Should I buy a bike now or save up a little more and get one for next season?

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  1. mrchainsaw

    mrchainsaw New Member

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    It was recently my birthday and I asked for a road bike, or basically money to go towards a road bike. I was just thinking though, if I bought one now, I wouldn't really be able to ride it during the winter. So wouldn't it be smarter to wait until next season to buy a bike when I can actually ride it and buy a better one with more money? Thanks.
     
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  2. cali-largeguy

    cali-largeguy New Member

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    Why can't you ride it during the winter? Unless you get feet of snow, there are always a couple of great days when you could ride. Ever heard of an indoor trainer or rollers. Either of which allow you to ride all year long. Get it now, that way when spring rolls around you will have all the kinks worked out of the bike. Just my 2 cents though.
     
  3. domaindomain

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    if you want a "best bike" I'd wait until next year's models come out and then buy one of this years at a great price.
     
  4. StartTday

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    Wait to buy... just save your money and buy a better bike when the weather warms up.
     
  5. mrchainsaw

    mrchainsaw New Member

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    If I was to buy rollers then I'd have nothing to spend on my bike.

    Also, what do you think I could buy this years models for once the new ones come out? Like what would a Trek 1000 or Giant OCR3 cost?

    Thanks for all the advice.
     
  6. philso

    philso New Member

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    hold your horses and wait.

    domaindomain is right. not only will you have more money by then, but this years' models will be on sale.

    all the makers have homepages. you can get all the specs on components, geometry and suggested retail price. check some of the big on-line stores to see what they have on sale also.

    http://www2.trekbikes.com/Bikes/Index.php
    http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/06/cusa/cats/
    http://www.giant-bicycle.com/us/000.000.000/000.000.000.asp
    http://www.bianchiusa.com/2006bicycles.html
    http://www.fujibikes.com/2005/road.asp

    http://www.nashbar.com/index.cfm
    http://www.supergo.com/itemlist.cfm?lsubcat_id=7618&lcat_id=7604
    http://www.totalbike.com/products/

    there are many others, just do a search with the makers' names.

    have fun (but do your homework 1st, or at least before it's due LOL) ;)
     
  7. blue1

    blue1 New Member

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    I think wait untill next year.
     
  8. mrchainsaw

    mrchainsaw New Member

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    Although many of you said wait, I think I'm going to buy a cheap used bike to hold me over until spring because I don't know if I mentioned it but this would be my first road bike and I don't know if I can wait until spring. Thanks for the advice though.
     
  9. philso

    philso New Member

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    i don't usually speak for anyone but myself, but in this case i'd bet each and everyone of us here can understand where you're coming from.

    used bike can be a real deal, but be careful not to get one so cheap that you're going to have to throw all your money at it replacing parts, etc.

    good luck hunting ;)
     
  10. HenryLaRoy

    HenryLaRoy New Member

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    I know how you feel! Forget Ebay, though! What a ripoff! Good used bikes go for near new prices, so do the crappy ones.

    Have you explained your situation to the LBS? The guys who run the store around the corner from me are great. I got into biking this year. I was laid off and have tons of time but money is a concern. They helped me out a lot, although it was a friend who got me a used frame and the major components, the shop filled in the gaps from the "used parts bin" and got a really good bike put together. I think they were thrilled to see a new enthusiast who will come back for service, upgrades and one day... a high end new bike. But I think my wife's brownies helped too. :)
     
  11. lehowe0

    lehowe0 New Member

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    If you have a bike to ride now, you can wait. It you're bikeless, go ahead and get yourself a new one.
     
  12. mrchainsaw

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    Yeah this would be my first bike. So no riding until spring if I waited.
     
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    Look around now, see what you would like. Bike shops want to sell 2005 bikes before the end of the year tom get them on the 2005 books. Wait till the last 2 weeks of December then look for the best deal you can get on your preferred bike. You can find new 2005 bikes for as low as 50% off.

    Saving your money for new a 2006 model does not mean a better bike.
     
  15. tyler_derden

    tyler_derden New Member

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    Don't buy now, and don't wait until spring. Winter is when the bike dealers are hurting the most and you'll get your best deal on "last year's model". Buy between Xmas and end of January, especially when there's news of big blizzards on TV.

    TD
     
  16. Cycle2100

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    The dead of winter may be the best time to buy, but by then selection will be limited. I'd be shopping now, and if you see the right bike at the right price, jump on it. I got a great deal on my '05 Trek 2100 at the end of September, and at that time there were only 11 left in the factory, and none at dealers (in my size).
     
  17. ptlwp

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    This indeed, is true. I bought the very last hybrid 7100 Trek that the store had!! In my size and for women, anyway, that is.

    It's like waiting for bathing suits, for women, to go on sale; unless you are extremely small or large, all the middle sizes and best selection will be long gone and I guess, for pretty much, lots of things.
     
  18. Litespeed Johny

    Litespeed Johny New Member

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    I would start looking now! Many bike shops in my area are already having thier end of season sales. Some are even offering 25 to 50% off and the longer you wait the less selection is available. I just got an awesome deal on my new litespeed at 36% off their regular prices too good to pass up as I also was going to wait to upgrade in the spring. I live in the Northeast and yes the winters can limit your riding somewhat but I usually manage to still get out and ride. good luck and let us know how you make out!
     
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