Is it wise to buy a used hybrid that I can't test ride due to a deflated tube?
I haven't been on a bike in at least 15 years, and even then, I had only just learned to ride before my bike was stolen.
A few days ago, I took a ride on my brother's Raleigh C30 and loved it. I've been checking craigslist and found an ad for a C30 that ran into an accident that deflated the rear inner tube. Here's how the seller described it:
while moving I rolled it over a gutter and the rear inner tube leaked when the tire fell in between the gutter grates.
It doesn't appear that the wheel was damaged, nor the tire. Seems like it just needs a new tube.
I won't be able to test ride the bike, but I should still be able to check the brakes, the gear shifting, etc., right? Since I've tried out my brother's bike, there's no need to test this one, is there? Especially if the size is right and the rest of the accessories are working?
Is there anything else I should look out for? Money is tight and the price is right and I'm very excited about "learning" to ride all over again.