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Old 01-22-21, 07:44 PM
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Thoughts on lightly used folding bikes

Am considering to possibly buy a lightly used bike instead of new (through auction sites (based in Japan so Mercari or Yahoo Auction) - though a friend suggested may be a bad idea as folding bikes need lots of maintenance so buying used can be a false economy (and apparently he suggests easier to get repairs / maintenance when you bought the bike from the same shop).

What's the view - is this generally a bad idea (would probably be saving 30-40% on lightly used model compared to discounted shop [price when new).
I also saw a nice Tern P10 which is supposed to be 2021 model sold at an outlet - unused (pictures show its still wrapped with tags).

Price is around $1100, and buying from a shop would be about $1350 - but I'm not sure if warranty still applies if buying by outlet, so wondering if a good deal or not.
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Old 01-23-21, 07:33 AM
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Do you know how to inspect a bike for damage or wear? Do you know your repair capabilities?

I think used bicycles are fantastic opportunity to own the top shelf products at affordable prices.

MOST bicycles are "Garage Queens" They look good but get very little use.

Its best if know your bicycles and know your market. You will know neither unless you take a plunge.
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You have asked all the right questions, since you are the one living with the decision I would say it’s up to you to do the investigating.

but:

Generally speaking, outlets don’t care warranties on products
if you know bikes, then general maintenance is no problem
folders are not high maintenance
Pics in detail answer most concerns when the bike is away from you
For every great buy, there is a opposite horror story

presently I am in your same spot. I bought a Brompton off CL for a very good price from a nice couple. I got great pics, original paper work, knew the model before buying and talked enough with the seller to get a good vibe from the seller.

Hope it all goes well and do let us know what you decide!
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There are often used folder that were actually very little used.

This happen for instance for folders bought to be used together with a boat, an airplane, a camping car... many of these people buy a folder to only do (very) short distances.

Its possible to find old folders that are in a almost new condition.

Folders also do not need more maintenance than any other bike.

The only difference is that they have often some proprietary components so buying a folder that isn't produced anymore or worse for which the manufacturer doesn't exist anymore can be a risk.
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Be wary of used Tern folders, as they've had too many frame failures, and you can't verify that the bike in question isn't on the recall list.
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If you don't know what to look for, like hinge issues, etc., then take someone along who does. Alternately, see if you can take the bike to a 2d shop for an assessment of what it might need. It's a good idea to also purchase some basic tools, watch some youtube videos or get a maintenance book, and learn to do the basics yourself. You will feel more confident and the bike will be better maintain than if you only take it once a year for a basic tuneup.
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Originally Posted by chris1234 View Post
would probably be saving 30-40% on lightly used model compared to discounted shop [price when new).

Price is around $1100, and buying from a shop would be about $1350 - but I'm not sure if warranty still applies if buying by outlet, so wondering if a good deal or not.
Buying a $1350 bike for $1100 is not a savings of 30-40%. Do your calculations.

I would be wary of buying a used bike for nearly as much as a new bike.
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Got that - this is for an unused outlet bike. The second hand bikes are 30-40%.





Originally Posted by alo View Post
Buying a $1350 bike for $1100 is not a savings of 30-40%. Do your calculations.

I would be wary of buying a used bike for nearly as much as a new bike.
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Old 01-26-21, 04:06 AM
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Originally Posted by zebede View Post

Its best if know your bicycles and know your market. You will know neither unless you take a plunge.
I fully agree.

I bought a bike recently that looked good in the picture, but the BB bearings were full of crud. Nothing I could not fix (enjoyably), but it could have been a disappointment for other buyers. The more you do it, the better you get at picking out the warning signs - and the unexpected gems (Romet Jubilat frame - with 5 gem indicators)
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