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Old 07-14-02, 08:09 AM   #1
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Second-Hand Bikes in the UK?!?!

Does anyone know where to look for secondhand bikes in the UK. I'm after a Touring Bike.

I have tried:
http://www.adtrader.co.uk
http://www.loot.com
http://www.ebay.co.uk

Where else is good to look?

I've been searching for a suitable bike for weeks now.
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Old 07-14-02, 09:16 AM   #2
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Look at:
http://www.sjscycles.com/store/vIndex.htm

They have some second hand bikes.

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Yes they have some nice bikes. I've been sized up to fit a 59 cm frame Dawes Galaxy, would it dangerous to ride a 64cm one I have found 2nd hand? Apparently its immaculate... Price is 450 (approx $700 dollars). Is this too much? They are 700 (approx $1100) new in the UK.

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Yes they have some nice bikes. I've been sized up to fit a 59 cm frame Dawes Galaxy, would it dangerous to ride a 64cm one I have found 2nd hand? Apparently its immaculate... Price is 450 (approx $700 dollars). Is this too much? They are 700 (approx $1100) new in the UK.
It depends on the way the measures are done (centre-centre or centre-top). If measured the same way it could be a problem. You should have about 1 inch to spare if standing over the bicycle in your riding shoes. Also, the frame might be too long for your upper body. Only way to know is to testride. About the price...its depending of the condition and how the bike is equipped.

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If SJSC gave you the sizing, then stick with it, they are very good at sizing people up. (See their website on bike sizing)

As you are going to spend a fair few quid on a decent bike, it makes sense to get one of the correct size, as it will last you years if looked after.

Whilst a frame 1 size to small can be made 'bigger' by putting up the saddle and getting a longer handlebar post, likewise a frame 1 size to big can be made smaller by lowering the saddle (as long as it's not on the lowest point, flush with the frame) you also will probably need to repace the handlebar post to make it shorter (so the bars are closer to the saddle). The critical thing with a frame that is too large, with your feet on the ground, you should have at least 1" clearence between the bike and your wedding tackle, otherwise you will be joining the Vienna Boys Choir the first time you need to do a sudden stop.
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