Almost "afraid" to start this post!! Motobecane doesn't seem to get any love on this forum....and I see alot of bashing from guys that don't even own them.....always seems to open up a can of wormks when anyone post about any bike from BD...even seen guys accused of being a shill.....so I figured I might be safe posting about it in the Motobecane sub-forum!
I live in the city of Jacksonville, and have been looking for a new urban/Hybrid. in my neighborhood I have two LBS within walking distance, but have several more within greater Jacksonville.
The first bike I checked out was a cannondale at a "world famous" local shop that carries cannondale only....was basically ignored and handed a catalog and price list...being a "Clydesdale" I think I didn't fit this shops profile.....oh well...still looking.
Went to another bike that carried both Cannondale and Trek and they had great service...friendly staff that answered all of my questions and made some good recommendations.
We also have Bikes Direct retails locations here in Jacksonville so I checked them out and was impressed! the two biggest complaints I hear on most forums about BD is " they arent a LBS and you should be supporting your LBS" and that you have to assembly the bikes.....well for me, neither is true.... The Bikes are full assembled, wheels trued, perfectly set up...they offer free tune-ups and service for life as well as free labor on any parts I purchase through them...
After spending some time trying a few bikes and narrowing it down to my needs with some help from Alex and Corey I decided on the Cafe Express 8. After comparing to other bikes , I felt I was getting the best dollar value...and also the best service.
Here are some pics after todays ride....LOVE IT!!!
The Nexus 8 hub
I like this .....alot!
Pretty comfy seat for my big behind!
Overall I am really happy with my purchase...and I would HIGHLY recommend for anyone living on the First coast to come to Jax and check out BD in person....!
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