I think I got very lucky with my bike, but many out there looking on Craig's List or Ebay will find some fantastic deals on some truly epic bikes. Then there are those that are, well, I think the phrase is "putting lipstick on a pig". Something being sold as more than what the bike really is. Look out for terms like "Vintage" or "Classic". For guitars, that's wonderful, for bikes, other than a few exceptions, it's simply old technology.
|Dr. Narson (on 2000 Cannondale R1000 Aero, Zipp 808s, FSA Tri-bars) in 2013 Nautica South Beach Triathlon|
For a cyclist or triathlete purchasing a bike is a huge deal. A salesman will tell you that your first tri-bike is only that, your first tri bike. There will be another. So, many go to the second hand market to look for a good deal on a bike knowing that the first bike is usually a starter. Enter,The Bicycle Blue Book. For years, internet shoppers were able to find prospective cars on Kelly Blue Book, Edmunds or AutoTrader.com. For us cyclists, now there's one for us. With some bike selling for $5000, $10,000 and depending on your components, upwards of $20,000, you want to make sure you know what you're bidding on or bargaining for. So, if you're in the market for a bike and you think you have your eye on a good deal, check out www.bicyclebluebook.com
Dr. Todd Narson
Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians
Miami Beach Family & Sports Chiropractic Center
Dr. Narson is a 2-term past president of the Florida Chiropractic Association’s Council on Sports Injuries, Physical Fitness & Rehabilitation and was honored as the recipient of the coveted Chiropractic Sports Physician of the Year Award in 1999-2000. He practices in Miami Beach, Florida at the Miami Beach Family & Sports Chiropractic Center; A Facility for Natural Sports Medicine.