Find the Right Shop
Before You Go
Write down the answers to these questions:
• What will you (or do you) use your bike for?
• When, where, and how often will you ride?
• How much can you spend?
It’s easy to feel put off by shop employees who rattle off jargon. Don’t be afraid to ask them to slow down and speak in language you understand. Most will be happy to help. Remember that you are in control of the situation.
Your local bike shop is not the place to haggle. With so many online outlets competing with their business, brick-and-mortar retailers must keep their prices competitive. If you want to save some cash, join your local advocacy group. Many shops discount their prices for members.
• Return stuff. Some shops allow exchanges within 30 days. Ask about their policies.
• If you buy bikes and gear online, remember it’s bad etiquette to test them at your local shop first.
• Take your business elsewhere if you don’t receive excellent service.