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Let's Tackle Online Buying, Shall We?

I think many of us, if not most, embrace the concept of shopping locally. This isn't limited to local farmers' markets. All your local merchants invest untold time, energy, perseverance and love to bring you the services and merchandise that we think you are looking for. We have taken care to staff our stores with people who care about your project and are eager to share their expertise and craftsmanship.

If all you want is to "showroom" for the best price, we have no choice but to swallow hard, and accept it as the harsh reality of today's market.

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Buying a Bike, Part 3: Finding the Right Shop

If you are looking to purchase a new bike, the first step to a successful experience is finding the right shop. This is especially true if you are new to biking. The reason for this is, that if you really intend to use your bike, the bike purchase itself is not the end of the line. Rather, it is a beginning of a relationship, which should be based on trust.

Maybe that's too touchy-feely for some people. The anonymous experience of buying a bike from a megamart may be a little less intimidating. After all, there is noone there to size you up and ask those rather personal questions about comfort and fit. But, believe me, if you're going to take biking seriously, you have to get a little touchy-feely with your friendly bike shop, or at least a friendly bike shop employee.

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