The beauty of shopping at Amazon, the world’s largest online megastore, is the convenience. It’s one-stop shopping anytime, from anywhere with internet, which is great news for cyclists trying to balance work, families and training. Plus, once you’ve picked the tires, tubes, patch kits and lube you need, you can add noise-cancelling headphones, an obscure brand of olive oil, your favorite deodorant, and a cooler for summer road tripping into your cart before you check out. Here’s how to get the most out of Amazon for bike gear and more.

Finding Bikes on Amazon

Amazon carries few name-brand bikes and a dozen styles of commuter bikes, including single speeds, as well as Schwinn and Strider kids’ bikes comparable to what you’d find at most local shops. However the site usually doesn’t provide detailed bike specifications on components or geometry, so if you’re thinking of buying your next ride on the site, you’ll need to do your detailed research elsewhere.

Essentials

Amazon is a great place to shop for essentials like tubes, lube and socks, which you can get in bulk or single orders.  The site also remembers what you ordered last time, so you can stick with your favorite products. Just scroll through past orders and click “buy it again” when you find what you want. You can also make wish lists and register at Amazon for a wedding or other event, to subtly trick your friends and relatives into buying your bike supplies.

Get to Know the Features
One of Amazon’s best features: it makes suggestions. So if you’re looking for tubes to fix that flat, it’ll let you know about a tire too. Add an energy bar to your cart, and it’ll recommend a hydration mix. Buying a bike? Did you remember pedals? This feature makes it easy to get all the gear you need in one stop.
Amazon and Deliveries
Delivery is fast, and only getting faster. Sign up for Amazon Prime, and two-day shipping is free for a huge number of items. A sidebar menu lets you refine by “Prime” if you only want to shop with that option. And with PrimeNOW, you may be able to get deliveries as fast as one to two hours in cities. Which is great news if you’re heading to a race and fresh out of chain lube.
Amazon Returns and Help
Returning items is pretty easy using Amazon’s automated system. But if you have an order issue that goes above and beyond the standard “wrong item shipped,” or “wrong size” return, it can be hard to figure out how to connect with an actual person to get help. The “need more help” button will get you to a window where you can choose to live chat, email or call. We found live chat to be very responsive and usually helpful.