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What to look for when buying a used bike

Old 03-29-07, 12:46 PM
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What to look for when buying a used bike

Could someone give me a quick 101 session on what to look for when buying a used bike?
I know one of them is looking at the sprocket teeth to see if it's sharp, but if you could give me some more things to look out for, that'd be great. Thanks!
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Old 03-29-07, 12:52 PM
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watch out though, you don't want them sprocket teeth too sharp.
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Old 03-29-07, 01:37 PM
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Originally Posted by byim
Could someone give me a quick 101 session on what to look for when buying a used bike?
I know one of them is looking at the sprocket teeth to see if it's sharp, but if you could give me some more things to look out for, that'd be great. Thanks!
Depends on how much the bike is worth...the less you pay, the less you expect to get...but then its pointless to spend $200 fixing a $20 bike

In general, I'd check the drive train,,,cog set, chain rings, chain, and bottom bracket for excesive wear, look for bent hangers, broken spokes, wheels that need truing, and thin rim walls where gritty brake pads have ground them down...all potentially expensive fixes.

Suspension forks and shocks need a good going over...leaking oil?, air?...do they work or are the mushy or seized?

Also, if it looks like a well used MTB, check the frame, especially the chain and seat stays for cracks, the seat tube and post for damage...these tend to take the stress if the former owner likes to jump

Lastly, look for signs of good maintenance...if rusty, dirty, worn...stay away. If the owner didn't look after the bike, there may be a reason why he needs to sell
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Old 03-29-07, 04:33 PM
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Ride it would be number one. If it goes srtaight, makes no cllunks and brakes smoothly, that is a good sign. Look for bent parts. look at the tires, cables, etc. If it shifts smoothly and doesn't skip any gears chances are the driveline is in decent shape.
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