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The draw to save money can be big. Shopping from the comfort of your home can be a factor. There are six things we think you should consider when deciding on how and where you are going to purchase your new bike.

  • You know what you are getting
  • Fit
  • Assembly
  • Service
  • Trade In
  • We support your community

You Know What You are Getting

When you shop locally you can see it, feel it, touch it and even ride it.  If something costs less then something else there is likely a reason. It could be the quality of the construction. The substitution of cheaper parts that won’t work as well or last as long as another part. The amount of support could be different, from the post sale support to warranty coverage to follow up services. Saving money upfront may not mean that the item you have actually purchased is going to cost you less. 
Just because one model may work for others it doesn’t mean it is right for you. You may have different needs and wants.  What works for one may not work for you. Can you really tell if the bike is going to work for you by a review?

Fit

You’ll know it is the right size. Fit is key to having a comfortable bike to ride. Not all bikes fit the same.
 A bicycle is not like other sports equipment. A baseball, soccer ball, a bat to name a few, work the way the manufacture designed out of the box. They differ from a bicycle that requires assembly and adjustment to your body to be comfortable. 
While you might have a primary size of shoe you wear, I doubt every shoe is the same size in your closet. Different uses require different fits in shoes. Same for the bicycle. Not every bike is going to fit the same way and the fit of your bicycle is going to be essential to how comfortable you are during your ride and how the bicycle handles.

Assembly

Assembly by a professional bike mechanic ensures your bike is properly adjusted and ready to ride when you pick it up. 
Over my 25 plus years in bicycle retail I have seen all sorts of bicycles improperly assembled. Much of it down right unsafe to ride.

Service

Most local shops provide a service package of some kind with a new bike purchase. It is normal for new bikes to experience a break in period and need a little attention after several rides.

Trade In

When the bike is outgrown bring it back to us and we will trade it in towards a new bike. Then fix it up and get it to a new happy owner. Keeping it out of the landfill and putting some money back in your pocket.

We support your community

As members of the community we make donations to local community organizations, speak to local groups about cycling and participate in organizations to increase cycling opportunities and access in our community. We ride where you ride and use that knowledge to help you choose the right bike for the riding you want to do.

Cost you might not have considered

Having the bicycle properly assembled will add to the cost. Having to change stuff out to make the bike comfortable after your purchase will cost extra. Getting the bike fit to you will add cost to the bicycle. Follow up adjustments after your bicycles break in period while normal will cost money for online purchase. Much of these services are included when making a purchase from your local bike shop.

So give your local bike shop an opportunity to earn your business. You’ll likely be glad you did.

by Ernest Freeland

This is the second part of Why Purchase from your Local Bike Shop

In the previous post we outlined reasons to purchase from and support your local bike shop. In this post we are adding some details.

  1. The Right Fit: Every bike that rolls out of Crofton Bike Doctor has a frame and component group that is anatomically proportioned to its rider’s size and intended use. We then make sure to adjust the bicycle to properly fit the rider. Next we show you how to use and operate your new bicycle.
  2. Ride Before You Buy: Ride a few different models to help you pick the perfect bike, either outside or on our indoor riding station.
  3. Selection: We do the research so you don’t have to. To make it on our showroom we have reviewed the options available and selected the best products to offer our customers. We’ve narrowed it down to a few options making your decision easier.
  4. Trained Sales People: We love to ride and our team is trained to help you select the perfect bike for your riding styling. We’ll show you the different options and explain the features and benefits to you. We will ensure you are selecting the proper size and fit for your new bicycle. Then demonstrate and install any accessories you may want to personalize your new bicycle.
  5. Professionally Assembled: Our bikes are delivered professionally assembled and ready to ride. Each bicycle goes through our assembly by a trained bicycle mechanic. Our mechanics love to work on bikes and it shows.
  6. Free Lifetime Tune-Ups: For as long as you own your Crofton Bike Doctor bike, our Lifetime Free Adjustment Program will make sure the fundamental systems of your bike are operating properly.   If you feel your bike is not working right, just call for our Tech Center.  We will answer your questions or schedule an appointment for your bike.
  7. Quality Accessories: We’ve offer great accessories that will make your riding safer and more enjoyable. These accessories are ready to stand up to the challenge you will bring them.
  8. Extended Test Ride: We want you to be riding the perfect bike for your cycling needs. We believe our pre sale support helps you select the perfect bike but just in case we offer an Extended Test Ride. Ride your bike for 30-days and if it is not perfect bring it back and we will exchange it for a different bicycle.
  9. Warranties: All our bicycles come with a lifetime warranty that covers the frame and a warranty covering the components. If you ever have an issue please bring us the bike and we’ll take care of the rest.
  10. We LOVE to RIDE!: We love to ride and there is nothing more we enjoy doing then sharing our love of cycling with you!

by Ernest Freeland

Part One

Today you have many options of where to purchase your new bicycle but the local bike shop is still the clear choice.

The bicycle is not something that you just pull out of the box and it is ready to go, like your new baseball bat or soccer ball. A lot of human input is needed to perfect your ride, first it needs to be assembled and then fit to its rider. A properly fit bike is like your favorite pair of shoes, you can wear them all day, so in the case of your bicycle you can ride it all day. To many people have memories of bicycle riding that wasn’t comfortable. With the help of your local bike shop that doesn’t have to be the case.

Your local bike shop is full of people who love bikes and love to ride bikes and they bring that passion to work with them every day. They will discuss your cycling goals, needs, your riding style any injuries you may have. With that information they will help you select the perfect bicycle for you. Once you have picked out our new bike the local bike shop (LBS for short) will perform a very important step, fitting you and your bicycle to each other.

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