Independent bikes shops with a good online catalogue
Freeborn bikes, in Horsham.
Always helpful, and willing to order stuff that they don’t have.
Joe was particularly helpful in sorting out rotor lockring issues on a recent bike build.
I even popped over there to buy some socks, on Saturday…
…not that I needed an excuse to go for a ride.Posted 9 months agothenorthwindMember
Can anyone recommend some good bike shops with a comprehensive (of their stock) online catalogue?
Though I like the idea, I’m not a big fan of any of my LBSs, so I tend to end up ordering stuff off CRC or wherever. One of the big things that puts me off is not being able to find out whether they stock something and how much it is without calling round or visiting.
I’d like to use independents more, and I’m willing to accept that bits are more expensive. Which are the good ones? Charlie the Bikemonger is a good example, but he doesn’t have everything.Posted 9 months agodrewdSubscriber
Ribble and Merlin for me, as I used to work around the corner from Ribble, and now work a couple of miles from Merlin. My parents live in Rutland, so I sometimes check Rutland Cycles too if I am planning to visit them.
Although most use the above for mail order I have only ever bought stuff from them in their bricks and mortar stores. Are there any similar places with an online presence and actual stores near you?Posted 9 months agothenorthwindMember
edinburgh bike co op count?
I do use them sometimes, I’ve got a local branch so I can pick stuff up. Rarely seem to have what I need though, they seem more touring/family oriented.
I work in an LBS and the best thing to do is ring us, we know exactly what we have in stock.
As I said, that’s what I’m trying to avoid. I can’t do that before work/in the evening. Doesn’t work for me, sorry.
Too busy to constantly update the website. I suspect most LBS’s are the same
I can understand that. But I’m trying to make it worthwhile for the ones that do make an effort.
If I bookmark those suggested and try them first each time, I’ll have a list I can quickly try next time I need some stuff.
Thanks for the suggestions. Hargroves were the first place I tried and they have the bits I need now 🙂Posted 9 months agodeadkennySubscriber
Some bike shops with an online shop are different entities, where the online shop doesn’t relate to their LBS. The online may even be run by another company and the stock from a warehouse that serves multiple retailers. Or like a number of them the online stock is basically a listing of what they think they can get from distributors, and as I’ve found stock levels are based on what the distributor tells them.
It makes sense though for some to get some kind of online presence to boost the LBS business.Posted 9 months ago
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