Questions tagged [shopping]

For questions about shopping for bicycles or other equipment; please note that questions seeking product recommendations are off-topic, because they tend to become obsolete quickly.

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How to choose a Local Bike Shop

I have moved yet again and I am trying to find a LBS that I trust in my new city. How do you evaluate a LBS given that you are paying them for services that you don't understand. (If you did ...
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Do helmets really lose their quality with time even if kept in package?

A friend of mine, who works as a sales manager in a good bike shop advised me to never buy a helmet that is older than couple of years, and the best thing to do is to buy the current model line, when ...
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Why are most BSOs mountain bikes?

All department store bikes, that I have witnessed, are mountain bikes. Many of them are even full suspension and some feature dual-crown forks. Why the lack of BSO (Bicycle Shaped Object) road bikes?
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What do you wish you knew you before you bought your first nice bike? [closed]

I am planning on purchasing my first nice bike ($500-$1000, nice to me is not a walmart bike) and am cautious due to the Dunning Kruger effect. I have never had a bike not from walmart before, and ...
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How should I negotiate price with bicycle salespeople?

Aside from just knowing the best time to make the purchase of your bike, what other specific tactics can I make use of in negotiating price on a bike? For instance, what devalues a bike aside from ...
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BSO identification for amateurs

I'm a biking amateur, but I've been wanting to upgrade and get more serious. Just recently, I was gifted a pretty new bike and I'm wanting to figure out how BSO it is so I can either upgrade it or ...
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Does it makes sense to buy a new cycle to learn riding?

I am a complete newbie in the cycling world but I want to learn to cycle and use it to explore the city and the places yonder. I also intend to use it to ride daily to office gradually. So my ...
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Best sources for inexpensive cycling clothing [closed]

I've been commuting to work this summer and have realized I need to build up my supply of activewear, but have so far been largely turned off by the price. What are good sources of decent and ...
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Does it matter where you buy the bike?

You can buy the same bike at different stores (see for example the Schwinn Discover, here, here, and here). Does the place where you buy the bike from matter in terms of what parts they put on it? Or ...
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How useful/valuable is internal cabling?

I'm in the market for a new bike. I'm not a club rider but a utilitarian one: I commute on my bike, visit friends and run errands. On average I probably ride 2-4 miles per day, almost entirely on good ...
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Importance of tire width

How much of an impact does tire width have on the performance of a bicycle? I am in the process of buying my first real bicycle and am having trouble deciding between a more traditional road bike ...
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Buying rear rack during pandemic crisis - go real bottom, up high, or wait?

As you may know from my other question, I'm putting together a bike to commute. I'm big, heavy, and roads will be paved only first half of the way. I will need to buy a rear rack for my bike. Thanks ...
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What to buy when looking for a low maintenance city bike that allows sportive riding

I just want to replace my good old 50€ used Peugeot City Bike, that has served me well for the past year, but has some problems (like ribbed Steel Rims) that are hard to overcome. I want something ...
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Dual position air, solo air, coil, rebound: what do they mean about forks?

Lyric is available as Dual Position Air/ Solo Air / Coil. What do those terms mean generally? My speculations are leading me nowhere. If Dual Air means no hydraulic cylinder, how can the fork have ...
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What are the advantages of a building an electric bike from a kit vs. prebuilt

I'm trying to decide on what would be the best option for me for my first electric bike. I need a way to get around, and as I live on a hill where I will have to manage a fairly steep incline coming ...
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What are some red flags to look for when buying a used road bike?

I will be buying my first road bike (after 15 years with the same mountain bike) and I have found many for sale on Kijiji. When I go look at the bikes, what should be some red flags that turn me away ...
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What are good bicycle review and comparison sites? [closed]

I'm thinking of buying a new road bike on the new year but I'm unsure which model to go for. Are there any websites that maintain comparisons of currently available models?
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Why do new road bikes come with handlebar tape attached?

It appeared to me that typically new bikes are sold with tape already installed on the bars. That is both buying from a local bike store (LBS) or online. (Please correct me if I'm wrong, I have not ...
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What to check when trying a bike from a shop?

A common answer when people ask about frame size/geometries is to go to the local bike shop and ask to try the bike. No discussion of course, in an ideal world, it would be better to be able to try a ...
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What bike/helmet camera resolution is needed in order to read licence plates?

Has anyone had any success with cameras that can resolve the license plates of vehicles that are near the bike? What resolution will be needed if we want to be able to read license plate later on? ...
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Specialized bike store or general sports shop

I plan to buy a new bicycle. Is it better to buy it at a specialized bike store or at a general sports shop? In case it matters, I live in Vienna, Austria. I know very little about bicycles in ...
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What should I do at, and what should I know about, bike shows?

The Toronto bike show is this weekend. I've never been to it, in previous years, or to any other. Apart from what my LBS told me briefly about the show last year, and the show's web site, I don't know ...
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Best place to shop for parts in Canada (used parts)

What is the best place to buy bike components that will ship to Canada? I would prefer a Canadian company or someone who ships within Canada to avoid large shipping costs and inport duty. I am ...
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Do Bike stores allow you to ship a bike to them to assemble?

I live in Orlando, Florida, and I am stuck with no transportation besides public buses, taxis, etc. as my bike literally fell apart in pieces in the middle of a road. I am looking to purchase a new ...
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New suspension fork - how much should I care for locking on the handlebar?

I'm putting together a bike that will allow me to go to work. I work in a warehouse outside of the city I live in, and I want to avoid roads trucks take because I haven't ride a bike for about ten ...
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Replacing mountain bike bars & stem with drop bars

I have a mid-1990s Specialized Rockhopper. I've trashed the flat bars that were on it previously and I want to install drop bars, but to make that comfortable for me I'll want a shorter and higher ...
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Disadvantages of using QR->Thru Axle Adapters?

I have a 100x15 front 142x12 rear cyclocross frame. I'm considering getting mid range wheels with quick releases that come with thru axle adapters. The wheels are lighter and better than most options ...
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Finding a road bike for 5'2'' girlfriend

Last year I bought myself a used (although almost never ridden) road bike from around 1985. I love the bike. It is reasonably light and I love the diamond geometry. My girlfriend wants to get a ...
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How to identify if a frame has a durable paint job?

Context I currently have a Merida Speeder 200 which I use as my everyday bike with a chain lock (mandated by the insurance). When (un)locking, the chain may sway around and hit the frame, chipping of ...
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What is the markup on bikes sold in stores?

What is the general markup on bikes sold in stores, specifically bikes sold in bike shops, i don't care about the markup in stores like wal-mart or target.
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1980's bike vs New(er) Models? (Should one stay with an ancient bike?)

I have been cycling on a Centurion Pro Tour that was constructed sometimes in the 1980's - probably late 1980's, but still. It works great. It coasts downhill far faster than my hybrid, it doesn't ...
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Shimano PD-6800 vs PD-9000 pedals

Other than a 12g saving in weight and the Dura Ace label, are there any further potential reasons to prefer Shimano PD-9000 pedals over PD-6800? Edit: This question is specifically about pedals ...
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How can I carry a heavy bag without a rack?

I want to buy a heavy 20kg bag of rice and bring it home. The problem is that I only have access to a bike without any rack or formal way to store bags. The bag is too big to fit in my backpack. The ...
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Where to buy bar end shifters

I would really like to pickup a pair of bar end shifters but none of my local bike shops are able to get any for me. My local bike dump laughed in my face when I asked them where I should/could find ...
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Any source for Shimano shoelaces?

I have a pair of Shimano SPD-compatible shoes that have served me well and have a couple more years of good service in them. But the shoelaces are about to disintegrate. I've looked online and at ...
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Is there any objective downside to riding a women's bike as a man?

I'm shopping around for a cheap, cruiser-style bike for my commute. As an example, AroundtheBlock from sixthreezero seems like it would fit my needs. However, the colors of their men's bike are really ...
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Is there a collective name for the non-groupset parts?

I would like to estimate the price of a bike if bought in parts. One thing is the frame, that is easy. The front and rear shock can also easily be checked out as individual components. Tires A ...
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Best Time to buy new bike? [duplicate]

I have been looking around bikes for a while tried about 10 bikes already and rode about 10 miles on each of them and I think I have come to a conclusion about which one to buy (or did I?) But the ...
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What parameters are important when replacing a rear hub?

My rear hub is damaged. I have not yet inspected the source of the damage, but the wheel is moving sideways when rotating (a LOT), plus I rode it like this for about 35km. Therefore, I find it ...
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Selecting a compatible BB: spindle offset

Replaced Shimano Bottom Bracket, now front derailleur won't shift to largest gear How do I measure a bottom bracket? I thought the only thing that mattered when replacing a bottom bracket was the ...
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Gravel and MTB: What film to use to protect for rocky riding? and what parts?

What do the parts of the carbon frame need to be protected for rocky trail? And, what do you use to protect the carbon down tube for rocky riding? EDIT: Some people used to install "Paint ...
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Does there exist a non-electric bike that can go 60mph (95 km/h)?

I recently ran into this article here where a woman bikes at about 184 mph (295 km/h). Now certainly there were some crazy ideal conditions here like an extra special bike and clothes, drafting behind ...
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Getting my first Road Bike

Background info about me: Previously, most of my riding was done in the desert on a mountain bike. That was a different time and different era (when the beer belly was not around mostly!). Since ...
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My LBS does not carry fixed-gear/single-speed parts. What next?

Question Changed. See Below for Original. My local bike shop neither carries fixed-gear/single-speed parts nor is very knowledgable about the topic. Should I find an online storefront to take its ...
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Single-speed vs Multi-speed bike purchase

I am looking at buying my first bike as an adult. I grew up in a neighborhood that was very hilly, so am used to getting bikes with gears to be able to do hills more easily. I now live somewhere ...
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Why 2021 top-tier road bike are so dark? Is black/dark better looking or good looking is nothing at all anymore? [closed]

Why 2021 new road bike are so black and dark? And, most of them, the bike brand is even invisible. The kind of color makes the bike looks like a "semi-finished product" (un-painting product)....
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How to “shop” for bikes via mail order

What is a good method for finding a bike which matches my riding style, body measurements and bank account size when not able to actually go and try the given candidate bike model(s) in-person? In my ...
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What type of bike has the most similar feel to a stationary bike? [closed]

At the moment I cycle half an hour every evening, on a crappy indoor stationary bike. BUT I'm pretty good, get some good speeds and distances etc. I want to start cycling outside again, I want a bike ...
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What are some other places to buy MTB frames online? [closed]

I am looking for sites that sell bike frames online. i find many sites list all things (forks) but stop short with frames. The best places I have found are: http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/ and ...
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What are the considerations before buying a Full Suspension bike (India)?

I am planning on buying a new Full-Suspension Bike withing few months specially to use in hilly terrain. So far I've been to few hills around my home town, they are roughly 100-400 meters high. What ...