I have had my eye on a tri-bike for sometime, its not a necessity, I don’t need it, but would definitely be a benefit if I could afford it(see below). So, I find the bike online, new, closeout, listed for $400 less than my LBS listing. I have never ridden the bike, but if I test ride and it feels good, I would consider it. So my questions are:
1. Do you think it is unfair to go and test ride a bike at a LBS without purchasing from the shop?
2. Would it still be unfair if you asked the shop to match or at least come close to matching the price online?
3. If question 1 is not cool, how would you go about test riding a bike without offending a the LBS?
I hate buying online if I can buy local, and I hate jerking around shops, it just doesn’t sit right with me, but I just can’t see spending an extra 400 bucks.
Any opinions would be appreciated.
(I currently am riding an average road bike, I have done an HIM, a couple of Olympics and sprints, currently training for IM KY, the road bike suits me just fine, I am just thinking that the tri geometry(if it fits) will be better all around since I am only focusing on IM distance from here on out)