I spent quite a wack in the summer buying a new road bike , To be honest I found the whole thing quite a ordeal !!!
Mainly because the shops never actually stocked what i wanted they always needed to be ordered then they had no interest in getting them for you to just look at THEN they were always very reluctant to let you spin them round the carpark then in reality what good does that do you anyway. Dont get me started on sizing
The best advice I got was for the money I was spending there is no rubbish bikes so pick the one you fancy, I didnt actually do that either I wanted di2 and went for a steed with good reputation & di2 helped along with a 1K price deduction!!
All worked out love my Steed
I'm glad it's not just me then.
My LBS are as good as gold and I have known them all in there for years, the trouble is, they mainly stock Specialized, which I'm not that mad on. They could get me a Genesis, or a number of others, but then I am committed to buy a bike I am not even sure I will like.
I guess I have just not seen a bike I really like, although I was pretty struck by the Eddy Merckx range I saw at a shop in Taunton. I also like the look and spec of the Raleigh Militis, but they are not in the UK yet, and I would imagine that finding a dealer that has one in stock is going to be pretty difficult.
Then just to make life harder, Saarf has a couple really nice Colnago for sale....
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