Today many people start their research about new products and services on the Internet. If you are looking for a new bicycle that is probably what you’ve done, too. It may be what has brought you to this website in the first place.
However, even though the Internet in general, and this website in particular, are a great source of information, they can only tell you how to look for a bicycle. It’s impossible to get a feeling for a bike by just looking at the pictures online.
While buying a bicycle online maybe cheaper than buying one in a regular bricks-and-mortar store, you can’t try out a variety of bikes online, which is something you should do if you plan on riding a lot. This is especially important if you are a woman below 5 feet 4 inches, or a really tall man.
For this reason, if you decided to get a bicycle, you absolutely need to find a good bike shop. Every good experience begins with finding a quality store with knowledgeable staff.
Get started with reading some reviews online. Today sites such as Yelp, have plenty of information about all kinds of businesses, including bike shops. If you don’t live in a metropolitan area and online reviews in your area are scarce, look for online forums and Facebook groups for athletes, especially those interested in triathlons.
While you may not be interested in completing a triathlon yourself, professional and amateur athletes in your area are likely to have all the information about bicycles and bicycle shops you need.
Make a list of the bicycle shops in your area and visit their websites. Most quality shops don’t just sell bicycles, they also help cyclists maintain their machines and serve as community hubs for athletes. One of the signs of a good bike shop is that it sponsors or organizes events and maintenance workshops. Some shops even have their own teams and lead bicycle group rides.