Is it a spiritual experience choosing your first bike? Does your bike choose you? Are you just being sold to by a fast talking sales person? Is it a decision of price, affordability and getting the cheapest? Is it an internet purchase after doing your research? Is it a quality decision? Or a friends recommendation?
There are so many ways to decide and every story is different. But I chose mine with the help of a sales staff (notice the plural) who helped me interpret price, quality and what I was thinking, and to me that was what was important.
I had never bought a bike before as my parents had always bought the few bikes that I had owned, but I did know how to buy something methodically so as usual I did.
When I started looking I had a reasonable amount of money to spend on a starter bike so I had already ruled out buying the bike online, from a discount store or a department store.
I wanted to get knowledge. I wanted interaction. I wanted to work out exactly what I needed based on what I wanted to do, my experience and my physical fitness. I wanted service! And thankfully, I found a business that did just that.
Near my home, there are a number of bike shops. I had been to 3. A very small one, a larger one that also had an online business and a concept store. Continue reading