hi, I'm sure this has been done to death but searching for "new vs used" and the like comes up empty.
what's prompting this: my budget is around $1000-1200 for a road bike. I need upright geometry, so I've been looking at the Specialized Secteur (new). then I saw on craigslist a Specialized Roubaix (carbon version of the aluminum Secteur) for $1200obo. it's my size and everything!
I'm just nervous about buying a used bike, having been burned on used car purchases before. of course it's easier to evaluate a bike, but I'm also mindful that buying at the LBS gives you
+ free maintenance for a half year or longer, maybe other LBS favors
+ warranty service from the manufacturer (needed that on my last bike)
+ less wear and tear
that said, the prospect of upgrading from aluminum to carbon is REALLY appealing. I just worry that if I find $200 worth of things wrong with it, it ends up not being a lot cheaper than a new bike.
anyone had really GOOD or BAD experiences buying used? any tips other than ask-why-they're-selling for figuring out the status of a used bike?