Fall and winter are excellent times to start your bike shopping for next summer. Shops are never as busy as they are in the summertime, and you’ll be able to get more attention from the staff.
This makes for a much better shopping experience.
What to Look for
What is your budget? This will help narrow down the overwhelming number of choices. We know you’re probably not interested in the most expensive bicycles in the world, but to get what you truly want, you’ll have to spend a little money. Knowing your budget in advance will help you stay on track, but be sure to come up with a range and have some flexibility. After all, your bike in an investment in your health.
Knowing exactly what type of riding you want to be doing, and what features your current bike lacks, will also help you hone in. Remember – no bike has it all. If you’re looking for the cargo-cross-light weight-zippy-gravel grinder, you need more than one bike.
Plan a good time to go
Not all shop staff are well trained to help sell bikes. Go at a time when the shop is less busy so they can spend more time with you.
Take a good test ride
How does it climb? Descend? You want to know how the bike performs in a variety of scenarios. Don’t rush your test ride – the bike is a big investment and you want to know you’re really comfortable on the bike before you make your purchase.
Don’t fear the test ride! Enjoy it!
- Ride as many bikes as you want.
- Be sure the bike is adjusted for you and the tires are aired up.
- Return to the shop and re-ride the bikes you’re most interested in.
- Consider visiting multiple shops.
Know what you want to ask, do a little research, then hit the shops. This will save you a lot of time in the long run. And that’s time you can use to catch up on your book, hit up Red Flush casino and of course ride your bike much more.
Bring a hit list of questions and ideas you want to go through with the shop.
Do careful research
Be sure you know what you’re getting for your money. Search around online. Maybe even take a break every so often for Red Flush casino to clear your head, then return to the task of components, parts and cost.
Whatever decision you make, enjoy the ride!