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Old 06-16-14, 10:32 PM
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Best times of year for local shop deals on bicycles?

When are generally the best times of year for local shop deals? I'd guess when shops need to clear out last year's bikes before new inventory comes in.
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Old 06-16-14, 10:37 PM
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end of season .. and dead of winter... after new years
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Old 06-16-14, 10:52 PM
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end of season .. and dead of winter... after new years
Thanks fietsbob - when is "end of season"? And you mean dead of winter around mid-January to end of February?
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Best be asking Manager-owner of the shop in question , not the "cloud" in theory ,, Good luck ..
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Both the "cloud" and the shop manager have wisdom to offer...and shop managers tend to want to focus on clearing inventory on hand right now, not later.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
end of season .. and dead of winter... after new years
This is the same I have been told by the experienced riders in the groups I ride with.
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better to go for service then too , comes back quicker than busy summer queue, a week out returns
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I was in a Specialized dealership on Saturday, and they were already talking about the 2015 models. They apologized for not having much 2014 inventory left. If that's true, I would think that now would be a good time to buy Specialized.

I refer to them as a "dealership" because that's how they treated me--like some idiot buying a car for the first time. Just like with cars, I knew more about the product than my salesperson, and all I did was spend an hour on the website.
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It's always a balancing act. YOu have the best selection in May, better prices in September, and best prices in January -- but also the worst selection then.

Waiting until winter might work OK if you're interested in a well-stocked model, but make sure the dealer doesn't pressure you into a bike that doesn't fit. When it comes to bike fit, "close enough" isn't.
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Originally Posted by RideMyWheel View Post
I was in a Specialized dealership on Saturday, and they were already talking about the 2015 models. They apologized for not having much 2014 inventory left. If that's true, I would think that now would be a good time to buy Specialized.

I refer to them as a "dealership" because that's how they treated me--like some idiot buying a car for the first time. Just like with cars, I knew more about the product than my salesperson, and all I did was spend an hour on the website.
Factory dealers are gonna operate differently then LBS's will. The LBS's around here still have 2013,12,11, even a few 10's in stock. The factory stores though only keep the latest in the inventory, If I were to guess, I would say they sell off the older models to the LBS's.
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