|Used Bike Shopping Tips||bandvm|
Jul 11, 2001 8:51 AM
|I'm going to look at a used bike this weekend and would like any tips on what to look for to ensure the bike is in good shape. I don't expect it to be in new condition but don't want to buy something that gonna need work either. |
The bike has an old Trek 2000 aluminum frame with a mixture of Campy and Dura-ace components.
|Shop for size first||Spoke Wrench|
Jul 11, 2001 10:20 AM
|I think that buying a used bike is the opposite of shopping for a new one. When you buy a new bike, you can pick out a frame with the component group that you like and leave it to the shop to get you the correct size. When you buy a used bike, there's only one. If it's the right size, you can decide if the condition and other factors are to your liking and buy it. IF THE SIZE IS WRONG, IT'S NEVER A GOOD BUY REGARDLESS OF PRICE.
Better fitting bikes are way more fun to ride. You only shift occasionally. You only have to use your brakes now and then. The way you fit on a road bike, however, affects your enjoyment and performance every single minute you are on the bike.