579 retailers and counting. This collection of retailers is the most complete and comprehensive selection of tri-specific bike dealers in North America. The purpose is to introduce triathletes to the dealers they should know, and to present as much pertinent information about them as possible.
Searching the database
Our Advanced Search is very potent, and will help you drill down to that set of retailers conforming to a specific purpose you have in mind. For example, you could search for those shops that have F.I.S.T. Certified fitters on staff; and that carry Cervelo and Kuota; and that have either a Serotta or Exit Cycling fit bike; and that are in either Wisconsin or Illinois. Or you could search for shops in Georgia that stock Quintana Roo wetsuits. The search parameters are yours to choose.
Browsing the database
You do not need to log in to do this. You'll find a list of retailers in your region by clicking the regional links on the left. Click the (+) sign and the region will expand to expose the individual states. Click on the state to show that list of retailers in it. If you want to see retailers in multiple states, but not those states we've aggregated into the regions you see at left, you may do this via our Advanced Search.
F.I.S.T. Certified Dealers
Many readers want to know which bike dealers near them have F.I.S.T.-Certified fitters on staff. Each dealer's informational entry will show whether such fitters are employed there. If you want a list of such shops in your area, the Advanced Search will provide this for you.
Showing solidarity with your LBS
When you see your local bike shop listed here, you may click the "I SHOP HERE" button. Your User Name will be added to the shop's list of customers, just like your User Name appends to those races you choose when you build your Slowtwitch Personal Race Calendar. Likewise, your Forum User Profile will show that this is your LBS of choice.
You must be a registered user to add a retailer to the database. There is one common type of registration on Slowtwitch, and if you are registered to post on our Reader Forum you are one of 60,000 who have made a registration, and this means you're able to add retailers to our database. However, this is not like adding a race to our calendar. There are a lot of technical elements to this entry, and almost certainly the retailer will want to do this himself. Therefore, it is wisest not to make an entry on behalf of your preferred retailer, but to urge him to do so himself.
If you're not registered, the login prompt is to the left of the page, near the top. The registration process is straightforward, easy, and free. It will require you to receive an email and click on a link to complete your registration. All this should take you only a minute or two. Then...
1. Click the ADD A SHOP button to begin adding to the database.
2. Once you SUBMIT your shop, you'll also need to CONFIRM your submission via a link at the bottom of the page.
3. Once you successfully add your shop, it will not immediately be visible to you. We must validate the addition on our end before anyone can see it. We do this so that spammers won't use the shop registration as a way to spam our database.
How to edit published information about a retailer
Any registered user may edit information for a listing. We will review the full contents of each update before confirming any changes that are made. A list of all editors who have made changes is visible at the bottom of each listing. If an entry has been updated, but those changes have not yet been confirmed, this is evident via a note on the individual page for that particular entry. This is to prevent conflicting updates from occuring simultaneously. If you wish to update an entry with pending changes, please wait until we have had a chance to review those changes first. Someone may have already changed the information you were going to change yourself.
How to comment on a retailer
Any registered user may make a comment on a retailer. These comments are subject to validation by an administrator before being published.