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    Whens the best time to buy from an LBS?

    I'm looking to pick up a cheap road bike for myself ( a 205lb clyde). I really want to get a good fit and a good price on one. When is best time to buy from an LBS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ocz800 View Post
    When is best time to buy from an LBS?
    When they're closed.

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    Never! Take the money you save from buying online. Buy a Park tool kit. Build it yourself. Cut out the middle man and get closer with how the new extension of your body works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ocz800 View Post
    I'm looking to pick up a cheap road bike for myself ( a 205lb clyde). I really want to get a good fit and a good price on one. When is best time to buy from an LBS?
    Normally, it would be just after the new model year comes out, or toward the start of the winter months. But lots of bike prices are increasing for the 2009 models, so the 2008 models may not be so heavily discounted.
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    after the new models come out and during the slow part of the year. If you ask a LBS they will tell you when they tend to close out stuff. Hopefully you dont want a bike sized for an average person as those usually go fast.

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    Time of day, 1-4PM

    Time of year, depending on where you live. Here in Texas, September to November is good. In northern states, September to December are good times.

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    The bad thing is, because they are discounted, yer tempted to get the one not your size, not the color u prefer, but will have to live with the next 10 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kk4df View Post
    Normally, it would be just after the new model year comes out, or toward the start of the winter months. But lots of bike prices are increasing for the 2009 models, so the 2008 models may not be so heavily discounted.
    +1

    Until our economy has adjusted to higher fuel prices and a lower dollar, expect fewer deals at most shops.
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    When the bike shop is about to go under.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garfield Cat View Post
    When the bike shop is about to go under.
    Then you don't get the free 30 day tune up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post
    +1

    Until our economy has adjusted to higher fuel prices and a lower dollar, expect fewer deals at most shops.
    Bad shops will hang onto aging product hoping to turn a profit on it, but good shops wont do that and will cut their losses and get new product that will sell fast and for a profit.

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    Late Jan/Feb in my part of the world. Christmas sales are over and it's too early for the roadies to come out of hibernation.

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    Most LBS will treat you right. They don't make a whole lot on bikes. Assessories and repairs is their bread and butter.

    At 250 your going to need a good rear wheel. Ask the shop about that.

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    Yeah, I would say when the new model year comes out, but in my experience, I have gotten the best deals in the winter time when the shop is slow. Plus, you can get to know the shop staff (don't forget to bring in beers if it's a local shop, and they cut you a great deal).
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