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cosmie

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New to Bikes: What to buy local?
« on: August 11, 2013, 01:44:34 AM »
Last year, I took a foray into biking by taking advantage of the rental program my university has. It was really cheap ($20/semester) and I really enjoyed having the bike, but I absolutely hated the one they rent out. It was this Kona bike, and it just never seemed to fit me. This was only used as an around campus bike, as I lived too far away to commute on it (probably an excuse, as I really just didn't like that bike for more than a mile or two ride)

This semester I'm moving only 4-7 miles from campus (depending on which side of campus) and want to take the plunge into getting a good bike to commute on. Since I know absolutely nothing about what makes a bike "fit", I plan to buy local and take advantage of a bike shop's knowledge. As much as I love the prices on Nashbar and BikesDirect, it's not worth saving a few bucks and never riding it because it didn't really fit me.

However, as a student, I'm fairly price sensitive and only want to pay local markup on items where it counts and buy the rest online. But I don't want to skimp out and end up getting a setup that doesn't fit, as then I'll never ride the thing.

My question is: What gear should I purchase locally with the frame, taking advantage of the expertise of the bike shop, and what can I safely buy online on my own? I'll be starting completely from scratch, so I'll need everything from the bike itself to a lock, multitool, another lock (don't want to lose my bike on campus), etc.

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Re: New to Bikes: What to buy local?
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2013, 02:00:00 AM »
Get the bike and helmet locally, as they are both fit dependant. If the cycle shop won't budge on the price of the bike, get them to throw the helmet in free.

Lights, locks, repair kits, spare tubes can all be purchased online with confidence.

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Re: New to Bikes: What to buy local?
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2013, 10:14:17 PM »
Thanks gooki! :)

Are there any specific components, such as fenders, that I should make sure are included with the bike?

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Re: New to Bikes: What to buy local?
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2013, 01:10:16 AM »
Really depends on the style of the bike. Some come profit with mudguards/fenders, some have very little clearance that only a few specific brands will fit. Others can easily be added yourself.

I'd generally wait on these as they can be added any time after purchase. So can lights etc.