Online retailer or lbs?
Whenever I need something new I shop there, but as I am usually skint (two small children) its not as often as I would like 😀
I might try asking for a discount, not down to the online price, I know they have additional bills to pay, bu some flexibility would help alot!Posted 4 years agoir_banditoSubscriber
Support the LBS!!!
You’ll miss it when its gone. 🙁
Yes, you pay a premium. But that premium is to be able to get the goods there and then, handle them, have a look, try kit on/out etc before purchase. It keeps the shop alive so when you’re doing last minute fettling the day before a big ride and you discover you need a new chain, you can get one and still ride, without waiting a day or 2.
Repeat purchases from them will probably gain you a discount int he future, they may even be happy to match online prices.
AgainPosted 4 years ago
Support the LBS!!!mickyMember
Can’t remember the last time I went into a LBS and they had in stock what I came in for. Decades ago when I used them before the internet there was only Shimano and and 1 wheel size without tubeless tyres etc etc. The range of products and and number of companies supplying them now is so huge that LBS have to be skilled in making sure they have the right fast moving products in stock. After many years of cycling you get knowlegable and need LBS advice less and end up with very specific needs such as a particular preferred tyre type for example. The chances of a LBS having that tyre in stock are minimal. Many people end up skilled in servicing their own bikes after time too. To me LBS need to find a way to attract & keep the experianced cyclists. I still use the LBS for my bike purchases though.Posted 4 years agophil40Subscriber
I am after a garmin gps unit and a gore jacket (wife has decreed i can treat myself as it’s father’s day) 😀
Looking online I can get both items for about £40 cheaper than going into my local shop, but in the past I have always bought local to try to support actual shops rather than just online retailers. Am I being a mug by paying the extra, or is local support worth it?Posted 4 years agofr0sty125Member
The idea that LBS have what you want when you want is bollocks I tried about 8 shops today in 2 cities and 2 towns and none of them had what I wanted so I just ordered off superstars. On the other hand I got a new bb from my LBS today and it was half the price of anywhere online I do try and use the LBS when I can afford to.Posted 4 years agomindmap3Member
My foot is pretty much in the online camp due to cost, availability and conveience. I can’t always get to bike shops because of work and there not being a good one locally, so buying online makes my life easier.
I do buy stuff from bike shops if one has what I want / need in stock.
The bike industry had made life difficult for the shops be creating more and more niches, new standards etc. How they are suposed to keep a range of stock in is beyond me, but the trouble is when I can’t get what I want I turn to the internet. A few clicks and its found and more often than not with me within a day or so.
In the OP’s situation, if they have what you want and you can get a bit of cash off, I’d happily use the shop.Posted 4 years agonwill1Member
For me value often (not always) is based on cost, I do have a good LBS which I use but when I can save £££’s I go online.
I look at prices online and always check with LBS is they can match/come close on price, if they can I’m there, if not I buy online, often though they still do alright as I will take stuff in & pay for it to be fitted. Crazy how you can buy something online, pay for getting it fitted at LBS and still save money. Everyone’s a winner in that situation.
KMC 10 Speed chain £17
Zee rear mech £35
XT Cassette £50
SLX Shifter £15
LBS quoted like for like fitted £200! With a young family & other hobbies I can hardly afford £63 for loyalty….business is business!Posted 4 years agogarage-dwellerSubscriber
Why are so many people so down on their lbs. They are great round here. A little flexibility, a little patience and most of my bike related needs are met. I also shop on online but mainly when money is supertight and i need something to deal with a breakage OR its not a normal line for the lbs/ isnt available through them.
Maybe we are blessed round here.Posted 4 years agobearnecessitiesSubscriber
LBS every single time. Garage Bikes Morley is my plug.
Top bloke, fantastic service and very reasonable prices.
He does what I want to do, what does the cost of a couple of bottles of wine mean to me if I get to chat to someone about bikes and support the local bike shop.
Mark my words, bike shops will be the future shortly. Get in now 😀Posted 4 years agodabMember
2 of my LBS’ s have closed in the last 18 months
I did buy some online stuff when I was a bit poor
But times are better and I’ve bought everything from
Pretty much one local ish shop , circa £800 in the last 5 weeks
It costs a few quid of diesel but already I’ve had
Great coffee , quality repairs and some loyalty credit which
Let me buy a few bits effectively free
A good bike shop is worth more than a few quid off
Use them whilst they are there and support them, especially when
They help you out sourcing kit – spares and all the weird and wonderful bits
For the record there are 2 bike shops within 4 miles
But they are greedy / incompetent / crap
So a big shout to Malcolm , Pete , Rich and Kev @Posted 4 years ago
Escape route Pitlochry for keeping the LBS alive and kicking
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