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buying a bike on ebay: good or bad idea?(5 posts)

buying a bike on ebay: good or bad idea?Skyeward
Jul 9, 2002 7:45 PM
There are some really nice bikes on ebay for good prices, but I'm somewhat leerly about buying a bike from some guy halfway across the country. I know it's not good to buy a bike without trying it out, but what if you'd road something similar?
I'd to know other peoples experiances with buying bikes on ebay, and any advice or useful comments on the subject.

Thanks everyone,

re: buying a bike on ebay: good or bad idea?taar44
Jul 10, 2002 3:02 AM
I got a bike off E-Bay and i am very satisfied. The key thing to look for is positive feedback in the seller's record. Also e-mail the seller a few times and judge how fast and informative their responses are. Goodluck!
Jul 10, 2002 5:05 AM
Ask a ton of technical and descriptive questions.

If the seller is not the owner, be very wary. A TRUE roadie is usually anally retentive about taking care of his/her gear, and knows every flaw in its condition. A guy who bought a bike at a yard sale or pawn shop and wants to turn it around for a buck is trouble... or a dilettante who doesn't know a thing about bikes might be completely ignorant about its condition or even what components are on it.

From the looks of some ads, people swap components on a bike they sell, so you might have a boat anchor for a seat post, or a bunch of 105 on a bike that originally had Ultegra or Dura Ace (and they put the good stuff on a new frame).

I didn't purchase a bike, but did purchase wheels that were grossly misrepresented. The rims were cracked, and in one breath, the seller said he didn't see any cracks when he was cleaning them, THEN said that cracks are "NORMAL" on such lightweight rims. He apparently was selling wheels he had previously purchased for his son that was a racer. Fortunately, he was selling them under his daughter's account. She was willing to refund my money. I was lucky!
Caveat Emptor but I'm happyMcAndrus
Jul 10, 2002 6:28 AM
I bought a frame last year and I've been very happy with it. The seller was a bike shop in Kentucky that was clearing out some old stock.

The only gotcha is the risk. Someone on this board once said, "I never buy anything from someone I can't punch in the nose." I think there's some wisdom in that sentiment.

I took a risk and it paid off.
Good way to find rare vintage bikes ...Humma Hah
Jul 10, 2002 2:33 PM
... I bought my vintage Paramount frame there recently. Knew of the seller, a dealer where I used to live. I was on pins and needles hoping UPS didn't bend the thing double in shipment. It arrived fine.

If you're after a bike you simply can't find locally, something rare or special, and you have a pretty good idea of the fit issues, it can work out OK.

But if you can try before you buy, and support a local bike shop or fellow rider, that's always preferable.