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Posted April 14, 2012 by Adam in buying a mountain bike
 
 

When is the Best Time to Buy a Bike?


Whilst there is not strictly a best time to buy a bike there are a few times during the year when you can get a good deal and save some money.

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The 3 factors that affect buying time are:

  1. The seasons
  2. New Models
  3. Christmas

The best time to buy a bike is different depending on if you are in the northern or southern hemisphere.

Click if you live in the northern hemisphere

Click if you live in the southern hemisphere


If you are in the Northern Hemisphere the 2 best times to buy a bike are:

September

In September every year (or very close to) next year’s models come out. This means bike shops clear out their old stock to make space for the hot new models. As the weeks pass the price of old bikes continues to go down but selection also goes down. You may be able to get a very good deal on the previous year’s model in January but you would be very lucky to find one the right size (especially if you are of average height).

In the dead of winter after Christmas

The main bike buying seasons are spring, summer and early autumn. The exception to this is the increase in purchases leading up to Christmas. What does this mean for you?

If you are after a really good deal then the best time to buy a bike is in the dead of winter after Christmas. This is the northern hemispheres real low point in sales and many bike shops will give you a REALLY good deal just to make a sale and keep their employees busy until the spring season starts.


If you are in the Southern Hemisphere the 3 best times to buy a bike are:

September

In September every year (or very close to) next year’s models come out. This means bike shops clear out their old stock to make space for the hot new models. As the weeks pass the price of old bikes continues to go down but selection also goes down. You may be able to get a very good deal on the previous year’s model in January but you would be very lucky to find one the right size (especially if you are of average height).

After Christmas

Whilst summer is usually a good buying time there is always a big peak leading up to Christmas and a lull following Christmas. Depending on the shop and how much of a peak and lull they experience, you can usually pick up a good deal in an after-Christmas-sale. It isn’t as certain as the northern hemisphere (who is also in winter at this time) but have a look around and you will be able to pick up a good deal.

In the dead of winter

The main bike buying seasons are spring, summer and early autumn. If you are after a good deal then the best time to buy a bike is in the dead of winter. This is a low point in sales and most bike shops will give you a good deal so they can make a sale and keep their employees busy until the spring season starts.

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Adam