What to Look for When Selecting a Reputable Bike Dealer

What to Look for When Selecting a Reputable Bike Dealer

June 5, 2017

Buying a bike can be no small investment. Depending on what type of bike you’re looking to buy or the brand you might be interested in, your budget may run from a couple hundred dollars to a couple thousand, and even beyond! As you would when making any investment, it pays to do your shopping at a reputable establishment when buying a new bike.

How do you know which bike store in Naples, FL is going to give you the best bang for your buck and the peace of mind that comes with money well spent? It’s important to look for a few clues that signal the traits of a good bike shop. Here’s what you should be looking for.

Knowledgeable staff

More than just being able to tell you what types of bikes they have in stock or what brands they carry, a good cycle shop employee should be able to help you find the bike that’s right for you. This can include discerning what type of bike (upright, road, mountain) is a good fit, as well as things like geometry, bike features and level of expertise needed to care for it. This is especially critical for first-time bike owners.

It’s also important to find a shop that’s knowledgeable when it comes to repairs and maintenance. Your bike is going to need tune-ups and component replacements over time—being able to go back to the same place where you purchased it means getting a consistent level of care.

Selection

There are so many factors to consider when picking out a bike. Beyond your budget and style of bike, you also have to consider brand, accessories, components and more. For this reason, you’ll want to shop at a store that has a great selection of bikes and components. From Bianchi cycles that are thousands of dollars, to a sturdy Trek that might be just a couple hundred, it’s in your best interest to shop the gamut of options, rather than a small selection that meets only a few criteria.

Customer service and experience

Anyone can sell you a bike! It’s in your best interest to find a shop that’s intent on helping you learn more about cycling. This way you’ll learn more about your hobby and feel less pressured into buying something you may or may not want. Before making a purchase, take some time to talk to employees and get more information. If you can ask questions and be yourself, it’s a good sign that you’re in the right place. Plus, gleaning experience from tenured cyclists is going to help you in making a decision that you can stand behind.

Features and deals

It’s never a bad idea to shop for deals and sales. In the cycling world, this might mean buying last year’s model or finding a shop that has exclusive partnerships with certain manufacturers. Check out what kind of deals and partnerships different shops have before jumping into a purchase—doing so could save you a pretty penny on a great new bike.

If you’re not sure where to start shopping for your new bike, consider swinging by Big Momma’s Bicycles! We do our best to be a standalone bike store in Naples, FL, welcoming cyclists of all levels and budgets.

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