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Canadian equivalent to Nashbar?(14 posts)

Canadian equivalent to Nashbar?klippur
Nov 20, 2002 4:30 PM
Hello fellow Canadian riders. I have been trying to find any descent Canadian online cycling retailers with no luck. Does anyone out there know of any. I am looking for a pair of road shoes but am having a hard time giving into the steep prices that my LBS charge, especially when the same shoes can be found for a fair bit cheaper on online US sites like Nashbar. But shipping and duty that one pays when ordering from the states seems to make it not really worth it. Any canadian site sugggestions would be greatly appreciated.
would that be Nashbar-eh?gregario
Nov 20, 2002 5:14 PM
Labicicletta.comLone Gunman
Nov 20, 2002 5:15 PM
Toronto I believe. Got some good prices on kit and tires in the past.
Second Labicicletta.com: Helmets, components best price nmSpunout
Nov 21, 2002 4:44 AM
Labicicletta.compmf1
Nov 21, 2002 5:50 AM
Their main store is in Toronto and they have another in Niagra Falls.

I've bought a bunch of stuff from them, including a Litespeed Ultimate frame, and always been pleased. Good prices and service.

I'd be kinder to them than calling them the Canadian Nashbar. They are a cut above that. Whoever you talk to on the phone will be knowledgable. I'd say closer to the Colorado Cyclist or Excel of Canada (with better prices).
re: Velotique is one betChainstay
Nov 20, 2002 6:21 PM
Especially if you are looking for shoes they have a good selection of clothing and accessories. I don't think their prices are that hot but they are nice people with a passion for what they do http://www.velotique.com/ They have a good paper catalogue. Another possibility is Endurosport at http://www.endurosport.com/ . They cater primarily to triathletes and like La Bicicletta they are primarily a store. On La Bicicletta they seem to have good prices and support some big brands like Colnago, Lightspeed and Merlin. There are no pure catalogue + on-line bike retailers in Canada so keep your friends at your LBS
Time for MEC to expand....?tremblay
Nov 20, 2002 10:15 PM
Maybe it's time a place like MEC expands their bicycle product offerings.

Considering that they sell almost everything one might need for other sports offerings, perhaps they can expand their bike products line so more serious riders can fully utilize their service.

For starters, they could sell more shoes, a lot more shoes. Second, they should sell gruppos, wheels, and parts. Finally, I think they should sell frames. If they are going to be selling canoes and kayaks, why not biycyle frames?

But alas, a Canadian can only dream for something so ideal...
Lets go vote at the meeting then! It is a Co-Op (nm)Spunout
Nov 21, 2002 4:45 AM
Just e-mailed this thread to MEC - hope it'll make a difference!BowWow
Nov 20, 2002 10:42 PM
Meanwhile, since I live just 30 minutes from the border and 200 km from Calgary (too far to shop regularly!), I do a LOT of shopping online. I just have the stuff shipped to a gas station near the border on the US side and fetch it across myself. Half the time I don't even need to pay duty or GST!
thanks for the help, hopefully MEC will get things 'rolling'klippur
Nov 20, 2002 11:11 PM
thanks for the help, hopefully MEC will get things 'rolling'Chainstay
Nov 21, 2002 6:22 PM
I just ordered a pair of tights, a wind vest a pair of arm warmers and a nice pair of wool socks. $100 plus tax and I rec'd it in two days. I like their wind vest because it has a mesh back and two big pockets
Canadian Tire?Alexx
Nov 21, 2002 5:13 AM
Hey, these guys stock EVERYTHING!!!
Canadian Tire? Bwahhahhaaaahaaa! It'll never happen.nmSpunout
Nov 21, 2002 5:27 AM
Buy a Serotta with Crappy Tire DollarsChainstay
Nov 21, 2002 6:20 PM
Just emailed this thread to Canadian Tire. I have a huge wad of that stuff and I'm a little short of the other right now.