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Old 09-17-07, 10:44 AM
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Best time of year to buy a USED bike?

Hi!

I'm guessing that used bikes are especially plentiful around Christmastime--just before and after, as people 'upgrade' to better bikes and have older ones they want to get rid of. Am I correct? What is other people's experience?

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Old 09-17-07, 10:51 AM
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I think right about now is the best time. 2008 bikes are coming out so dealers are starting to cut 2007 prices to clear them off the floor. This usually applies through winter and into early spring, but now is when you'll have a better selection to choose from.
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Old 09-17-07, 12:17 PM
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My best used prices seem to be in the Fall after the riding season.
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Old 09-17-07, 12:53 PM
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Your post references a "used bike." I don't know of any reason there is a better time to buy a used bike. Probably selection is best when more new bikes are being purchased, so this would most likely be Spring/Early Summer.

But like i said, i am not aware of any evidence to support this.
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I buy my used bikes whenever I can, never really noticed a "best" time of year...

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I scored mine at a town-wide garage sale. Well, it wasn't my town, but the one next door. Most of the casual yard sales don't seem to have bikes, at least not around here. But really, it's all a matter of timing.
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Ask your local teams/clubs about swaps or other venues where they or other clubs might liquidate their used gear. In my area late Fall seems best because of all the competitive cyclists. That seems to be when the sposored folks sell off their extra/unused gear to raise cash for the winter. Also, fall is when many rec riders sell that fancy-shmancy ride they bought early summer on a whim and never really rode. Gotta fit the car in the garage for winter right!?!
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I got a beautiful deal on a used Trek MountainTrack for my daughter two years ago at my LBS on a rainy day in early November. The place was empty, and they cut the price to move it. It just might have been the only sale of the day from the looks of things. We were in there for two hours mid day while thinking about taking it, and for them to tune it. Sterling all around, and still had nubs on the tire tread. $80.
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Old 09-18-07, 06:37 PM
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I live near a major university and was floored by the number and quality of bikes selling cheap starting a couple weeks before Christmas. Students needing cash for the holidays, not wanting to cart their bikes home or around during the break, or even mid-term graduates not needing a bike anymore. Whatever the reason they were plenty out there and I plan on being prepared this year.

On the flip side, last month as the new school year was starting, used bikes were selling like hot cakes and at a premium. Definitely a sellers market!
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As far as yard/garage sales go, spring & summer is the best. You have a lot of people emptying their sheds and garages and spring cleaning. You just have to get out there and visit as many of these on a Saturday as possible. People stop having these sales when the weather turns colder.
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I love the yard sale where there aren't any bikes being sold. I'll find a little twenty five cent bauble and as I'm paying I ask... "Oh, by the way do you have any bicycles that you'd consider selling?" It doesn't always net something, but when it does it goes big!

A few weeks ago I scored a primo Schwinn World Sport, this past week end a signed and dated 1998 S&M "Heavy As F**k" MTB, no not their BMX'er, an MTB. Never seen one? Me either and no info on the web either.

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Is there anyone online (business) that sells bikes and ship? looking for raleigh,cannondale,trek.
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