Alright so you decided that you would like some new parts for your BMX bike or skateboard, but the question remains, should you buy online, or order from an online shop?
Where you choose to buy is, in the end, mostly personal preference, but there is still some things you should take into thought.
Buying local provides many advantages, and disadvantages, just like buying online. Purchasing local lets you come in and examine the exact product you are looking at, also you can get a full and quick explanation on it from an employee. Buying online only has the few photos to view on the product, and only offers whatever description is included on the products page, and if you want an even further explanation you would have to e-mail the site and probably receive the reply a few days later.
Buying from a local store allows you to receive the item right away, but if they are out of stock then you will most likely have to wait for a week or two. If you buy online you will not have the product for however long it takes to ship, which takes anywhere from a day to even maybe weeks, but online stores are rarely out of stock, and when they are, they tend to re-stock faster than local stores.
If you are buying local, then you must travel to the part to buy it, where if you buy online, you are waiting for the part to come to you.
The final point I have to make is the return policy for local vs online. If you buy yourself a new part, but you receive it and don’t like it, returning it for a refund could either be really easy or really hard. If you bought something local then you will most likely be able to go back to the store with part, return the part back to them, and leave with the money you originally spent! Returning parts online however might not be so easy, you will most likely have to e-mail the site asking for a refund, and if they are willing to offer a refund then you must mail the part back, and eventually receive your money again.
As you can see there are many pros, and cons to buying online and local, but in the end, the decision is up to you!
March 23rd, 2014, a Vital Bmx forum post was made saying an edit will be created by clips sent in from forum users, and it turned out pretty well!
This edit is something special, it is not a big bike company’s edit with the biggest sponsored riders doing the craziest tricks. This isn’t an edit that is being made to make or break a pro bikers career. This edit was made by just regular everyday bikers hitting clips in parks and local spots, filmed with everything from a 2000$ Nikon to an iPod.
This isn’t a long article explaining some big exciting Bmx news, this is a small article promoting an edit I feel is really worth appreciating
On the 13th of April, 2014, Red Bull Dirt Conquers returned and did not disappoint! Located in Guadalajara, Mexico, a skate-park was built entirely out of dirt for one of the biggest Bmx competitions of the year. This event combined Bmx dirt, street, and park.
This course catered to every form of Bmx, large gap jumps for the dirt riders, spine ramps and transition spots for park riders, and grids and stall bars for the street riders. This competition featured some of the biggest names in Bmx such as Ryan Nyquist, Mike Hucker Clark, Tyler Fernengel, even a local hero Daniel Sanchez who is said to be Mexico’s most talented rider!
After 3 Bmx filled days the winners were crowned, Leandro Moreira in third, AJ Anaya took second, and Ryan Nyquist took home the 1st place!
Despite being un-sponsored, Adam LZ is a very talented and well known rider, and you can probably tell by his 6,000 followers on Twitter, 40,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel, 23,000 followers on Instagram, 180,000 likes on Facebook and his popular web store LZ BMX. Adam is definitely one of my favorite BMX riders for many reasons, he talks about how you don’t need to be sponsored to ride your bike every day, or how the most important thing is to have fun on your bike no matter your skill level.
As you can tell Adam is a great person and bike rider, but what makes him a great role model for young riders is his opinion on drugs and alcohol in Bmx. He states that he does not promote drug or alcohol use in Bmx because he believes it creates a bad image for the sport and he wants Bmx to live forever.
Something Adam does that not many riders do, is webisodes. Adam has so far put out 15 webisodes that displays the life of him and his friends having fun riding their bikes in all sorts of different places, along with showing how they go about daily life. I think these videos that Adam does are great because it shows his fans who he really his, a nice guy who has fun on his bike, not just an unknown person riding in an edit.
Now that you know more about Adam LZ, I think it’s time you see some of his riding! On April 28th he uploaded a new edit labelled “Florida Sessions” that I think everybody should watch!