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Old 06-01-08, 04:43 PM
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newbie needs helps

how do one inspect used bike to determine if it's a commuter or leisure bike? i would think a commute would have a lot of rock chips on the lower frame.

i am referring to bike with the tiny tires. forgive the non-existent knowledge of bike terms. i am looking at a used biachi for 158. it looks almost brand new. the only old parts are the handlebar pads. tires look new as well. this bike is for sale at a local specialty bike that sells things in the hundreds to $10k+. i think it may have been a trade-in.

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Old 06-01-08, 05:19 PM
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Condition of the paint does say something about the use a bike's seen. A chipped up frame doesn't mean you shouldn't buy it though. Although it would impact the overall value of the bike, it's strictly cosmetic.

I'd look at things like, are the wheels true (do they spin without looking like they wobble), are the gears in good shape or will they need replacing soon (do they look symmetrical when you look at them, or are they worn a lot on one side), does the bike shift correctly when you ride it (although this could be a simple fix).

Most important is whether it's an appropriate size for you.
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Take it to a shop... easy.
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i am buying from a job that's been around for 20+ years so i know they have already make sure it's not a lemon. i am jut surprise that a bianchi road bike is going for 158 so in wonder if it's a commuter that have already seen a lot of use and fatique.
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