Tips On Buying Second Hand Bikes

If you love cycling and you do not have the money to buy a high-end bike, you should consider buying a used one. You, however, need to ensure that you are getting a good deal. Some of the tips for buying a good quality high-end second-hand bike are:

Check Fork and Frame

The first thing that you should check is the forks or frame. If they are dented or they have damage, it means that the bike is of no use, since these parts cannot be replaced. The good practice is to go where the bike is and check out for the following:

  • Rust
  • Dents
  • Cracks
  • Bends
  • Extreme chipping/paint bubbling as it is often a sign of corrosion

Confirm the Seller’s Profile

This is especially important if you are buying online. You need to know who you are buying from, and why they are selling. It is always advisable to buy your bike from a professional biker or someone who is interested in biking. You should also reach out to them and confirm that they have all the paperwork on the bike.

Compare Prices

Most people make the mistake of imagining that as long as a bike is second hand, the seller will sell it for a lower price. the reality is that there are some sellers who take advantage and hike the price for unsuspecting buyers. Check the make of the bike and find out how much the market price is. You should tell them to give you all the specifications of the bike.

Go With an Expert

If you are not sure about what a good bike looks like, you can reach out to a long time biker who understands bikes and tell them to help you decide. This way, you will have confidence that you are not being shortchanged. You can ask the seller to allow you to take it for a test drive.