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    Buying a used bike

    I am going to look at a used 2001 Cannondale F2000 SL tomorrow and this is my first time buying a used bike. I am probably only going to get to ride it around the parking lot and would like some pointers as to what to look for and how to evaluate the bottom bracket, headset, hubs, etc. Any help would appreciated.

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    Make sure that there is no scratches on the station.

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    check the drive train, make sure the teeth aren't too worn out. check tire tread, make sure the headset isn't loose or creaky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drakemtb View Post
    check the drive train, make sure the teeth aren't too worn out.
    Measure the chain with a ruler. Make sure 12 links aren't longer than 12-1/8".

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    Take a flashlight and inspect all the welds for cracks. Your fingers are good for detecting them, too. Any cracks, even tiny little ones. . .walk away.

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    Thanks for the pointers, that is exactly what I was looking for. If I get the bike I'll post some pics.

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    Make sure it has two wheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattP. View Post
    Make sure it has two wheels.
    This is terrible advice.

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    The biggest problem I had with my F3000 SL was a creaky BB.
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    You have received an infraction at Bike Forums.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BFG View Post
    This is terrible advice.
    Hmm, I like my bikes to have two wheels.

    Cranks are also a plus.

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    Well, Friday I gave the bike a good going over, bought it and had the LBS give it a quick tune up; then promptly had an emergency appedectomy Saturday morning. Needless to say I will be chomping at the bit for the next ten plus days to ride. I will say though, the post-op drugs are reaaal gooood.

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