2017 is going to usher in a bunch of changes. New prez, new policies and yes gas prices will continue their steady march upwards into the foreseeable future. Be prepared for sticker shock. We have been on a gas holiday for the past few years driven in part by large inventories of oil. High supply and diminishing demand pushes prices lower. The main drivers for the over supply have been the Saudi's in a effort to drive the fracking oil boom in the US out of business. On a geopolitical level they have been trying to hurt Iran and Russia also members of Opec, for supporting the Syrian regime. The Saudi's and others have to sell crude at a minimum of $75 per barrel and those kind of prices haven't been seen in a while. Wait so what does this have to do with bikes. I'm getting to that.
Since the realization by the Saudi's late last year that they cannot completely kill the fracking industry in the US and will undoubtedly grow under Trump and since the Syrian situation it seems will resolve itself in the regimes favor, the Saudi's and others have a lot of catching up to do. So expect gas prices to rise dramatically this year.
The best time to buy a bike is in the Winter when demand is low and there is still a decent supply. Also when prices spike high in the spring for gas, people will start clamoring, the want ads for bikes. This phenomena happened a few years back and I remember that some bikes were selling well over $1000 of the blue book value. They were snapped up quickly. This puts a lot or pressure on a buyer to make decisions quickly as the seller no doubt will tell you he or she has 5 other people behind you ready to come over and buy it. This can lead to making some bad decisions as there are still going to be bikes out there that could need work. They may start and run but they could need as much as $700 - $1,200 in work on a retail level.
So it will be best to shop early you have about 2 months before the shit storm hits and you will have some time to evaluate the bike and you can even haggle a little now if the bike needs work. But you need two things to do that one is the time and less market pressure and the knowledge to know how to evaluate a bike and you can get the latter here at this meetup and at my web site and of course through the classes that I offer.
Each year I get many students who take my class because they made some bad choices in bikes. It is an easy thing to do if you don't know what to look for. Once you know what the issues are and roughly what they will cost you can then make a more informed decision and offer and then proceed to fix the issues yourself. Win, win.