Also depends on what sort of "accessories" you're thinking of. For things you wear on yourself (especially helmets and shoes), it's awfully useful to be able to try things on. Buying those online requires some experience, and can still be iffy.tomk96 said:depends on what you want. they'll probably put whatever you want onto the bike for free. if you aren't spending much, i'd rather get it at the shop and on my bike.
Sure all other places have expenses, etc. But when I have a problemyakky said:Yeah, any other place you buy from won't have staff or expenses.
In theory I agree, but have you ever tried to return something to the average bike store? They don't even know what to do with you. Several of the online outlets have some pretty amazing service. For example I was trying to find the perfect seat for my girlfriend. I just ordered a box full of seats from Nashbar and kept the one she liked. How are you going to do that at a bike store? Chances are they won't even have the seat in stock that you like and you will have to special order it... and wait... and wait.... I'm all for good service, but I can't say I get great service at the LBS.crazyc said:Sure all other places have expenses, etc. But when I have a problem
with my bike where do I go? To my LBS. If I have a problem with
an accessory or something does not fit right I would rather just run down
to my LBS and have them take care of it there instead of mailing
stuff back and forth and waiting days or weeks. I would much rather
support people in my community. I don't know what kind of bike shops
are in your area but my primary one is a place I can hang out and chat
with the guys and actually go for rides with. Perhaps I old fashioned but
I would much rather deal with somebody face to face than over the phone
or e-mail. (maybe thats why I don't post much) - Oh Well