Probably not, because they're likely going to offer more prominent brands. And I wouldn't fret about that, especially with bikes at this level. $375 period for that kind of road bike really is a solid enough pick-up. Has everything you need in a road bike.Its $375. Can I get an aluminum road bike with Sora components at my lbs for that price?
Videos and simply searching online. Don't do it all at once though. Just one job at a time, and usually in the order you find yourself needing to replace things. How hard is working on a bicycle? In the nicest way I can put it, it's just a f***ing bicycle. It's Lego-tier simple to understand, with the exception of sometimes needing very specific tools. Think of it this way, if you go to an LBS you might not be the first in line, you might get snob attitude, you could be laughably overcharged for the simplest things— and I really don't want to make it sound like it's a horrible place (each one varies), but the reality is you can be more efficient just doing things yourself even after tool costs...some of which can be used for the next bike or for other bikes in the garage.Thank you for your reply. It is very helpful. As for the extended coverage, it includes a tune-up. So it covers any damage and a tune-up. What do you think the value of a tune-up at a store like this consists of and how good will it be. And how hard is it to tune up. Do you recommend certain web sites or videos that could get me started? The bike will be used as a back up and extra bike when my athletic, but not cyclist, family members want to join us for a weekend, 15-25 mile workout on paved, bike trails. I am assuming this bike would be a fit.
You state that it is heavy. I think it is 23 or 24 pounds. Is that about 4 lbs more than the entry level name-brand road bikes? It is pretty flat around here and we like to go 'fast', but we are not racers, so I think the weight won't be a problem. Right?
I would generally agree. However, in a region where LBS's are scarce and the few LBS's in the buyer's area don't have the bike the buyer wants, the big box stores may be a necessary evil. The buyer can always take it to an LBS and pay them to iron out the kinks.I'm surprised you've had such good luck buying a bike from a general sporting goods store such as Dick's. Usually this is a recipe for disaster.