Great deals during the off-season
The months of January and February are a great time to head down to your local bike shop for some off season specials to get you ready for the upcoming riding season. You can get a great deal on close outs of last year's model bikes as shops bring in 2012 inventory for Spring. I recently got an excellent price on a brand new 2011 Trek Mamba 29'er. I can't wait for the snow to melt so I can try it out at the Lebanon Hills Regional Park mountain bike trails.
Another reason for heading to your local bike shop now is for the quick turn around getting bike repairs, tune ups and overhauls completed before everyone else gets the idea. Once the weather starts warming up, cyclists will start bringing in their bikes and mechanics will be busy again. You can also get some great deals for off-season bike overhauls to keep mechanics working during the slow part of the year.
With a little advanced preparation during the Winter months, you'll be ready to ride on your new or tuned up bike while other cyclists are just starting to get theirs out of storage. Come on Spring!