Have you ever thought about all the advantages that online shopping has brought us? You can find online pretty much anything that you can think of – all that at lower prices than the ones in brick-and-mortar stores due to the fact that there is a bigger competition online. On top of that, you get to compare the difference in prices from the comfort of your home and have the products you choose delivered right at your doorstep. Talk about convenience! My favorite thing to shop online? Push bike parts.
Call me old-fashioned, but I love keeping my ride in mint condition and shopping for push bike parts online makes it that much easier for me. Just think about the advantages that I just talked about and you will understand my love for online shopping. Of course, the online marketplace isn’t always ideal, and sometimes a part that you buy may not fit or may come slightly damaged, but that’s fixable – you can return it and get a new one in a matter of hours. But to help you out reduce these occurrences to a minimum, I’ve compiled a comprehensive guide on what you should check before you click the ‘order now’ button. Here’s a bit help on the matter.
Choose the Right Bike Parts
Before you buy push bike parts online, you should do extensive research on the characteristics of the bike model that you have and its parts. You should also check the exact size and specifications of each part that you want to buy so you don’t order the wrong one and have to send it back to exchange it. If you are getting new brakes or wheels, pay more attention to your existing gear and how it operates. This will help you discover whether you need to change some other parts as well and the tools you may need for that process. Brick-and-mortar stores might not have all the small parts that you need for your bike in stock, which is almost never a problem with online shops.
Before you put everything together, you need to be equipped with at least the basic knowledge. So, do your research beforehand as you may need specific tools in order to put some parts together. If you aren’t sure if you’ll be able to do it yourself, you can always go to some local bike shop or mechanic and have them help you. However, I know that many of you will first try to do it on your own, so yes – do your research and be well equipped for the task before you take things in your hands. If you get stuck somewhere in the assembly process, find a tutorial on the matter or contact the manufacturer.
When searching for push bike parts online, you should try to find the parts and order them directly from the brand’s website, because they will always have a return policy and be covered with a warranty. Also, always check the reviews and search through bike forums to confirm if the source of the product is reliable – be it eBay, Amazon or any other website. When comparing prices, check if the product you are after is not deviating too much from the RRP (recommended retail price), if it is provided.