I know...I'm beating a dead horse here, but...sanjuro said:Bikes Direct recommends you bring your bike to a professional shop, which adds another $60-80 to the cost of the bike. After you ride your bike a month, you will need to bring it back to the shop for minor adjustments, another $60-80, then every 6 months after that.
When buying a bike from a dealer, you have more of a guarantee of a perfect assembled and adjusted bike, and you get the advice and friendship of the staff there.
When you buy a bike online, all you get is a bike and a deal.
Frankly, this does not apply to every one. A lot of people service their own bikes without assistance of a bike shop.Konish said:I know...I'm beating a dead horse here, but...
Why is that when buying bikes online, folks come out of the wood-work adding all these phantom costs of ownership? Your scenario presents a conservative cost of about $240 all the way to $320 for the first year(ish) and $120 to $160 / year after that to keep a bike in riding tune? I built an online bike from frame up and my bike works great, and I don't find myself needing to tinker with it over and over.
He said he was mechanically inclined...and it's *not* the space shuttle. All of those "details" are exactly what this board is for. Besides, would it not be possible to buy a service contract from an LBS and develop a relationship with them through parts and service? Of course it is.
My highly recommended LBS in OKC (I bought a GF Big Sur from them) just could not tune a bike to my liking. Why? Because I was just one more bike that they needed to tune...no special friendship or consideration...business is business. When I decided that I was going to start tuning the bike myself for my specific desire, I hit the internet and learned a ton, bought a basic bike-specific tool kit and had at it. I can tune my bikes exactly how I like, test ride and fine-tune if needed.
Sorry, I guess I just don't totally buy into the panacea of the LBS especially if your intent is to do your own work anyway.
To the OP: IMHO spend your money where you perceive the most value can be had...
I'm sorry, but I'm not following you...exactly *what* does not apply to everyone?sanjuro said:Frankly, this does not apply to every one. A lot of people service their own bikes without assistance of a bike shop.
However, your opinion, while valid, is simply your own. My opinion is the hundreds of bikes I have sold and serviced. And I will say majority of them go well. But I focus on the ones that needed more than just a little aftermarket service.
If this person is has decent mechanical skills and can invest some time in looking over repair manuals, he should be able to take care of most of the problems. But I have seen issues which had to be handled by a professional, which a Specialized dealer would be glad to take of but I doubt Bikes Direct will do.
There's better, try Zinn's Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance if you're going to buy one IMHO; parktool.com on line is quite good as well. Just curious, do you return it to the library with greasy fingerprints after working on your bike?Stewmander said:I borrowed this maintenance and repair book from my local library and found it very detailed and easy to follow. It would be a good resource for a beginner (like myself). If you decide to do some of your own work, check out your library or buy this book (its only $15).
Not everyones first language is english. The sooner you learn that, the better you'll be in the world.Mr. DiCenso said:use sentences!