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.
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.