Year in and year out there are constant technological advances in bicycles and bicycle components. There are some very subtle ones and then there are the noticeable ones like carbon fiber becoming the choice for bicycle frames and most components.
Making the right choices in your components and the bicycle you ride will make a world of difference in your riding experience. After I quit racing professionally I had a few options on what I could purchase and I made the choice to get one of my old racing frames (2011 Cannondale Hi-Mod Super Six) fixed and built with new components. There was a small crack in the seat collar and I brought the frame over to our local carbon repair facility “Predator Cycling” and they did a great job fixing it and getting my refurbished bike on the road. I am now very pleased with the decision I made especially with my pocket book having trouble shelling out 10 thousand dollars for a new high end bike. I was able to get my bike fully built with Dura Ace 11 speed electronic shifting for half the price of a new floor model bike by using an existing frame I had and some extra parts that I already had (bars, stem, post, saddle, and wheels).
As you make the decision on purchasing a new bike look into what you truly need. Buying a bike just based on looks will get you nowhere other than having a cool looking bike while drinking a cup of joe at the bike shop. Instead buy a bike based on what sort of ride characteristics you are looking for and what kind of riding you do. If you know exactly what you want you can save a few dollars and buy one online on amazon or other discount websites but you won’t get the customer service or the warranty that a bike shop will be able to offer. If you don’t quite know what you need go to a local shop and test ride a few bikes that are in your price range. A great way to save a lot of money on a bike is to purchase the previous years model bike. Usually there is very little change from year to year and you can get up to 30% off on a new bike.
Last but not least, if and when you get that new bike there are great ways to sell that old equipment. Craigslist is an easy way to sell locally and all sales are cash sales. You can download a craigslist app on your phone and get selling in less than five minutes. If you want to get more traffic selling your old equipment try Ebay, it is a little more labor intensive and you need a Paypal account but selling your bicycle will be a bit quicker. If these seem a little too hard to do and you don’t need the money donate your bike and old bike stuff to a local junior cycling program.