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Offline Jim DeLuca

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When is the best time to buy a bike?
« on: August 14, 2013, 10:13:22 AM »
Finally, after months of rehab after my near death experience I'm ready to get back on the trails.  Unfortunately, my blood pressure is a major concern, so probably riding now is not the time, so I'm going to wait until it cools down and until then I'll just continue working out at the Gym.  Anyway, my question is that since I have so much down time when is the best time to get a deal on a bike?  I'll probably go with a 29er used and cheap.  I'll have a long time to wait until it cools down, so I have time to wait until I purchase.  My goal is to get some rides in when it cools down and finally participate in a SWAMP C group ride. 

Any advise is appreciated.  As always, sarcasm, off the wall comments accepted.

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Re: When is the best time to buy a bike?
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2013, 10:28:08 AM »
NOW - It's always the best time to buy a bike ;D. I think the big brands start to release the next year's models during the summer, so closeouts on the 2013 stuff should be going on now. I'm not sure what the health concern was, but you may want to look into a road bike and using a hear rate monitor. It would allow you to keep a steady heart rate in a safe range while building up your endurance.

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Re: When is the best time to buy a bike?
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2013, 01:28:32 PM »
For starters, if you don't have a bike, the best time is always now. Seriously, get out there it's a blast.

But if you have a bike and are just looking to upgrade, then you have twice the selection when the new models start to ship. You can choose to get the latest and greatest, or get a great deal on last year's model -- the best deal isn't always the cheapest. Not only can this save you some money, but it can also save you regret if the new model actually features something you really valued. No matter what you choose to do, become an expert on it. Make sure you are familiar with the differences in the models and how they match up with what you like to ride -- if you are new to the sport, ask shops about demos and rentals. Even a used bike can be a bad deal if you don't know how to check it out in order avoid costly repairs -- do the fork seals need replacing, etc.

If you are just starting to learn about mountain bikes, and can't ride right away for health reasons, you might wait until the Fat Tire Festival at Alafia/Balm on Nov 9th-10th. There will be lots of demos trailers there with every bike under the sun. It would be a great chance to test out different models from different manufacturers, back to back on the same trail.

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Re: When is the best time to buy a bike?
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2013, 07:52:00 PM »
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Re: When is the best time to buy a bike?
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2013, 08:40:02 PM »
Thanks all!  I know I'm not going to be riding until its cool out, so it gives me the opportunity to do a build.  Although, I can't pass up a good deal, especially if its being sold to get a new model. 

Oh yeah, I'll definitely be using my HR monitor.  I believe my GPS has one built in.  I've just never used it.  My big thing is to keep my BP down and take it easy.  Anyway, I'll get on the hunt and see what is out there.  Plus, maybe I can get back into trail work to see how I hold up. 

This will be my last bike!  I said that 15 bikes ago.  Once again thanks! 

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Re: When is the best time to buy a bike?
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2013, 11:47:31 PM »
I think it was Jenson that has some huge deals right now. CL has a lot of bikes for sale, but here are some of the best deals I found. Of course, not knowing your size doesn't help.


Medium 2006 Cannondale F800 $600:
http://sarasota.craigslist.org/bik/3891920552.html


Large Cannondale Rize 4 $800:
http://tampa.craigslist.org/hil/bik/4000190231.html


Medium Cannondale Prophet 600 $800:
http://treasure.craigslist.org/bik/4000027948.html


Medium Cannondale Prophet for $1100:
http://sarasota.craigslist.org/bik/4002075139.html


Medium Cannondale Rush $1200:
http://tampa.craigslist.org/hil/bik/3951704563.html


Medium 2013 Specialized FSR 29er $1500:
http://sarasota.craigslist.org/bik/3966883685.html



Medium 2012 Blue Competion Cycles Full Sus. $1700:
http://orlando.craigslist.org/bik/3971745185.html
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Re: When is the best time to buy a bike?
« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2013, 10:17:54 PM »
I think it was Jenson that has some huge deals right now. CL has a lot of bikes for sale, but here are some of the best deals I found. Of course, not knowing your size doesn't help.


Thanks!  I can go either M or L  depends on the bike.  I'm probably going to go with a 29er again.  I've got a few to check out this weekend so we will see. 

 

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