Used bikes can be a great way to save money. A model that is a year or two old might sell for less than half of what it was purchased for. Many people purchase bikes with the intent of getting fit and riding often but the bikes end up hanging in a garage, these are the bikes you want. This article is your basic guide to purchasing a used bike.
Beginning the Search
The internet has vastly improved the search for used bicycles. From craigslist to ebay, there are literally thousands of bikes available for you to purchase. However, using the internet often takes away the ability to see the bike before you purchase it. It is important to use a seller that you trust or be able to see many current pictures of the bike. Some local bike shops buy and sell used bikes so that is a great option as well. You are sure to get a well tuned bike.
What to Look For
When searching for a new bike, there are key characteristics to look for. First, what make, model, year and original price. After you find this information you can search for this bike on the internet and find plenty of reviews. You can also find out what parts have been replaced and what is original on the bike. You also might find issues that steer you away from a certain ride.
A better description of a bike is usually a solid indicator that someone who knows bikes used to own this bike. Generally that means that this bike was better maintained and won’t have many parts that need replacing.
What to Be Wary Of
Buying carbon frames over the internet can be a frightening transaction. Carbon is more prone to cracking than other materials and a cracked frame is unsafe and unrepairable- in other words, useless. Also, beware of any parts that need replacing. Parts like wheels, tires, cranksets and derailleurs can make the cost of a used bike skyrocket. Often, a minor tune up is needed to get the bike back to a safely operating machine.
With this knowledge, you are now armed in your search for a used bike. Best of luck and safe riding!