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Does anyone know a good online bike shop and, more importantly, do they offer good deals on bikes - i.e. much cheaper than local shops.

I have never looked into this before but a friend is looking for a new bike and has about a grand to pay - just wondering if he can get more bang for buck from buying online?

There are plenty of surfboard stores online that can heavily beat local stores for example.

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I tend to use wiggle.co.uk. Works for me! Never bought an actual bike online as I'd be concerned about the frame size, but certainly all the bits and pieces and spare parts. Also used sjscycles for wheels; they're more a touring cycle specialist I believe.

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In my experience, not really, since the online stores are mostly store fronts for the local bike shops. I wouldn't want to buy a bike from a store that I couldn't take it back to get adjusted in the first few weeks either, but that's just me.

Where you can make savings is by buying the outgoing model as they shops try to shift any stock they've got left before they get next years in. There were some good deals around a month or so ago, there might still be some around if you look.

evanscycles.com are a big chain and likely to have a branch nearby. They're a bit middle of the road, but they're miles better than Halfords.

Otherwise, just try to find the website of local shops - they will likely have a 'sale' section with anything that's going cheap which you might miss in-store.

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wiggle or chainreaction for bike stuff. Would not get a bike from them though. Prices dont seem hugely different from your local bike shop, and as others say - the ease of popping back in to sort out wee things is worth an extra few quid.

Good shout about end of season deals. You can get great offers in just general bike shops. Accessories can be a lot cheaper online though.

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Does anyone know a good online bike shop and, more importantly, do they offer good deals on bikes - i.e. much cheaper than local shops.

I have never looked into this before but a friend is looking for a new bike and has about a grand to pay - just wondering if he can get more bang for buck from buying online?

There are plenty of surfboard stores online that can heavily beat local stores for example.

Don't go online unless you're a competent bike mechanic. What they send you will need assembling, and it's a much more skilled job than assembling flat-pack stuff from ikea or argos.

A decent LBS will do all that for you and include it in the slightly-higher price they charge.

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My friend sells electric bikes, and I built his website:

www.reactionelectric.co.uk

Now I know it's a shameless plug, and that you don't want an electric bike, but by God they are good.

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I would never buy a bike online, the danger that it will get broken during transit or that you wont be able to set the thing up properly vastly outweigh the savings you might make. And the same goes for big-box stores like Asda/Halfords.

Bike shops are like hifi shops, intimidating for newbies but its well worth the effort finding a good one.

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