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Question on used bikes(8 posts)

Question on used bikesCBowser
May 8, 2003 10:39 AM
What are the major concerns with buying a used bike that the owner says has been raced or used as a training bike?? Is it best to stay away from these bikes?
I don't see a major difference...eschelon
May 8, 2003 11:05 AM
I think it's still a matter of buyer beware. I've bought used stuff over the internet without ever meeting the dude, except numerous emails back and forth and finally a telephone coversation to finalize my gut feeling about the dude and the whole transaction.
Never bought, but have sold usedpitt83
May 8, 2003 11:54 AM
I would say hubs, cables, chain, cassette, rings and head set: The wear components not properly cleaned, reconditioned and lubed over their lifetime. Either closely inspect these or be willing or expect to replace them. Mileage will dictate how worn they are. You're only buying the frame and controls, and hoping the rest is OK.

I was straight up about the condition of these and never had anyone complain about it. If someone claims "never ridden", decide whether you believe that or not.
what I would want to knowDougSloan
May 8, 2003 12:09 PM
ever crashed, weight of rider, used on fixed trainer, who did maintenance, ever painted (could hide problems)

Doug
why would you want to know if it was used on a trainer? nmreklar
May 8, 2003 2:07 PM
bbDougSloan
May 8, 2003 2:55 PM
I would check the bottom bracket area very closely, as standing on a fixed trainer really torques the bb.

Doug
sweat toocrestlinefarm
May 8, 2003 3:31 PM
Lots of sweat dripping onto the top tube also.
re: Question on used bikestarwheel
May 9, 2003 7:06 AM
Be very careful, ask lots of questions via email or telephone, get some electronic pictures and then cross your fingers. I bought 2 used Eddy Merckx frames last year after following all of my advice above and both turned out to have crash damage when I examined them. The damage wasn't extremely obvious but clear to someone who knows better. My bike shop noticed the damage when I brought the first frame to them to build up. The second frame had the same sort of damage, which I recognized as soon as I examined it. Fortunately I was able to get my money back in both cases and returned the frames, but it was a major hassle.