Online shopping has become a worldwide phenomenon that most people can’t live without. However, when it comes to shopping for a bike online, you might want to weigh up the options between buying it at your local bike shop, or searching and buying it from the comfort of your own home.

 

There are pros and cons to both options and we want to help you choose by comparing the two for the option that works best for you.

 

The Local Bike Shop

 

Advantages:

 

By going into a store, you get more knowledge about which bike will best fit your requirements.

 

All employees will be bike enthusiasts and have a lot of advice to help you with your purchase. For example, before buying the bike, you will receive expert advice regarding height, flexibility, leg and arm length; choices that will be the right fit for you.

 

Not only that, but you have the opportunity to get a package deal when you purchase bike parts and accessories, on top of the bicycle itself.

 

The most important thing is that you will be able to actually test out the bike in the shop so that you can be sure that it ticks all the boxes.

 

Disadvantages:

 

There are very few disadvantages of a brick-and-mortar bike purchase, apart from the fact that you might be limited in choices by the actual stock the store has on site. You might find that the bike you want isn’t there, or that the range of brands and models is not as extensive as it is online.

Buying Online

 

Advantages:

 

Versatility and ease-of-use are the main perks of shopping for your next bike online. Not only can you do it from the comfort of your own home, but you’ll be able to search amongst all the brands and models on the market. You’ll also be able to filter your search by the type of bike you’re looking for (i.e. road, mountain, hybrid or electric).

 

Once you find the perfect bike for you, just add it to your cart, pay online and organise to pick it up at your local bike store.

Disadvantages:

 

Unless you are getting the exact bike that you’ve already tried out, you are buying a bike you have no feel for, and you’ll probably need to get it adjusted to be comfortable. Having such a wide array of choices can also be a downside, as it makes it difficult for you to narrow down your choices and decide which one is actually best.

 

In addition, you won’t receive all the advice that you would if you were speaking to an expert in store – unless you call the bike shop over the phone.

 

As you can see, both online and instore bike purchases can provide pros and cons. If you have more questions about buying a bike, feel free to contact us for expert advice.