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If you plan to buy a piece of cycling gear soon and you found it worthwhile spending time on this site, there’s an easy way to save yourself some money while supporting In The Know Cycling at the same time. Simply buy your cycling gear through one of the links to the recommended stores shown in red in the reviews or in the right hand sidebar on each of the site’s pages. These authorized stores offer the best prices and current inventory from the 100 or so international, regional and national stores I track for the products I’ve evaluated and recommended and have strong customer satisfaction records.
Each time you buy something at some of the stores you link to from this site, a small amount comes back to us for referring you. I say ‘some’ and not ‘all’ stores because we link you to those that have the best prices, inventory, service and satisfaction whether we have an affiliate agreement with them or not. It doesn’t cost you anything more to do it this way and probably costs you less since the stores and prices are regularly updated to link you to good stores with the lowest current prices. Think of it as an unbiased, personal cycling gear shopper that reaches far and wide to find the best deals from great stores rather than an automated price comparison tool searching the same half dozen stores for something that sounds like what you are looking for.
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What’s it like buying from an online cycling store?
If you haven’t done it before or recently, ordering from a quality online cycling store is similar to buying products from any specialty online retailer you may have experience with. It’s a growing and increasingly accepted way for both the cycling enthusiast and major brands to do business.
Online stores get products to you as fast and often faster than many bike shops which nowadays carry less inventory on high performance, low turnover gear and have to order it through a distributor. As authorized retailers, the biggest online stores do large volumes and have better price and service leverage working directly with cycling companies than do the smaller shops. The online retailers I recommend have strong customer service records and will handle returns or warranty issues quickly and without a lot of back and forth. I check them against various consumer rating services. If they don’t rate extremely well, I don’t list them.
The larger online cycling stores will ship to you wherever you are, usually within the week and often for free on purchases for the amount of most of the gear I review. Shipments coming out of the UK or Europe into the US don’t charge the taxes you would incur buying products from a physical store.
In addition to the online stores that focus on cycling products, I occasionally post links for recommended products to eBay and Amazon when they have the best prices through highly rated vendors (99.5%+ ratings). If you are planning to buy from either one of these sources, please go through the links provided on this site the day you plan to buy as they don’t provide a referral fee otherwise. And when you buy anything at all through this link to Amazon, you also support the site.
You can read my review of the best online stores here.
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