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What gives with all the Used Bikes w/ Under 200 miles???(9 posts)

What gives with all the Used Bikes w/ Under 200 miles???shamelessgearwhore
May 22, 2003 12:40 PM
On the classified board and on Ebay, it seems like every other bike for sale is "as new" or never ridden. Who are all these people that buy a beautiful new bike and then get rid of it after less than 100 miles? I mean why bother? WTF? I just find it hard to believe people would drop 2k-3k on a bike if they don't know they will use it, or that it will be a close fit.
Gee, could it be...mohair_chair
May 22, 2003 12:44 PM
It's probably the same people who sign up for gym memberships and never go.

It's probably the same people who buy all that ridculous exercise gear from infomercials that is now taking up space in their garage.

It could also be that they are lying.
Only thing I can think of...filtersweep
May 22, 2003 12:46 PM
some are independent bike shop overstocks of old models.

others are possibly mail order or from shops with no return policy (which believe it or not, there still are).

most are likely from LIARS!
Maybe they'd rather be riding their mountain bikeAztec
May 22, 2003 1:26 PM
I bought a new road bike last July and probably only have 300-400 miles on it. Given the choice I'd rather ride one of my MTBs any day.

Blasphemy I know, but it's the truth. I just don't like riding on the road as much as I do on dirt.
If I could only find a trail......RickC5
May 22, 2003 2:24 PM
near my house, I'd rather ride dirt too. However, they paved virtually EVERYTHING in our fair city, so I primarily ride my road bikes cause I hate loading the mtn bike in the truck and driving 1/2 or more to find a decent trail. POOP!
re: What gives with all the Used Bikes w/ Under 200 miles???ross
May 22, 2003 5:51 PM
maybe they got laid off and need the money!
re: What gives with all the Used Bikes w/ Under 200 miles???Spoiler
May 22, 2003 8:00 PM
Maybe they're those new fangled 15 lb. bikes that were ridden into the ground after 200 hard miles. They're all beat up, cracked, and fatigued.
my theorytarwheel
May 23, 2003 4:40 AM
Most bike shops set up bikes these days as if they were going to be ridden by racers -- low handlebars, rock hard saddles, stiff aluminum frames, etc. They look sexy to newbies, who buy them and are so uncomfortable after riding a few times that they quit the sport. If most newbies would buy a nice "heavy" steel bike with a comfortable saddle and higher handlebars I am convinced they would continue riding long enough to get in shape and actually enjoy cycling. However, all these used "200 mile" bikes make for some great deals for serious cyclists.
or sellers understating mileage/use to drive bids higher (nm)JS Haiku Shop
May 23, 2003 5:11 AM