This is not a discussion on the bike shop business or retail on the internet.I really know very little on either topic.
I do understand that shopping on the internet provides many benefits, choices, competitive purchase price and variety.
So what are the reasons to shop at the local bike shop, do you really have to ask?
1) Supporting the Local Economy
Keep jobs local.
2) Try before you buy
Getting a feel of the product. Ability to compare one item with another.
3) Service and Maintenance
The Local Bike Shop is available to provide ongoing service.
Forming a relationship with LBS can lead to other local contacts and associations.
5) They support Cycling Community
The Local Bike Shop is good for the cycling community.
6) Bike Fit
You are more likely that the bike you purchase will be correctly fitted for you.
7) Sale Items
There is a better chance that you to pick up a bargain.
The Local Bike Shop is likely to take more care with assembly and finish of the product they sell.
9) After Sale Value
By arrangement the Local Bike Shop is able to swap items that may not be preferred at initial purchase.
10) Personal Service
There is a customer relationship that provides value.
11) Local Conditions and Regulations
The Local Bike Shop can provide a product that meets local rules and regulations.
The Local Bike Shop is in the best position to deal with any issues arising with warranty.
Cycling Nerds work at the Local Bike Shop.
Is there are a better way to spend a few spare minutes?
15) Better Quality
Because you are local they are less likely to sell you a dud item.
Minor issues and questions regarding purchased products are quickly dealt with.
17) Better Value
The sum ot the total adds up to better value.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Robert Gaggini is founder of Adelaide Cycling Academy and owner of Infuga Retreat. As a cycling coach Robert brings years of experience to a wide range of Cycling Activities.
Winner of multiple cycle races including Mt Gambier 100mile classic 2005, and Alphutte 2003, (4th in 2012). Participant in a variety of endurance events including Paris-Brest-Paris, and is a 40km per day commuter for over 20years.
If you require any assistance with training plans, cycle coaching or if you just want to ride faster, Robert is happy to assist.