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As stated in the comments, your main sport is a strength sport, so I assume you are looking for a bicycle to commute or to do some light aerobics on. It's not clear which store you shopped in. There is a wide range of price points including many much lower than your stated range. US$5k will get you a mid- to high-end performance-oriented bicycle. Here, I use ...


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Some example from Austria and Germany for new bikes: ~300€ will get you a cheap city/trekking bicycle with the cheapest components and 3x7speed gears. Often not assembled properly, low quality and heavy. ~600€ will get you a solid brand-name city/trekking bike or cheap MTB. ~900€ is where real road bikes and MTBs start. >1300€ here you get good aluminium ...


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TL;DNR - Bikes are so expensive because people are prepared to pay that much. Pricing of the product is a balance of the cost to supply and value add to the customer. In the perfect capitalist's world, a product is produced for nothing and sold for as much as each individual customer is prepared to pay. In (arguably disproven) theory, competition will drive ...


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To use car sales analogy. If you go to a Ferrari or Lamborghini dealership, all you'll see are cars for $1 million or more. If you go to a used car dealership, you'll find quite different cars for $5000 or less (I actually have no idea how much cars cost in USA). If you want to settle on something middle range, you can find something at just about any price ...


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If a bike is stored in dry, warm conditions, as it was probably done by the shop, it does not degrade in quality much. The only parts that may suffer from age are: Plastic parts like the brake pads, the grips, the saddle, and those flimsy modern mud-guards. Most of these are a) relatively cheap, and b) don't really suffer within a 5-year period. ...


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I don't agree with some of the comments that a discount is an indicator for an old bicycle. Discounts can be applied for various reason such as clearance (better model just arrived shortly after the previous one was purchased), slightly damaged (normally issues with the paint job due to poor transportation) etc. And yes, old stock is also often subject to ...


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