Tips On How to Buy a Used Bike | RydBikes

For a professional cyclist, buying a used bike could save thousands. However, when a novice tries to do the same, he might end up with a bike that is abused. That is, while he might get a bike which is inexpensive, the running cost of the bike might outweigh the earlier benefits. Thus, if you don’t know what to look for, you might end up in the latter category of persons.

However, in order to make sure that you know the ins and outs of buying a used bicycle, we have compiled some tips. Once you go through them, you’d be in a better position to negotiate and get a better deal.

How to Buy a Used Bicycle

Tip # 1: Narrow the Search

First of all, identify the type of bike which you want to buy i.e. road, mountain, or hybrid. Next, whichever type you prefer, identify at least four models. Next, make sure that you could get the right size in these models. Next, search those cycles on websites i.e. Craigslist, Amazon, and eBay. Finally, when you find a bike which suits the above-mentioned criteria, check the price.

Tip # 2: Inspect the frame

First of all, if you’re buying a used bike, remember it’s impossible to find a frame without scratches. For, the previous owner of the bike, no matter how hard he tried, had imposed some scratches on the bike. Hence, don’t be disheartened to see scratches.

However, this is not to say that the frame should be rusty and dented. In fact, if the frame or the tubes have cracks, better refrain from getting that bike. Also, to check closely, look at the bottom of the bracket and around the joints of the frame. These are the places where cracks are likely to form.

Tip # 3: Check the tires

Replacing the suspension form, wheels, or a drive-train could cost thousands. So, make sure that these parts are in best shape when you’re searching for a used bike. However, if you’re not sure how to check these elements, take your bike to a bike shop for inspection. Finally, if you don’t want to spend money, get a friend who knows cycles in and out.

Tip # 4: Checking the feedback

If you’re ordering the used bike from a website, make sure to check its feedback. Also, go for a bike whose seller offers a return policy. In case a website doesn’t offer feedback – just like craigslist, we would recommend not buying a used bike. Instead, try to go to the local bike shop and buy the bike in person. In this way, you would be able to check the physicality of the bike.

Tip # 5: Check the seat post

As you might know already, most bikes nowadays have seat posts which are adjustable. To do this, lifting bike a few inches and dropping it might do wonders. For, when you would drop the bike, a damaged seat post would result in clunking. Thus, be aware of listening such sounds.

Tip # 6: Check the wheels

By fixating your eyes on the hub and rim, make sure to check oxidation and cracks. Also, if possible, make sure that worn pads shouldn’t have scored-out the surface of the braking.

3 Things You Must Bring Before Going on a Ride

Who Doesn’t love going on a long bicycle ride, right? Here at rydbikes do we also love going on long rides? Of course, we do. I mean for god’s sake we are called rydbikes. But, a long ride is both enjoyable and dangerous at the same time. There are certain things that you must bring before you are going on a long ride. Without them your ride might get jeopardized. We learnt it the hard way. But, we don’t want anyone else to have the misfortune that we had. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of absolute necessary stuffs that you must bring with you while you are on a long ride.

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Map or GPS:

This is one of the important if not the most important thing that is in this list. Be 100% positive that you’ve bought a GPS or map with you. If you are with a group, make sure that at least one of them has a map with them. It’s really easy to get yourself lost. Specially, if you are traveling to an area where civilization is yet to reach. A map or GPS will always help you find a way out. So, make sure you have one in your possession.

Repairing Equipment:

Repairing equipment can be a life-saving. It’s usual that your bicycle might get damaged while you are riding it. Specially, if you are planning on riding a rocky area. With some repairing tools, you can easily repair your bike and continue your journey. But, without any tool to repair you are more likely to hate the ride than enjoying it. So, never forget to bring your tool kit bag with you.

Water pot or Filtration system:

Long rides can be tiring and you might feel dehydrated very easily. It’s really not that unusual that one might feel thirsty after riding for 1 hour. So, you should always bring some water. Bring as much as you can. Because, you know!! Safety first. But sometimes it’s also a good idea to bring a hiking water filtration system with you. Why? Well, if for some reason, you forgot to bring a map with you and also forgot to bring the tool kit box and you get lost in a dry place. Then you will need water to survive until you get rescued. You might have 3 or 4 liters of water with you but, they won’t last long. So, you will need to rely on other water sources to stay dehydrated. But, if you consume impure water you might as well get really sick.

In a situation like this, a hiking filter will come really handy. Not only will you have safe drinkable water but also you might help others with their life. So, make sure you bring some sort of portable filtration system.

Well, as mentioned and reasoned above we hope that it’s clear to you why these things are so important for us to bring before we go on a long bicycle ride. Hope, this article helps. Stay young and enjoy cycling. Read more tips on long rides here.