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If you don't demand the latest, greatest components, you can still find very good buys for used bikes on eBay, Craiglist, etc. For example, you can get great deals on bikes with Shimano 9-speed groups (Ultegra, 105) because all the new bikes have 10, 11 speeds. In my view, 9-speed is better anyway because it's more durable, but replacement parts are harder to fine.

The tricks to buying used bikes are to know what size you need, learn how geometry affects fit (such as seat tube angles), and demand good photos/ask lots of questions if buying on line. I have a collection of very nice road bikes, most of which were bought used frames/forks and built up with parts that I removed from other bikes or bought for good prices on-line. I pay my LBS to build up the frames, in most cases for much less money than it would cost to buy a new bike.
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