Originally Posted by AxleIke
I was going to ask about building a bike. I've always felt that you can't build a bike for less than you can buy it, simply because the components always seem to be marked up (forks, brakes, cables, etc...).
If you build it yourself you can usually do OK looking for deals, like close-outs and stuff. But straight across a complete new bike is going to be cheaper than the sum of regular retail parts. There isn't as much mark-up in complete bikes as you'd think.
Veloswap is both shops selling excess stock and regular people selling their old stuff. It's huge, you can be in there for a couple of hours no problem. I always find something I need even if I didn't know i needed it. Get your tickets ahead at REI or Performance, it's cheaper and a lot easier.