
Road Kill Rating: 4/5 squirrels if you know what you are doing
Newbie Rating: 0/5 possums

b Store: Chicagoland Bikes, Chicago, IL
URL: www.cbikes.com
Contact:
email: sales@cbike.com
Phone: (773) 445-0811
Speciality: They refer to themselves as a Pro Cycling store
Pros: high end bike source
Cons: usually expensive; sometimes can find good deals
Road Kill Rating: 2/5 squirrels if you know what you are doing
Newbie Rating: 2/5 possums

b Store: RBR Classified
URL: www.roadbikereview.com
Contact:
email:
Phone:
Speciality: source for used bikes & components
Pros: usually can save a lot over a new bike
Cons: need to know fit; unknown seller; need to ask questions & do research; no warranty
Road Kill Rating: 4/5 squirrels if you know what you are doing
Newbie Rating: 1/5 possums

b Store: eBay
URL: www.ebay.com
Contact:
email:
Phone:
Speciality: source for used bikes
Pros: may be able to find a good deal
Cons: may be risky; need to buy from seller w/positive rating; need to know fit; unknown seller; need to ask questions & do research; no warranty
Road Kill Rating: 3/5 squirrels if you know what you are doing
Newbie Rating: 1/5 possums