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Selling a bike on Craigslist - Test Rides?

Old 07-26-08, 03:11 PM
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Selling a bike on Craigslist - Test Rides?

I live in portland, oregon, and am planning to sell my bike personally through craigslist. I've got some people lined up to come check it out, but I know that everyone is going to want a test ride. So, what can I do to ensure that the person who test rides my bike doesn't just ride away with it? I've thought of having them leave their ID, but I dont know if that will even help should they decide to rip me off. What should i do?
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Old 07-26-08, 03:52 PM
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Have them leave their ID if you are slow. If you are fast, ride with them. Better hope you are faster though.
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Old 07-26-08, 04:00 PM
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Maybe just ask them to leave the money with you. It would simplify things if they drive to the point in question- then you have their car.
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Old 07-26-08, 04:16 PM
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I sold a bike in the same manner. Held onto the guys ID.
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Old 07-26-08, 04:41 PM
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I'd just ask for their ID. Unless of course they drove to my house and their car was sitting in my driveway :-)
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Old 07-26-08, 04:48 PM
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Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
Maybe just ask them to leave the money with you. It would simplify things if they drive to the point in question- then you have their car.
That's tacky, just ask for their I.D.
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Old 07-26-08, 05:25 PM
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I've never had a problem; sold quite a few of my refurbished wonders on Craigslist. Most of these folks arrive in cars... Chances are they aren't going to leave their wheels and ride home.

A cautionary note, however.... Years ago, when I was with the local county police, I took a motor vehicle theft report.
I arrived at the suburban home to find the disgruntled owner of the motorcycle, and the disgruntled cab driver who had been driving the thief around for a couple of hours, looking at motorcycles.....
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Old 07-26-08, 05:32 PM
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Ok, so I take their ID, and then they get on the bike and ride off and I never see them again. Assuming its their real ID, what would i do? Call the cops and say "I gave my bike to this guy and he rode away with it, here's his ID?" Would that even be considered theft? If they drove to my house then I'd be more comfortable having their car in my possestion, but the whole ID thing just sounds a bit sketchy. :/
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Old 07-26-08, 05:52 PM
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Old 07-27-08, 11:24 AM
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I bought my last bike on Craigslist, and when I met the guy I asked to take it for a spin. I just offered to pay him the money he wanted for the bike, then if I didn't want it he would give it back. Worked well for us.
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Old 07-27-08, 05:10 PM
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Originally Posted by dprayvd View Post
They ride with me; me on the rig I'm selling, they on whatever they bring to ride.
Do they ask you questions, like "How's it riding? Everything smooth? Will it feel comfortable to me? Are the brakes working smoothly or are they binding?"

That just seems silly to me, that you do the test ride for someone else. If I asked for a test ride and you said "sure hop on your bike and follow me." I'd just hop on my bike and ride away.
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Old 07-27-08, 05:22 PM
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Originally Posted by dirkduck View Post
I bought my last bike on Craigslist, and when I met the guy I asked to take it for a spin. I just offered to pay him the money he wanted for the bike, then if I didn't want it he would give it back. Worked well for us.
I've only sold two things on Craigslist before, my old motorcycle, and my old bicycle. Both times I stated in my ad that test rides would only be given with cash in hand, and so far people have been cooperative and understanding.
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Old 07-27-08, 05:37 PM
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I usually have them sit on the saddle whilst I stand and pedal. A little awkward, but they get a good feel for the way the bike rides and i don't have to worry about my bike getting ripped off.
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Old 07-27-08, 09:55 PM
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^^^
dprayvd, your post (quoted below) did not even come close to possibly maybe even remotely hint to what you just added above.

Originally Posted by dprayvd View Post
They ride with me; me on the rig I'm selling, they on whatever they bring to ride.

I just let them go since their car is always in my driveway.
Otherwise I'd hold their cash or at least their ID.
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Old 07-27-08, 10:34 PM
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Originally Posted by dprayvd View Post
Great ASSumption.

I consider the world a fine place that everyone else, other than you, is not you.

Have you not ever ridden other's rig before?

Clarification for SweetLou:

I would do a few miles to demonstrate to an intersted party the nuances--handling, shifts, flex, etc.--of the used rig (my rig, that I ride, tune, and otherwise keep in what I consider adequate riding condition).
Then a quick refit to the intersted party's ergo's, and I even get the pleasure of evaluating another's rig, as well as a short ride with another cyclist. I consider it a most polite way to treat another cyclist.

Oh, wait....

You rode away in a huff--or in whatever state-of-mind which caused you to hop on your bike and ride away.

Bummer for me.
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Ok, I'm the ass because you are not clear. You did not say that you rode your bike, with the buyer along on their bike, then switch. You never mentioned that the buyer would have a chance to ride the bike. The only thing you said was that you rode your bike and the seller would ride whatever they rode to your place. I did not assume anything. I just took your words as fact. I did not assume you switched, because you didn't say that you did.

The OP asked about what to do with buyers wanting a test ride. Your (incomplete) answer was that you rode your bike. Nothing about the two of you riding together as you go over the bike, then allowing the buyer to ride it to see the characteristics that you have pointed out.

So, I asked you some questions about how that process worked. Then gave my opinion of how I thought your method was silly. Because I just couldn't imagine watching someone else do a test ride for me, especially the seller. But for some reason or another, you didn't like my response. But instead of expanding on your response to make your process more clear, you decided to imply that I'm an ass and the world is a fine place because everyone else is not me. I find that quite insulting.

Now, if I was the buyer and you said that you will ride along on the bike that is for sale, then switch. I would agree to these terms. As long as I could ride the bike. But you didn't say that.
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Old 07-28-08, 09:11 AM
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Old 07-28-08, 09:22 AM
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Originally Posted by d2create View Post
^^^
dprayvd, your post (quoted below) did not even come close to possibly maybe even remotely hint to what you just added above.
I apologize for my omission. And moreso for my indecent citizenship towards my fellow cyclist(s).

Where do you ride, d2create?
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Old 07-28-08, 05:19 PM
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Unless I was selling a fairly expensive bike, I wouldn't worry about it. I've never had a problem. Most people are just as leary of the salesman. What's ya sellin'?
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Originally Posted by Jose Perez View Post
I usually have them sit on the saddle whilst I stand and pedal. A little awkward, but they get a good feel for the way the bike rides and i don't have to worry about my bike getting ripped off.

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