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    Best place to buy a used bike

    Hi all,

    I'm looking for a decent road bike for my 13 yo son. I think I need about a 52cm for him. I'd like to go used since he's still growing.

    Where would be a good place to find used bikes in good condition? The LBSs don't carry used and the newspapers are hit or miss.

    TIA.

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    The LBSs don't carry used, Ask them for advice. craigslist ebay garbage police auctions People you know with 18 yr old children might have bikes for a 13 yr old. In general individuals think their bikes are worth too much, or are garbage.
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    Keep an Eye on the thrift shops. You can stumble onto some real deals.
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    Ebay and craigslist are the absoulute best bets. A guy that taught a class I took got a tour de france bike from belgium for 200 dollars shipped from ebay. Can't get a deal like that from a LBS, even the occasional rare one that does sell used.
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    Try here; click on " bicycle",, then on next page, click pull down window for location. Many N.Y. City bikes.

    http://www.propertyroom.com/default.aspx

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    I agree that most people overvalue their bikes.

    I guess I have to search ePay/craigslist and hope there's something local.

    Thanks again.
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    Check the websites of area bike clubs. Maybe they have forums with a for sale section. Or post a message there asking the locals if they have a bike they'd like to sell.

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    Good idea. Thanks.
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    Garage sales are a good bet too, but make sure you come early, so you can get there at the same time as the professional junk/antique places do for best cherry picking. Almost any garage sale has something bike related, be it a cast-off Sears Free Spirit which can be your next fixie project (or just a cheap beater when you don't want to take a good bike in a theft prone area), or a 5 year old Trek mountain bike that has a rusty chain.

    Ebay is decent, but be VERY wary with CL. I've had very bad luck with them, and have had to cancel a couple transactions due to bad faith on the other party's part. For example, I had one guy demand he pay with a temporary (no name or other info on) check, that was from an out of state bank, and refuse any other means of payment.

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