Cycling in Sydney Australia
Would love some advice on which of these three bikes I should buy. I intend to ride daily, 10-25min rides, sometimes fairly hill roads. I'll sometimes cycle on pavements, but not dirt tracks.
I'm keen on comfort and being able to get up hills easily. I will sometimes carry it up and down station stairs so weight is a bit of a factor.
Would appreciate any help/ advice/ offers to sell your awesome bike!
Specialized vita for $599 from Velofix:
Fuji Absolute 3.0 for $600:
possibly on sale a Fuji Absolute 2.0 for $700:
Trek 7.3 WSD for $699 from Clarence St Cyclery:
Thanks so much! Also, where's cheapest for buying extras: helmet, lock, lights, mudguards, rack, basket?
Of the four bikes you have mentioned the Fuji Absolute 2.0 is the lightest at 10.71kg and also has the better groupset (Tiagra) and other components such as a carbon fork. It is the dearest but the specifications are better than the other bikes mentioned. You will have to check if there is enough room for mudguards or an alternative is a seatpost rack which would act as a mudguard and a clip on front guard. K.mart or Aldi have great deals on cheaper bits though a good lock should come from your local bike shop. Try to include the extras in your bike purchase, it can sometimes work out cheaper if you bargain hard. Happy cycling
Thanks so much! And if the Fuji 2.0 isn't available at that sale price? (It's not for sure that there'll be a sale bike in my size.) Which of the other three would be best?
Thanks so much for the advice, it's really appreciated and I will follow it. Great advice about being careful about fit, haggling over extras and choosing a good store.
As John says, make sure they fit the bike for you, make sure the store will allow you to test ride what you intend to buy (or a similar one) before you part with any cash. Most places should be okay with that. I haven’t heard of any LBS’s that won’t do this for you.
I'll defer to the others on the bike choice.
Also, where's cheapest for buying extras: helmet, lock, lights, mudguards, rack, basket?
- but generally accessories are marked up (margin recovery) incredibly in Australia retail shops.
Online shops are generally better , see local websites such as cycling express, torpedo 7, cell bikes for local based websites (and helmets that come with the AS/NZ sticker ) or wiggle et al for overseas websites (some of these sites offer free delivery all the way from Europe, possibly with a minimum purchase).
You might want to arm yourself with some pricing and you can decide the % you want to pay to a local brick and mortar store over websites prices
As an aside, I find the prospect of buying a bike daunting. There seem to be way to many variables. Is it a rule of thumb that the more you pay, the lighter the bike and the smoother the gears? Also, when is it better to replace a clapped out drive train than to just buy a new bike? I imagine the answer is it depends on the drive-train:bike cost ratio??
I have previously looked at buying a bike from Clarence St, and they were very firm on not haggling, which surprised me a bit. They told me that if I wanted to pay less I should buy a cheaper bike.
That said, a couple of weeks ago we were in looking at the Trek 3.7 WSD. The staff in their women's shop were incredibly helpful in showing my wife different bikes, and getting something that fit her, and that she was comfortable with. When we go to buy the bike I'll likely go back there because of the helpful service.
You just have to work out what what your definition of the value of the "few extra" dollars between:
"milk the cash cow" bad service , just bad service, absolutely zero service, good / great (human) service, "milk the cash cow" good / great service.
Paying more doesn't automatically mean the shop is looking out for your interests.
You just have to work out what what your definition of the value of the "few extra" dollars
Yes, this is the fine line. I'd decided on a bike at a Sydney store, found it online from Melbourne 30% cheaper (inc. free shipping) but liked the service so much I was willing to pay a bit more to get it from the local place that had recommended it. However, it turned out the local shop didn't have my size in stock and they wouldn't be able to get it for 2 months. I went with the delivery from Melbourne unfortunately as the local shop couldn't follow through quickly enough.
I did buy the bulk of my accessories from the Sydney store and take my bike there to be serviced as I really liked them.