The most important aspect to consider when deciding to buy a bike is whether it fulfils your needs. I live in Denmark and on weekends I enjoy biking off-road in the woods on my mountain bike. On an everyday basis I commute approx. 40 km back and fourth to work on my city/trekking bike. – And I recently purchased an ebike for those days where I can’t bare to arrive sweaty at work. So now I have three different bikes, – one for each purpose.
If you’re a real bicycle-enthusiast, like me, you’re going to need multiple bikes. It’s impossible to find one bike that will cover all your needs. It can however be a costly hobby, so it’s important to scope the market for good offers.
When I was shopping for my mountain bike, I visited many different bike shops. The service was always good, and the bicycle mechanics really know what they’re talking about. – There is however a price for this service, and if you’re a novice in the bicycle area, then I would definitely pay extra for this service and buy it at a physical bike store.
On the other hand, if you’re familiar and comfortable with bikes, and you have a well grounded knowledge in the area, then you might consider buying a bike somewhere else like a used bike, the internet or maybe even a police auction.
I recently purchased my new ebike on Denmark’s largest bicycle store: Coop – Cykler
(Cykler means bicycle in Danish). I surfed the net for about a month before I decided on my new ebike, making sure that I had exhausted all possibilities.
The bike is a Mustang Passion (not the car) with 7 gears in black aluminium and it is able to travel approx. 35 km on a full charge, which is perfect for me. I remember back in the days where an ebike cost as much as a small motorcycle and weighed just about the same, – so I was really pleased when I found my Passion bike. It weighs 23 kg and cost about 1.500 $, which probably sounds expensive in comparison to American standards, but it’s actually quite cheap considering our high VAT (25 %) in Denmark.
So just to sum up, choose your bike according to what your going to use it for and make sure that you have scoped the market for the best price and service if you need it.
I wish you lot’s of luck when choosing your next bike.