The Gift of a Bike: Eliminate Drama, Preserve Sanity

How can you give a bicycle to someone as a gift and be sure it’s the right one? And by ‘right one’, I mean not only type and size, but also style and color (BIG with kids!). Throw in the all-important ‘availability’ and you’ve potentially got a recipe for disappointment on the part of the recipient, as well as regret and wasted time on the part of the gift-giver. So here’s how to significantly lessen and eliminate the anxiety that can accompany giving a bike as a gift:

  1. Bicycles that come with a great price tag that are purchased in great quantity by discount warehouses do NOT come assembled. And the one you pick could have been damaged in transit or mishandled. So you get a stress headache returning a damaged or partially assembled bike. Do you really have that kind of time this holiday? Solution: Buy the bike at a real bike shop, where it can be properly built by a trained bike mechanic, and most importantly, thoroughly adjusted and checked to ensure it’s safe.
  2. Bicycles that come with a great price tag that are purchased in great quantity by big box variety stores and sporting goods retailers may come assembled, but are generally NOT built by someone who only works on bikes for a living. This is also a recipe for high anxiety, and a potential safety concern. The money you save on the price may ultimately need to be spent to make sure the bike is road-worthy and safe. Would you want anything less for the person who receives this gift from you? (Especially if it’s your own kid.) Solution: Buy the bike at a real bike shop.
  3. Bicycles that come with a great price tag may have a limited warranty that would be difficult for you to enforce if the bike has a defect or needs service. And if the bike is not originally assembled by a qualified mechanic, ANY warranty could be void. Solution: Buy the bike at a real bike shop, where you won’t spend additional time and money trying to find someone who will back up a warranty, but will stand behind what they sell. At our shops, we give all our customers 2 YEARS of warranty adjustments FREE, because we sell quality bikes and because we want our customers to come back. What a great way for you to extend the kindness of your gift for a long time!
  4. Finally, what do you do if the giftee would have wanted a fitness hybrid bike and you’ve bought them a mountain bike? How can you be assured — if you’re unsure of what type of bike to give — that the sentiment you want to convey in giving the give is conveyed without putting the giftee in an embarrassing situation of not wanting what you’ve given? Solution: Buy the bike at a real bike shop, where you can efficiently purchase ANY bike within the budget you’ve set. Then you know that if it’s not quite the right type, style, size and color, you can confidently assure the giftee that he/she can go to the shop with the gift receipt (and with you too to make it more fun!) to pick out the best type of bike for his/her riding style, in the right size and color, with a combination of features and accessories that suits perfectly!

I think you know the moral of this post. See you in the shop. And don’t worry — it’s the holidays!

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3 responses to “The Gift of a Bike: Eliminate Drama, Preserve Sanity

  1. I could never overstate the advise of going to a local bike shop! Besides all of the reasons listed above, a local bike shop will have a friendly, knowledgable staff that can help you pick out the perfect bike instead of selling you whatever they might have on hand, if you can even find someone to help you at the big box store.

  2. Buy the bike at a real bike shop, where you can efficiently purchase ANY bike within the budget you’ve set. Then you know that if it’s not quite the right type

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