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Old 04-22-19, 05:33 PM
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What Should I Look For When Buying A Used Bike

What Should I Look For When Buying A Used Bike? I'm interested in purchasing this Used Specialized Pitch Sport for $375. Is this a good deal? What should I be looking out for ? Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 04-22-19, 06:06 PM
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Any advice would be useful.
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Old 04-22-19, 10:44 PM
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What do they retail for new/what do other 2nd hand ones go for in your local market?

You can use this as a general guide, but the size throws this https://www.bicyclebluebook.com/Sear...41&model=80267

The bike in the pics is really small (frame says XS), will it fit you?

For the condition, from the images, it has a few scratches, and the brake reservoirs are a little scratched (not uncommon if the bike is put upside down on a road/paved surface) would say it's good to very good, not really excellent.

If you can see in person, check that the forks go up and down, and there is no corrosion on the stanchions (a common issue location/climate dependent) as this can kill these forks
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$375? Ouch! Doesn't sound like a good deal, like @jimc101 suggested, start by looking for some local "we-buy-your-stuff" type shops like cashconverters in the UK. Gumtree is good for online purchases but I'm sure there are more alternatives now, I haven't been up to date lately.

You want to assess the general bike condition on the spot, so stuff like do the brakes work? Do the gears shift? How's the paint? Is it rusty, corroded? Worn tyres? Worn chain? Does it work?!?!?

Give it a quick ride and a quick look before you buy. Here in the UK, you can get yourself a bike like that in good condition for about £150, Idk how the used bike market is in the U.S but $375 sounds awful high!

IMPORTANT: Do not purchase from gumtree sellers that ask you to meet up at a train station or other annonymous places. There's probably something critically wrong with the bike and they know it. Only meet up with people that give their address.

Hope that helps.

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One of the most important criteria is does the bike fit you well.

Also, you should consider if it is an appropriate style for the type of riding you will do the most with it.

Then on the mechanical side:
  • Does everything work.
  • Are the tires holding air and in decent condition.
  • Does it have the gearing you'll need to ride the terrain you'll be on with it.
If you are not currently knowledgeable and capable about bicycle maintenance, then you really do want everything to be working. Replacing components can quickly get you into the price range of a new bike. Especially if you have to pay someone to do the work.
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I did this write up a while back about buying used hybrids and some of the things to look for. Some of it may not apply, but most of how to inspect it for obvious problems should still work.

Buying a used hybrid? What to look for
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I buy, sell, repair &, trade vintage bikes. My favorites are mid 80's era racing bikes. Anyhow, the best deals I get are the bikes that have never been used or, used very lightly that have a very heavy layer of residue on them from sitting in a corner of a garage for years. Bikes like that can go for as little as $35. And, after new grease, tires, parts and, polish can sell for $300 or more. The point being: many people buy very nice bikes and never use them. Those are the best kind to buy.
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Originally Posted by PCPartPickerPro View Post
Any advice would be useful.
Make sure seatpost and stem are not stuck! Major nightmare, more typical in older vintage bikes though.
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Worn stuff you need to replace..
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Make sure the fork is straight, check frame for ripples and cracked paint that indicate a collision. I’ve been blinded by NEW OLD BIKE syndrome twice now. You get it home, start going over components and...
”Say! This fork looks a bit off!” Or,
“This head tube paint has some tiny cracks, what’s up with that? Oh, it’s bent here and over here.”
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It's easy to check the actual view
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I bought an old Raleigh once. Complete bike. Not a scratch on it. Heavy layer of dust and residue. Probably been sitting in somebodies garage for 30 years. Tires looked like they had never been used. But the rear wheel wouldn't spin. It was grinding against the frame. So, I got it for a good price. Took it home. Pulled the rear wheel off. Noticed that it had a bent axle. So, I ordered a new axle and replaced the old one. Wheel spun true. Everything fine. Turned out to be a great bike. I still wonder what happened to the bike for it to get the axle bent like that.
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