Janette Toral sharing her tourist experience in Australia.

Monday 22 December 2008

Buying a Beach Cruiser Bicycle

It is now summer time in Australia and most folks frequent the beach for relaxation. In our case, Henley Beach is only 15 minutes away.

As we see folks riding Cruiser Bikes or Beach Bikes, we can't help but consider investing in one.

In the U.S., there is an online bike store, Makai Bikes, that sells beach cruiser bicycles. I noticed that the price range is no more than 200 dollars.

Other products being promoted are bicycle accessories such as bells, horns, and stickers that are worth no more than 10 US dollars.

What I like about the site includes:
  • Product photos
    The site has more than one that allows the user to see products in greater detail and perspective.

  • Comparison of products
    Each product category has multiple products. You can tick the products you are interested in for comparison purposes based on price, availability, and other product features.

  • Customer review
    You can also read product reviews made by customers. Hopefully this can give further insight on products being considered by prospects. I think it would further help if those who gave testimonials were photograph near or while riding the bicycle.

  • The site also provide Free Shipping Bicycles to majority of U.S. states.

  • Friendly refund policy
    Customers may also return new, unopened items within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. They can also return any used items not satisfied with within 30 days of delivery for a full refund or an exchange. All returns must first be authorized so that they can give detailed instructions on where to send your item(s).
Other areas worth improving includes:
  • Sell locks or security
    This is meant to protect bike owners from theft. Another option also is to sell insurace for bicycles.

  • Newsletter promo
    The site has a promotion encouraging people to join and be included in the raffle for getting a bike for free. I think this is an interesting promo and needs to be further disseminated. Mechanics on how to win one must be also be visible in the site to attract attention.
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