Online buying isn’t exactly the fairy tale we’d all thought it would be. Yes it’s comfortable and you can buy stuff with the click of a button. Since the introduction of the big money players into the online cycling world such as trek etc., online bike purchases have become more reliable and legit.
Now if you’re a pro, online shopping is the best and quickest alternative but if you’re new to cycling here are some factors or questions you should consider before making an online purchase.
How do I find the right bike?
One of the most frequently asked question when it comes to bikes is how to get the correct bike fit. Most online companies would suggest you the height and inseam trick while some would suggest you do a trial run at a nearby outlet and later make an online purchase.
Amazon is the best road bike buying option for pros that are aware of the fit and size they need but for newbies companies like Trek etc. provide a step by step guide to determine the fit through chat.
What’s my mode of contact with the seller?
Most of the info needed like the prices, brand details, specs and comparisons etc. are provided on every site but what if you have a question that’s out of the specs page? In such cases most of the big companies have a live chat feature on their website.
You can also visit FAQ pages, their YouTube channel or connect with them through email. It’s surprising how many companies don’t offer such features so be smart and stick to the trusted ones.
How to assemble it once delivered?
The first thing you need to figure out is how much assembly does it need and what extra tools would be needed for the assembly and if the tools will be included in the package itself. The renowned companies often deliver to partner shops where the assembly takes place before the final delivery.
In case you get a direct delivery note that assembling the derailleurs, brakes, cables etc. can prove a tedious task even with the YouTube guides and step-wise manuals so my advice would be to visit a nearby bike shop and have it done by an expert but in case you’d prefer to do it yourself, here’s what you need to do.
What should I do for repairs and checks?
Whether a mountain or road bike you’ll need regular maintenance checks and repairs. While you can always visit a local bike shop for smaller issues some brands provide credit a local retailer for every online sale thus providing you an instant option.
In case you’re hesitant to visit a local workshop my simple advice would be to relax and trust them. They are experts and will work on any of your bikes with utmost care. In case a part is required feel free to get it online. Times are changing and online retail is more reliable than ever before.