Why Buy Local
Support Your Local Bike Shop
When you shop at your local bike shop, you're giving back to your cycling community. The team at your local shop works everyday to get more people riding bikes, creating a healthy and happy neighborhood. Buy Local Now helps you browse the largest selection of name brand cycling gear online, and then we connect you directly with your local bike shop to buy. We make it easy to shop how you want, when you want. Since 2012, Buy Local Now has been proud to connect cyclists with quality products at a bike shop nearby.
Why Buy From Your Local Bike Shop?
Each Bicycle is Unique for You
A bicycle is a different kind of product. There are many different styles to choose from and ways to set them up to match your physical characteristics. Bike shops can join you in making the right choice so you are happy and safe on your new bike.
You Get Trustworthy and Tested Brands
Cycling has been flooded with low quality products intended to deliver a profit to the seller, not a safe and satisfying experience for you. Bike shops, and especially bike mechanics, build long term relationships with the best brands to build and refine products that you can trust. Whether you are looking for a complete bike or a floor pump, you will get more value from a product you get from a bike shop quality brand bought from your local bike shop.
You Help New People Discover Cycling
When you got your first nice bike, where did you go? The bike shop. When you have a friend you want to get into the sport, where do you take them? The bike shop. Local shops have great advice and are experts at helping break through barriers and at welcome new people into cycling.
You Support New Bike Trails and Bike Lanes
Trails and bike lanes don't build themselves. Local advocates and business owners need to show up at public meetings so the voices of cyclists are heard. Trail crews need to get organized. Dirt needs to be moved. Bike shops show up and get the job done. They make your community better.
You Support Bike Rides and Bike Races
When is the last time you participated in a cycling event that wasn't sponsored or supported by a local bike shop? Bike shops invest their time and money into creating opportunities for local cyclists to ride. They are there for the last minute flat tire changes and shifting adjustments to keep you riding.
You Support Meaningful Careers for People Who Love Bikes
Being a bike mechanic is a professional trade, just like being an electrician or airplane mechanic. When you spend your money locally, you are helping provide a living wage to the mechanics, bike fitters, sales associates, managers, and owners of the local bike shop. Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally and in your community.
You Support More Choice and Better Prices
A healthy network of small local bike shops is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term. A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based not on a national sales plan but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.
You Reduce Your Environmental Footprint
When you shop at your local bike shop, your purchases often ship in bulk from a distributor to the bike shop, saving packaging and transportation waste.
You Get What You Want Faster
Most common cycling products are in stock at one of your favorite local bike shops. You don't have to wait for shipping; you can go get it today.
You Make Your Community a Destination
The more healthy bike shops you have in your community, the more you will attract new neighbors, visitors, and guests. Outdoor recreation is a major contributor to quality of life and helps cities and towns thrive.
You Support a Unique Community
What would you rather have - one big box sporting good store or ten unique local bike shops? Local bike shops all have their own character and selection that make being a cyclist way more fun. Big box stores are boring.
You Support Your Local Economy
Studies show that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than a nationally owned business, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses and service providers, continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.
You Conserve Your Tax Dollars
Spending locally ensures that your sales taxes are reinvested where they belong— in your community. Local businesses require comparatively little infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally owned stores. In addition, nationally owned businesses often demand tax incentives.
You Invest in Entrepreneurship
Creativity and entrepreneurship are what the American economy is founded on. Bike shop owners are passionate, committed, and hard working. They take significant risk to open their business and it's hard work. Please show them your support.