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REI road bikes?(8 posts)

REI road bikes?mattcrout
Mar 28, 2003 1:18 PM
what do people think of the REI road bikes? my friend e-mail me and said:
"I was looking into getting a touring bike today - the randonee. I would use it for tooling around the city, but also for going on some longer rides. It has Shimano Tiagra line of components, but Sora shifters.... Good deal or bad deal? Good bike or bad bike for my stated goals? And finally, is it worth the money? It is listed at 750, but, with a number of gift certificates, my dividend and my 10% discount, I can get it for about 550 plus tax"

any thoughts?
re: REI road bikes?jaybird
Mar 28, 2003 1:37 PM
A couple of things. REI makes great bikes. They are made in Taiwan but they come from some of the same factories that make alot of the other bikes that come from Taiwan. REI has some pretty rigid qualifications for bike techs and best of all they are very good at standing behind the 100% satisfation gaurantee.

If you buy something on sale you do not get your dividend on it. I have a feeling that you are a little confused about the 10% discount. Because you are a member you get your dividend which is roughly equal to 10%, it varies year to year depending on the profitability of the Co-op. Many people confuse this with an automatic 10% discount. If you argue you will get 10% off of the bike but you will not get the dividend on it as well. I recomend just taking the dividend at the end of the year, it usually works out a little better.

Don't forget the 100% satisfaction policy. Worked there for several years and have seen people return hiking boots that they have hiked the appilacian trail in and they returned them becuase the soles were coming unglued or they were no longer waterproof... We didn't encourage that but sometimes people take things to extremes. Also, every thing that you buy there is tracked, and they can almost always tell when you bought soemthing and how much you paid.

Its a great bike and a great company to buy products from!
REI: You get 10% off one item when you spend your divdend. . .czardonic
Mar 28, 2003 2:27 PM
. . .before March 30th. Sale items not included.
Excellent value for a loaded touring bike.Lon Norder
Mar 28, 2003 1:54 PM
My friend has one. We recently rode the length of Baja California and his bike had no problems. That's his bike behind the guy with the cerveza (me). It's kind of a tank, though. Pretty heavy. I'd recommend something lighter if your friend is into more high-performance riding.
How long didshamelessgearwhore
Mar 28, 2003 3:15 PM
the trip down Baja take?
14 days, but we didn't do much besides ride.Lon Norder
Mar 28, 2003 3:50 PM
That's all the time we had off work, so we had to spend most of the day in the saddle. We stuck to the main road which is paved and in pretty good shape. It's about 1000 miles.

We stayed in motels except for two nights when we slept in the desert because the distance between towns was too large. Water and supplies weren't a problem.

It's a really awesome place. Beautiful desert scenery and very friendly people. I highly recommend checking the place out if you've never been there.
Sora ShiftersUncleMoe
Mar 28, 2003 2:32 PM
I have a Bianchi Brava, $699 I recall, and it has Sora shifters. I bought it to supplment MTB'ing with some road work and commuting to work. It has more of an upright feel to it for touring also.

This bike came with Sora components, I've put well over 7500 miles on it, and I have no compaints. For racing or aggressive recreational rides it is a no brainer, but for how your friend intends to use it I'd say it is more than good.
re: REI road bikes?DaveG
Mar 28, 2003 3:47 PM
I have an older Randonee ('97). Its a decent bike and I thought the price was right. It is a true touring bike and is no lightweight, so if you are leaning towards performance it may not be the best bet. I did one tour with my Randonee and now mainly use it as my winter bike. Its built like a tank so its great for bad weather and roads.