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  1. #31
    My wife would be buying a road bike from BD, except for the fit part.

    Despite using the wrenchsciences fit chart, we have worked forever to get her comfortable on her MTB, I honestly want someone else to deal with that on her road bike. This is compounded by the fact that I don't have any road bike parts (stems etc) sitting around like I do MTB parts. She's going out today to a few LBS to talk to them about fitting process and the ability to come back and swapping parts if she doesn't like something.



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    Two wheels, two skis, two feet, whatever...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jisch View Post
    My wife would be buying a road bike from BD, except for the fit part.

    Despite using the wrenchsciences fit chart, we have worked forever to get her comfortable on her MTB, I honestly want someone else to deal with that on her road bike. This is compounded by the fact that I don't have any road bike parts (stems etc) sitting around like I do MTB parts. She's going out today to a few LBS to talk to them about fitting process and the ability to come back and swapping parts if she doesn't like something.

    John
    Fit and ability to road test is what would keep me from buying online. While any bike will be miles ahead of a MTB, there are distinct differences in handling qualities between brands.
    2009-2010:
    Killington: 11/7, 11/21, 12/5, 12/6, 12/10, 12/12, 12/13, 12/22, 12/23, 1/1, 1/2, 1/9, 1/10, 1/23, 1/24 (15)

    Ski Sundown: 12/18, 12/19, 12/20, 12/24, 12/30, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/7, 1/8, 1/11 - 1/22, 1/26-1/30 (27)
    EH XC: 12/21 (1)
    WNY XC/NELSAP BC: 12/29 (1)

    Total: 44

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jisch View Post
    My wife would be buying a road bike from BD, except for the fit part.

    Despite using the wrenchsciences fit chart, we have worked forever to get her comfortable on her MTB, I honestly want someone else to deal with that on her road bike. This is compounded by the fact that I don't have any road bike parts (stems etc) sitting around like I do MTB parts. She's going out today to a few LBS to talk to them about fitting process and the ability to come back and swapping parts if she doesn't like something.

    John
    That's my biggest worry as well.
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  4. #34
    Agreed. If you want someone to fit you, the LBS is the way to go, just like boots.

    I guess my point is more along the lines of... if someone is thinking of going to Craig's List, they might also consider BD or similar. And sometimes, the problem is you might be at the mercy of proximity to a good fitter and a LBS with stuff in your price range.

  5. #35
    Yeah, I know there will be sticker shock when my wife buys a bike locally, then we compare it to what is on BD. I am going to consider the difference the cost of the fitting and insurance if she needs to swap anything.
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  6. #36
    I agree that proper fit is extremely important.

    You guys are from Central CT right? In addition to Suburban Cycle you may want to check out Berlin Bike. They've got a good selection of road bikes with many at discount.
    http://berlinbicycle.com/specials.htm
    They have the Specialized Allez sport in many sizes at a good price. At $695.00 it's a little over your price but it may be worth a look?

    I bought my Cyclocross bike from them last summer. They're a great shop and do a good fit job too.
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    I've had mixed experiences with Cycling Concepts as well (G-bury, Rocky Hill.) Been pretty good when I bought my bike there and a couple servicings. But I'd like to get my bike back at some point. Took it in in September for a broken spoke, called them after 2-3 weeks at which point they told me Shimano sent the wrong ones, haven't heard a thing since. Didn't really bother me that much (outside of it being irritating from a customer service perspective,) but April is coming up with longer days and ride to work potential.
    2009-2010:
    Killington: 11/7, 11/21, 12/5, 12/6, 12/10, 12/12, 12/13, 12/22, 12/23, 1/1, 1/2, 1/9, 1/10, 1/23, 1/24 (15)

    Ski Sundown: 12/18, 12/19, 12/20, 12/24, 12/30, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/7, 1/8, 1/11 - 1/22, 1/26-1/30 (27)
    EH XC: 12/21 (1)
    WNY XC/NELSAP BC: 12/29 (1)

    Total: 44

  8. #38
    I'm in Northern CT (Tolland). My wife is down at the new Pedal Power location - she previously went to Tolland Bike - she liked them but they have very limited stock. I'll update with what she ultimately decides to do.
    Two wheels, two skis, two feet, whatever...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jisch View Post
    I'm in Northern CT (Tolland). My wife is down at the new Pedal Power location - she previously went to Tolland Bike - she liked them but they have very limited stock. I'll update with what she ultimately decides to do.
    Ooh, a Pedal Power in Vernon? Nice, much more convienient than Middletown. Another good shop.
    2009-2010:
    Killington: 11/7, 11/21, 12/5, 12/6, 12/10, 12/12, 12/13, 12/22, 12/23, 1/1, 1/2, 1/9, 1/10, 1/23, 1/24 (15)

    Ski Sundown: 12/18, 12/19, 12/20, 12/24, 12/30, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/7, 1/8, 1/11 - 1/22, 1/26-1/30 (27)
    EH XC: 12/21 (1)
    WNY XC/NELSAP BC: 12/29 (1)

    Total: 44

  10. #40
    My wife bought a Z85 Felt from Pedal Power Vernon. They did a basic test fit on a few bikes before finding the one that she felt (no pun intended) best about. They have an option for a full on, 3 hour fit session for $150, but they said that because my wife had little/no experience with road bikes, the fine tuning from that fit session would be lost on her. She's psyched, and is already going out for a ride - its working already.
    Two wheels, two skis, two feet, whatever...

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