Buying a bike, need suggestion (please help)

Discussion in 'Bike buying advice' started by pipedreamer, Jan 4, 2007.

  1. pipedreamer

    pipedreamer New Member

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    I went into my local bike shop and was talking to the owner, I told him I was in the market for a good entry level bike. He told me that me might be able to help me out if I had a bit of money I could afford to keep tied up for a few weeks.

    He's willing to sell me a brand new 2006 Trek EX 9 for well below retail value, and I was wondering if any of you think I would have trouble selling the bike for $2500. As much as I'd love to take the bike for myself, I can sell the bike and be able to afford a good entry level bike with the money I stand to make off of this. Does this sound like a good deal?

    Any opinions/suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
     
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    pipedreamer New Member

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    70 views and not a single response? C'mon...

    Just tell me if $2500 is a fair deal for the bike or not, that's all I ask...
     
  3. atomship47

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    can't answer. don't know.

    but let me get this straight....
    the owner is telling you he'll give you a good deal so that you can sell the bike on your own? i don't get it. if he's making a little $ off the bike, how can you sell it for more than a lbs that offers service, etc.? seems like a potential buyer would be better off trying to work out a deal with this owner directly and eliminate the middle-man.
     
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    pipedreamer New Member

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    Yes, that's exactly right. I've gotten 2 bikes from them in the last 14 months, and both have gotten stolen right from under my nose :( The shop owner is a really good guy and apparently is taking pity on me. I told him I wanted to fork out money for yet another bike, and he offered to help me out.

    He's giving me a brand new bike for dirt cheap that the MSRP on is $3400. I could sell the bike for much less than that, and if I can sell it for, say, $2500 I'll be making a little money off of the deal. Apparently he's giving it to me at cost, or just barely above cost, and whoever buys it from me is still getting a good deal on a great bike.
     
  5. atomship47

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    why doesn't he offer you an entry-level bike for just over cost?



    i'm not trying to be combative with you. i just thought i'd offer a 3rd party pov. it would seem to me that, if he wanted to really give you a good deal, he'd put you on a bike that you really want. maybe he really is a good guy. maybe he's offering you a good deal. maybe he benefits by selling an expensive carry-over from last year. i have no idea whatsoever what someone would pay you for the bike.....caveat emptor

    i was at a local lbs the other day and they are offering a cannondale sport road at a pretty exceptional price. its an '06 left-over and i get the feeling that every day that goes by, the less they feel they'll be able to get for the bike. too bad its not my size.
     
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    pipedreamer New Member

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    The plan is that if I can sell this bike, I will be able to pay for a just-over entry level bike (Trek 6000) with the profit from the EX 9.

    I really don't think he's trying to stiff me, he knows I've given them alot of money over the last year and he feels bad that my stuff keeps getting stolen.
     
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    A fool and his money is easily parted! Don't start wheeling and dealing, you will not come out on top. Buy the cheap bike you want.
     
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