I'm looking at my first bike purchase from a LBS, in the $400-$550 range (still undecided, so this question is prep work). Not a huge purchase to them, no doubt, but big to me. Can you guys give me any tips on how to get more for my money? Here are a few things I've thought of:
--when are 2012 models out, and when can I expect them to be more willing to move existing models?
--if they have a 2010 model "in back" what would be a reasonable % discount off MSRP?
--is it better to try to get them to throw in accessories or something instead of a price cut? if so, what might that look like?
I live in a smaller town that has 4 small bike shops that each carry different brands. Almost all of their prices are at MSRP. Would also consider going to a bigger city for more selection, but ideally it would be nice to keep the business here.
I'll take any other suggestions too. Thanks!