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Buying used bikes, and getting them(4 posts)

Buying used bikes, and getting themBlair
Jan 24, 2002 8:39 PM
Just got the new bike, I bought off ebay. (LS appalachian)
Obviously not like buying out of a bike shop, because a used bike always has a couple of quirks. Still, what's do you do when the bike is close but not quite right.
This issue is a 26.6 mm seatpost in a 27.2 mm frame.
Have any of you had similar experiencees? What'd you do?

Thanks, Blair
re: Buying used bikes, and getting themE Bayer
Jan 24, 2002 8:49 PM
Assuming you got a good deal, just by a shim for $5- any LBS can order one.
re: Buying used bikes, and getting themElefantino
Jan 24, 2002 8:49 PM
1) Contact the seller via e-mail. If the seapost was listed among the items for sale it is implied that it goes with the bike. If shims were not included, then it might be a mistake. Generally, good sellers will be accomodating.

2) If you don't get a satisfactory response, take it a step further and follow the steps to get the seller's phone number. Call him/her and inquire.

3) If you STILL don't get satisfaction, there's always negative feedback. I hate to leave it, but when a buyer flakes or a seller welches, I have done it. No one likes negative feedback, and most good sellers will go out of their way to make things right.

Unfortunately, that's about all your choices. Caveat emptor is an eBay truth. Fortunately, I have only been on the bad end of a couple of transactions. Most of them are good.

Good luck

Dependsnee Spoke Wrench
Jan 25, 2002 6:00 AM
If you're talking about a $20.00 Kalloy seatpost, I'd just chalk it up to experience and buy a new seatpost or a $7.00 to $10.00 shim. If you worry and fret too much over $20.00 that resentment will grow until it completely consumes you and keeps you from ever enjoying your new bicycle.

If you're talking about something like a Record Carbon seatpost, that's another matter.