Second Hand Road Bikes
Since cycling is quickly becoming a popular sport, buying secondhand road bikes provides the opportunity to own an upgraded model at a lesser cost. As long as you do your research and inspect the secondhand road bike before purchasing it, you can get a great deal on a quality secondhand bike.
All you need to do is follow these steps to ensure you’re purchasing a good bike:
Before you purchase a secondhand road bike, set a firm spending limit for yourself. Doing this will help you to limit how much you spend and will also help you save money for the additional accessories you’ll need to purchase (pedals, shoes, helmet, bottle cages, water bottles, and a road repair kit).
You should know what size bike fits your body type. This step requires either a fitting session with a trained professional or taking your own measurements. Before you even think of purchasing the used bike, you should ask the seller for the size of the bike. This way, you can verify that the bike will fit your needs before you purchase it.
You can try researching secondhand road bikes through your community or on the internet. Local Bike Trader (localbiketrader.com) is a website dedicated to trading and selling bicycles. Craiglist and eBay are also common places to find secondhand road bikes. Once you find a listing that interests you, you should contact the seller and ask as many questions as you can.
If the owner allows you to view the bike, it is important to inspect the bike for any damage. Examine the frame for any dents or cracks and pay particular attention to the frame welds. Don’t purchase a frame with cracks or dents as it weakens the integrity of the frame and provides you with an uncomfortable ride that could lead to dangerous situations.
Don’t forget to test ride the secondhand road bike. Make sure that it fits your body and that it functions correctly. Shift through all the gears and try the breaks. If possible, try to go on a short ride so you can take note of any faults that you observe in its performance.
Determine the original cost of the bike by contacting a local dealer or locating the bike on BikePedia. Visit your local bike store to determine the price of a new bike that has a similar style and quality. If you think the used bike is in a good condition and is being offered for a fair price, go ahead and purchase the bike.
Before you do anything, you should figure out how much you are willing to pay for the bike and either stick with that number or try to negotiate for a lower price. You should base your price off of the condition of the bike, the bike’s original price, and the current selling price for similar models. When you approach the seller, offer the price you are willing to pay, and from there, you can continue to negotiate.