vjosullivan wrote:indy wrote:I've spoken to Spa of Harrogate (and couple of other well known dealers) who offered me a good price BUT its a days travel...
It seems a little ironic not to be willing to travel to collect a touring bike.
I did a 500 mile round trip in my wife's car on a Saturday morning to collect my bike from Spa. a) because the price was exceptional (a lot more than £110 cheaper than anywhere else), and b) just to see for myself this shop that everyone kept going on about. Isn't that what travelling's all about? The bike was set up perfectly and I can do most of the after-sales tweaks for myself (and if I can't my rather more LBS can).
O.K whats the general feeling on the forum about this?
Would you travel to save money* OR is it more important to develop a good relationship with your LBS?
I'm already aware that IF I do decide to go to a far away BS that I need to back off my LBS as it doesn't seem fair to use their expertise to buy from another dealer.
*LBS hasn't given me a price but I'm pretty sure that a far away BS will be noticeably and worthwhilely cheaper.