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Old 01-31-09, 03:08 PM   #1
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ebay for second hand chainset? good idea?

Hi all, I'm watching a few 105 chainsets on Ebay at the mo, and they look like they go for a good price.
Would you guys think that it's ok to buy a second hand chainset? all of the sellers have 100% feedback scores and aren't fly by night sellers.

many thanks for your thoughts.


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Old 01-31-09, 03:28 PM   #2
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i would recommend going to the bike shop and buying a new chain, for several reasons. one, you know you'll get the max amount of links, and two, you know you'll start with a new, unworn chain. installing a worn chain on a newer drivetrain will speed up wear on the dt. also, if you bring your bike to the shop from which you'll be buying your chain, you can ask them to check wear on your cassette and chainrings to determine whether buying a new chain is enough (installing a new chain on a dt that's worn will speed up wear on your chain out as well). i would venture to say that you should do that regardless of your plans, it's good to be aware of the state of your drive train.
i suppose if you can ask the sellers to send you a pic of them checking the wear on the chain either using the specific tool, or with a ruler measuring 12 links of the chain to be sold (12 links=12 in) and make sure you get at least 112 links, that would be okay.
105 chains aren't that pricey, unless you take into account the price mother earth pays when another chain gets sent to the landfill (hopefully you recycle, do or know someone who does bike art)
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105 chainsets are rather cheap, why buy used when you can buy new for about the same?

$60 at nashbar or $70 for the 5600 an jenson.
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i would recommend going to the bike shop and buying a new chain, for several reasons. one, you know you'll get the max amount of links, and two, you know you'll start with a new, unworn chain. installing a worn chain on a newer drivetrain will speed up wear on the dt. also, if you bring your bike to the shop from which you'll be buying your chain, you can ask them to check wear on your cassette and chainrings to determine whether buying a new chain is enough (installing a new chain on a dt that's worn will speed up wear on your chain out as well). i would venture to say that you should do that regardless of your plans, it's good to be aware of the state of your drive train.
i suppose if you can ask the sellers to send you a pic of them checking the wear on the chain either using the specific tool, or with a ruler measuring 12 links of the chain to be sold (12 links=12 in) and make sure you get at least 112 links, that would be okay.
105 chains aren't that pricey, unless you take into account the price mother earth pays when another chain gets sent to the landfill (hopefully you recycle, do or know someone who does bike art)
I'm pretty sure he's talking about a crankset, not a chain.
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+1 You know what you are getting with a new crank, you really don't with used. The minor savings aren't worth the possible problems. The only safe way to buy used components is if they are local so you can inspect them first hand AND you know what to look for.
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Cheers Guys.. yep ballsed the post up as spotted. I'm after a new crankset ( it was late here ). the auctioned ended up not as cheap as thought it would.. Do you reckon its worth ti to keep looking at ebay for a compact chainset? Cheers Simon
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you can shoot for 4550/tiagra compact which, aside from the cosmetic differences, shift just as good as 105.
but if you're set on 105, you might as well pick up an ultegra from pbk, same price.
or at least, it was before the exchange rates went bonkers.
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All of my bikes are Vintage, so all of my cranksets are from eBay. Never a problem. Chainrings are replaceable.







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Absolutely not...........don't go there...........it's a bad idea..............stay away


Besides your going to drive the price up...




There are a lot of NEW cranksets at good prices too.
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dirtdrop, you are a show-off!

Please continue showing off your bikes. They're gorgeous.
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+1 Just bought a set off ebay myself. You need to consider that most bikes are rarely ridden. So even old used parts can have very little wear. And unfortunately, many bike flippers are finding that the parts sold separately will net more $$ than selling the bike whole.

You need to search ebay for crankset, not chainset. There are six chainsets listed on ebay right now, and 1324 cranksets.

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Hell, I haven't owned a new bike since the age of 14. Therefore all of my cranksets have been used, and I've never had a problem. Furthermore, I've installed many a crankset of unknown provenance on other bikes. Also no problems.
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Hell, I haven't owned a new bike since the age of 14. Therefore all of my cranksets have been used, and I've never had a problem. Furthermore, I've installed many a crankset of unknown provenance on other bikes. Also no problems.
Yabbut, you know what to look for and what to avoid. At least you do by now. At 14? Maybe you got lucky a couple of times.

Wrk101's comment about many bikes not ridden much is correct but a smart buyer has to be able to tell which have and which haven't.

Maybe I'm just too cynical about ebay but there have been so many postings here about ebay purchases that went sour, were misrepresented, were in bad shape, didn't fit, etc. etc.
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Well, Hillrider, you also have to factor in the 'bad-news' factor. People don't write-up good things that happen - nearly as often as they complain about disasters.

But yes - Caveat Emptor (Let the Buyer Beware).
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I haven't had a single bad experience in 221 eBay transactions.
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