If you are new to cycling and shopping for your first bike as an adult you may wonder why a bike from a major brand in specialty retail sold at a bike shop or online is so expensive. To get you from point A to B a new bike will cost you a lot less than a new car, but it may seem that $400 or more is still a lot to pay to own two wheels. To get a handle on the costs it helps to know a little about the current state of bicycle manufacturing:
Given these factors, why is it that bikes from a big-box store (i.e. Walmart, Target, Dick’s Sporting Goods) can be sold for half the price of a bike from a specialty retailer? The primary reason is cheaper components. While the parts may be from some of the major brands like Shimano and SRAM, they are low end and some are non-standard manufactured by cutting corners to meet a certain price point. The frames, usually come in one size per model, and are made from less expensive, heavier steel or aluminum. This has an impact on:
Bike riding is a lifeline for many people, especially in these uncertain times, and making an investment in a ride that is properly assembled, fits you, is easy to maintain, shifts and brakes properly, is light, smooth, and fast can bring you a lifetime of joy.
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