What to Look for When Buying a Used Bike
Trying to find a new ride at a reasonable price? Buying second hand can be a great option. As a marketplace, there are several aspects we consider before we take in bikes to resell. Resell is a keyword here; bicycles, or anything for that matter, would have to be in good physical and working condition for it to be sold second hand. This list should give you a good idea of what to look for when you are searching in the second hand market for your next set of wheels.
Cleanliness - This one is pretty obvious, people are typically more inclined to purchase items that are clean. While most things can be cleaned by diluting water with soap and scrubbing, a clean bike can reveal any minor scratches or abrasions on the frame.
Dents- Check around the body and frame of the bike for any kind of major dents. While small imperfections may not be too serious, some could contribute to the longevity of the bike.
Tires- There are a few things to consider here. Make sure they still have a good amount of tread on them. You also want to turn the bike over and give the tires a spin. They should spin uniform and straight; if they are off-center, warped, and wobbily, be wary. Tires and rims can be replaced but it doesn’t hurt to get as much as you can out of them.
Rust- Like cleanliness, rust is also important to check for around the bike, especially the chain. A little bit of rust is likely minor weather damage and probably harmless. A lot of rust however, indicates former neglect and potential degrading of bike parts.
Breaks- Give the calipers a squeeze while pushing the bike forward. If they spring back after, and the bike does not move during the push, they should be in good working condition.
These are just a few, simple tips that can help you get the most out of your ride. A great bicycle can be an expensive purchase, so let your instincts play a role in your decision making. If you are looking for an affordable ride, you can visit any of our four locations in Windsor-Essex.
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