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Poll : Did you test ride the last new frame you bought? nm(49 posts)

Poll : Did you test ride the last new frame you bought? nmBrianNYC
Aug 12, 2003 12:56 PM
Yes here. (nm)JL
Aug 12, 2003 1:02 PM
Clarification - Prior to purchasing it. nmBrianNYC
Aug 12, 2003 1:02 PM
Aug 12, 2003 1:04 PM
nope...nobody has 62cm colnagos built up to ride anyway.
yep, and four or five others. nmSao
Aug 12, 2003 1:06 PM
couldn't- same at the other end of the scaleboneman
Aug 12, 2003 1:07 PM
no one has 51 C40's built to test
Nope, just went by the tube specs.MR_GRUMPY
Aug 12, 2003 1:09 PM
Turned out just as I expected. Paint was just a little better than I expected.
nope nmgtx
Aug 12, 2003 1:11 PM
I didn't test ride the last 14 frames I bought (nm)terry b
Aug 12, 2003 1:11 PM
Nope - got it from Excel SportsLeroy
Aug 12, 2003 1:12 PM
by the specs. fits perfectly; rides great.
Aug 12, 2003 1:13 PM
... bought bare frames for my last few rides...

Be the bike.
No. Took a look at a similar sized frame for quality...Horace Greeley
Aug 12, 2003 1:15 PM
but no dealer around here as a full range of LOOK frames in stock. Had to drive to NYC to even see one (it wasn't even built). No regrets.
re: Poll : Did you test ride the last new frame you bought? nmrogue_CT1
Aug 12, 2003 1:19 PM
Nope. I have 3 bikes and I never rode any of them before buying them.

Colnago CT-1
bp Stealth AC/Tri

Luckily fit has never been a problem with any of them.
Aug 12, 2003 1:33 PM
I went to the Dean factory down the street and they measured me up and built one just for me. Fits great!
No (nm)52-16SS
Aug 12, 2003 1:48 PM
re: Poll : Did you test ride the last new frame you bought? nmil sogno
Aug 12, 2003 1:54 PM
Yes. A 49 cm Colnago Dream. Bicycle World USA in Santa Paula, CA built it up for me.
There's a bike shop in Santa Paula?!?!!!?!?!? nmThe Walrus
Aug 12, 2003 5:12 PM
There's a bike shop in Santa Paula?!?!!!?!?!? nmil sogno
Aug 14, 2003 4:30 PM
Bicycle World USA
135 E. Harvard Blvd
Santa Paula CA
No (ebay)DaveG
Aug 12, 2003 2:15 PM
Unless you want a average size Trek or Cannondale, its not easy to find a shop that will have something on the floor that you can actually test ride (at least for road bikes)
Nope-can't do that with custum built frameshuffer
Aug 12, 2003 2:21 PM
No, I trusted the LBS owner to steer me right...peter1
Aug 12, 2003 2:22 PM
...after all, I was spending a big hunk of money. I told him how I ride, how much I wanted to spend, and a general idea of what I was looking for (hi-end U.S. made steel), and he hooked me up with an IF Crown Jewel. I couldn't be happier.

There's no sense in a small shop keeping built-up high-end bikes as test rides. First time someone throws a leg over them, they lose a lot of value.
Yupmapei boy
Aug 12, 2003 2:31 PM
A test ride is an important (perhaps THE most important) component of the decision making process. Luckily, I ride a 52-53 cm frame, which means I can find a decent amount of them on shop floors. I also live in Los Angeles - a bike buyer's paradise.

A test ride provides a much needed dose of reality to the buying process. With a test ride, you get a much better idea of what you really want. For example, for years I dreamed of getting a titanium frame. Then I rode a couple. I was bored to death. Comfortable but numb. At the same time, I was continually warned against aluminum frames. Too harsh. Too unforgiving. Then I tried a handful of them. Yes, some were mean and stiff, but one (the Colnago Dream) was more mellow and friendly than the lugged Columbus SL steelie I was riding at the time. Plus, I really dug the sheer efficiency of the aluminum frames. I ended up going alu. I haven't regretted it one moment, either.

In short, you never know unless you swing a leg over it.
LA = Bike Buyer's Paradiselc21998
Aug 12, 2003 4:42 PM
How so?

Benjamin (a fellow Angeleno)
Yeah, I'd like to know about this paradise bidness, too...The Walrus
Aug 12, 2003 5:10 PM another SoCal resident; a lot of shops I've patronized in the past have gone belly up, and I'm not too impressed with what's out there.
Yeah, I'd like to know about this paradise bidness, too...mapei boy
Aug 13, 2003 10:21 AM
Bicycle John's in Burbank. Yes, the place can be ornery and overpriced, but they definitely got the goods. And if you handle them right, you can manage to ride quite a few.

Budget Bikes in Eagle Rock/Glendale. Interesting selection. Nicest people on the planet.

Cycle World in Northridge. A lot of low end stuff, but they do have some mid to high-end nuggets built up and ready to test-ride. Good folks, too.

Marina del Rey Bike Shop. Major attitude, but they will let you ride 'em if you have that appropriate West Side hauteur. A bike selection worthy of the gourmet shop at Harrods.

Helen's Bike Shop in Santa Monica. Upstairs lurks a plenitude of pulchritudinous pedaling platforms.

Supergo in Santa Monica. Yes, they're mean as snakes and as aggressive as killer bees, but they have a lot of bicycles and a lot of them are quite good.

Velo Pasadena. Colnago. Time. Weird Italian marques. Stalwart American Titaniums. Some testers built up, too.

Bicycle World in Santa Paula. A ways away and their selection is idiosyncratic. But it's also the place where they WILL let you take that 20 mile test ride into the hills. And if you do buy, they provide true five star service.
Hmmmmmmm...The Walrus
Aug 13, 2003 12:48 PM
...I agree about Budget. I know Paul from when he was running Bicycle Adrenaline in Simi Valley; truly a first-class guy.

The trouble with Cycle World is that the place changes hands so often you never know who's going to be working there when you go in. It's kind of a crapshoot...

Supergo is slowly coming back from the low point (the "Hey!
i Elton John
bought a couple of cheap bikes here" days), but they've got a ways to go before they deserve to be anyone's first choice.

I've encountered some of the dumbest salespeople at Helen's. Never again...

I don't need attitude when I'm making a purchase. Sometimes I get it at Bicycle John's, sometimes I don't. Wouldn't consider the MDR shop for that reason.

Never visited Velo Pasadena or Bicycle World, although I've had some strange conversations with the guy at VP on the phone. In Pasadena, I've dealt with Steve at Open Road, which is the sloppiest, most disorganized shop I've ever seen, but he comes through--he alone found a bike I was looking for when
i everyone
else said it was totally sold out.
Hmmmmmmm...mapei boy
Aug 13, 2003 2:16 PM
Yeah, yeah. None of them are perfect. You always have to take the bitter along with the sweet. But I was just at Bicycle John's about an hour ago. The staff couldn't have been more solicitous. And Cycle World has indeed had the same ownership coming on a couple years now. As for Open Road, I love the place dearly and patronize them often, even if I do sometimes feel I'm rummaging through a junk pile. Steve's clothing selection is truly second to none. You want that Maglia Rosa? Wanna be just like Simoni and Pretty in Pink? They got it.
No - Bought Online! nmGeoCyclist
Aug 12, 2003 2:43 PM
Aug 12, 2003 3:10 PM
The only bike I've ever test ridden first was the one I sold after only having it one month.
Aug 12, 2003 3:16 PM
It would be nice to have a LBS with a stable of high-end rides in my size that they don't mind lending out for an afternoon ride. I've never seen such a thing, unfortunately.

I had enough experience to know what frame dimensions work for me. Bought the bike online and it fits like a glove.
YupMel Erickson
Aug 12, 2003 3:19 PM
It was in 2002. A Giant XTC NRS1 mountain bike. Complete bike, not a frame. Giant has weird sizing and I wanted to know if it would fit. Took it for a 45 min. off road ride. That test ride convinced me it would be fine, whereas sitting on it in the shop it felt small and I'm kinda between sizes. Otherwise nope. Other than the Giant I haven't bought a new bike since I was 12 (50 now) and I've got seven. Except for the Giant my last three bikes were purchased online with no chance of test riding. Every one has worked out great but I've got a fair amount of experience and did my research so I felt pretty confident they would work out. It doesn't hurt to be an insensitive lout, either.
re: Poll : Did you test ride the last new frame you bought? nmPDF
Aug 12, 2003 3:37 PM
Negatory. Specs versus aram/leg/torso measurments taken at Excels sports, Boulder. Fits and rides great.
No, bought online. nmLon Norder
Aug 12, 2003 3:53 PM
Nope--Atlantis by mail, trusted Grant & it worked. (nm)retro
Aug 12, 2003 3:55 PM
No-faxed the builder my fit info and only made one mistake..koala
Aug 12, 2003 5:33 PM
The headtube is a bit short, but alas a flipped stem (yuk) and Im good.
no on last 2 framesmoschika
Aug 12, 2003 8:23 PM
no on my last mtb and no on my incoming road.

both custom jobbers. both spec'ed based on what i liked and didn't like on my preceeding bikes, one of which i had test road before buying.
road: yes; mtn: no_rt_
Aug 13, 2003 5:11 AM
road frame was stock & available for test riding. mtn frame was custom.

no nmthe bull
Aug 13, 2003 5:12 AM
Nope. Bought it on e-bay.KG 361
Aug 13, 2003 6:33 AM
I pretty much knew how it would ride, having another Look cf frame before it.
no. last 9 internet bought. still have 7 of them. nmJS Haiku Shop
Aug 13, 2003 6:55 AM
9??? I've seen 3 maybe? What else you got?SpecialTater
Aug 13, 2003 8:41 AM
I've seen poop green and merckx and mtb. What else and when will you sell another and what size are they?
9??? I've seen 3 maybe? What else you got?JS Haiku Shop
Aug 13, 2003 10:51 AM
Surly Cross-Check
Surly Steamroller
Merckx Strada OS
Merckx Elite (frame) ETA full build December 2003
Zeus Pro (frame) ETA full build April 2004
Look KG286 (frame) ETA full build next week
Tange Ultimate (frame) ETA full build when pigs fly

all 7 above bought online

Specialized Rockhopper--bought in Oxford MS

and I purchased online and sold on eBay (after much riding, of course) an uncomfy Cannondale--my first road bike, bought on the MTBR classifieds before this board existed--...and a Bianchi Giro, purchased from GVH.

i've also bought numerous garage sale bikes, cleaned 'em up, and put them on eBay for 350-800% ROI.

oh, and i also have a couple cruisers, a raleigh 3-speed rustbucket, and a really, really old huffy 3-speed cruiser. and a few others i've liberated curbside on garbage day. :)
Nope - But Matched Geometry From Current BikeFred the Cross Poser
Aug 13, 2003 7:41 AM
My last purchase was a BIanchi Pista which I ordered from a Not-so-local bike stre sight unseen. But, I had spent the time browsing the Bianchi website and knew which size matched my current bikes for fit.

Doing the same now with a Bianchi Ibex MTB...
No. Last 3 bought on-line or mail-order/phone.tarwheel
Aug 13, 2003 7:54 AM
Limited selection of decent road bikes in my size, geometry and budget where I live.
Aug 13, 2003 8:55 AM
I was in Tuscany, it was a Colnago C-40, and dammit, I just wanted it. I didn't even see it until 3 months after I ordered it.
Nope. Custom, not possible. No worries, though. NMjtolleson
Aug 13, 2003 10:10 AM
Nope. (nm)djg
Aug 13, 2003 1:28 PM
No. Custom: by e-mail and phone (nm)mickey-mac
Aug 13, 2003 2:37 PM
Yes on the last two. nmMikeBiker
Aug 14, 2003 4:58 PM