How to pick your next bike.

How to pick your next bike.

Debi Grupe

One thing we hear about in the VIP Club is how much people love their bikes. Often they talk with great fondness of their ride (many even give their bike a name).

Naturally, as they think about their next bike, they’ll ask the group for their opinion.  “What do you think I should buy?” they’ll say.

You have lots of options when it’s time to buy your next ride starting with: How many bikes should you have?  N+1. Where N is the number you have now.

Here are some thoughts:

1. Spend time in your Local Bike Shop (LBS). They love bikes too and should ask you questions about how and where you ride.  Let them get to know you. Budget matters so get a number in mind before you start.

2. Surf online. Check out all the manufacturer’s websites. You’ll start to notice how bikes are packaged and what components and wheels show up at what price point.

3. Consider a used bike. Start following models on eBay and see what they sell for. A bike with 10,000 miles on it is just getting broken in. You might catch a break on craigslist too. Your LBS might even have a line on some trade-ins.

4. Buy a frame and build it out yourself. Makes for a great winter project.

5. A good time to buy a bike is late December, early January. That’s when the new model years start to ship and the older ones go on sale. You can score a great deal if they have something in your size.

Don’t forget to test ride the bikes, if you can. I test rode a Cannondale, Fuji, Specialized and Trek bike on the same day and liked the Cannondale best. All were great. It was tough!

Testimonials (More reviews are available on each product page)

(INFINITY BIKE SEAT) Bill W.  Truly an amazingly comfortable seat. So much so, that I was unaware of any discomfort whatsoever.

(INFINITY BIKE SADDLE) Mark T.  I absolutely love the seat I recommend it as much as I can to whomever will listen!

I have Infinity saddles on both my bikes ! Again great saddle I went through quite a few before this one!!

(BIBS) Julie Fisher These are actually tied for favorite bibs I have along with my Rapha. The VIP cost is 40% of Rapha before this Black Friday sale!

(USA JERSEY) David.  Previously I had only invested in jerseys when there was a sale or through organized rides. This is my first time purchasing one thru the group and I AM THRILLED with the jersey!

(BIBS) Parker King‬ I need to brag on the quality of these bibs. I purchased the first offering of the VIP kit and the chamois they use is a better/more comfortable that what I already own, the VIP kit is now my favorite! 

‪(BIBS) James Breda‬ I have to agree as well. I have the original shorts and I love them too. They fit great and the chamois is wonderful. I got the race fit jersey and it fits just the way you want it to. All sizes are exactly spot on. Wonderful kit. I'm going to order other designs from Zavvy. 

(JERSEY) Jerry Brick I love my VIP Jersey, it's my favorite.

(JERSEY) Mark Rosenbaum Got my VIP Jersey and bibs a few weeks back and did a century ride this past weekend and they are as advertised. I love my Castelli sets and the quality here through 500+ miles is as good and maybe better.

‪(JERSEY) Lauren Cohen-Tepper‬ I love my jersey!!!!

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