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Bike shop advice

I'm looking to buy a new road bike on a budget (definitely less than CHF1000), and am trying to find a good shop at this level.

In the UK this would probably be somewhere like Evans (big selection across price range, good discounts on last years models, etc), but I don't know if there is an equivalent here. I'm in Vaud, so travelling to France is a good option for me and I'm sure my money will go further there.

Apart from Decathlon, all the shops I've found seem to be a bit more high end.

Any suggestions?

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Old 22.06.2017, 10:40
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Wiggle.co.uk will deliver bikes to Switzerland. You'd have to buy the bike without trying it first but their prices are pretty good.
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I'm looking to buy a new road bike on a budget (definitely less than CHF1000), and am trying to find a good shop at this level.

In the UK this would probably be somewhere like Evans (big selection across price range, good discounts on last years models, etc), but I don't know if there is an equivalent here. I'm in Vaud, so travelling to France is a good option for me and I'm sure my money will go further there.

Apart from Decathlon, all the shops I've found seem to be a bit more high end.

Any suggestions?

Thanks
Buying in France maybe cheaper, but if the bike needs attention of a problem sorting out under the guarantee.....

Cheap can be too expensive too
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Old 22.06.2017, 10:51
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On a budget of 1000 would I rather buy a good used one for about 700 and invest the change in a service and upgrade of small details.

Mailorder companies sell very good bikes for 1500-2000 these days, for example Rose: https://www.rosebikes.de/produkte/fahrraeder/rennrad/

Under 1000 does it get difficult to get a new decent roadbike.
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Re: Bike shop advice

For CHF1000, a new road bike would be a stretch. As Trev suggested, I would go occasion, but for this to work, you will need to have a pretty good idea of your bike frame size. Same goes with online shops as the cost to ship back might be at your cost, and there goes your savings.

As for bike stores, there is BikeWorld by Sportxx and Veloplus but both don't have shops in Vaud unfortunately. I'm ok with both.

But don't give up on your local bike shops. Choose a shop that offer brands with "lower priced" models like Giant. Last year, a local shop near me was selling 2015 Giant models at 30-50% off, so in the CHF1000 price range. New models usually come out around Feb, so it's a bit late now however.
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In Geneva https://www.veloland-shop.ch/

In Annemasse http://www.velolandannemasse.fr/site/fr/
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Re: Bike shop advice

You can get a basic good road bike for 1000 if you try hard, and with the currency differentials, buying in Euro or GBP will get you more.

You may need to be wiling to compromise and get an ok frame but low end components (which is fine, if you end up doing a lot of kms, such as more than 10,000 a year, just upgrade to better stuff (shimano 105 or better) when the first set wears out in 3 years time.

I'd agree, especially if not test riding it first (e.g. buy online) you need to be SURE you know your frame size (they vary by model and manufacturer, so your your frame size for ***that specific bike*** using frame size charts they have on websites from which you are likely to buy (eg. wiggle etc listed above).

Finally, if you are actually a serious cyclist and know its worth the time doing the research, dont be afraid to get a high end bike second hand. I just did this, did a lot of research and found a great carbon bike on Ricardo for just 30% of its new price, with new wheels, and gears cogs and chain and brakes stuff. It had been lovingly maintained by a very particular swiss german cyclist and I didnt have to drive far to get it.

now is a good time to buy as spring is when the local cycling nuts upgrade their bikes to the very latest coolest 2017 designs and features for the new season (disc brakes, electronic gear shifting, aero features etc) , so there are many entirely fine discards available at your price point, 2-4 years old, if you have the patience to spend about 20-30 hours on Ricardo.... but whats your time worth?

maybe easiest is just get a bottom of the range road bike (Giant or similar brands in Decathlon and Wiggle) and be done with it.

if you're new to cycling and dont have all your kit, budget another 500 for lights, helmet, gloves, water bottles, cages, repair kit, pump, cycling glasses, plus another 200-400 for a set of bike clothes, and another 300 for clip-in pedals and shoes. that is conservative

in short, double your budget

or... ask a local bike shop - they are usually happy to 'build you one' (While online rocks, there is also something worthwhile about supporting your local bike shop, and you will get, usually, a year of free servicing which you 'break it in" and things do need adjusting and tightening fro time to time...


So now that I have finished thinking/writing out loud: options:
  • ricardo etc for 2nd hand to get most bang for buck, or online ordering,
  • but for best warranty support and after sales service - consider a good local bike shop, and support the community.
  • but be prepared to double your budget if you dont have all the stuff you need to actually ride it
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Old 22.06.2017, 14:55
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Wiggle.co.uk will deliver bikes to Switzerland. You'd have to buy the bike without trying it first but their prices are pretty good.
Chain Reaction cycles have some good deals and ship without problems, and very quickly to Switzerland.
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Chain Reaction cycles have some good deals and ship without problems, and very quickly to Switzerland.
Usually I would agree with this statement but my last order from them got a customs bill from Swisspost. Maybe it goes better is using the more expensive delivery options (I had used the cheapest)
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Re: Bike shop advice

I've bought 2 bikes in the last few weeks from bikester.ch.
I don't know much about bikes, I was advised to buy cube ones and they seem really good.
I see they have some road bikes on sale.

We have had bad experiences with our nearest 2 local bike shops (new bike put together incorrectly necessitating expensive repairs, bills for work not done) and the same bikes cost Fr. 400 each more from the closest dealer we found, much as I would prefer to support local traders.
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Old 22.06.2017, 16:23
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Re: Bike shop advice

If your forum name indicates your stature then this could be worth a look. It's an XXS road bike on sale at Tandem in Lausanne...
https://www.tandem.ch/produit/scott-speedster-20-2016/
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Re: Bike shop advice

If you are interested in buying a used bike, I have a BMC Roadracer SL01 (frame size 54, Shimano Ultegra (triple) groupset) that I would be willing to part with. See specs below:

https://www.racycles.com/product/detail/677

PM me if you are interested.
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Old 22.06.2017, 21:35
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Re: Bike shop advice

Check out Canyon -- good quality German-made bikes. You can order through their Swiss arm, but you get a restricted choice. So better to buy via DE and have delivered to one of the border depots. You also save the VAT that way.
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