Buying a used or second-hand bike
There are thousands of bikes posted every day on Gumtree and eBay daily, there are some bargains out there… and an awful lot of worn out, damaged and broken bikes!
This is not a complete list but there are few obvious things to consider when looking at a used bike:
- Is the frame cracked or bent;
- Are the forks bent of steering tube cracked;
- Are the wheels damaged or worn out?
- Are the gear shifters old and sloppy?
- When was the chain and cassette last replaced?
- Damaged or old tyres and cables?
Be aware that some projects can cost you hundreds of dollars just in parts.
Then again some bikes are worth it…
We not only make sure that the bike is safe but that it is serviceable and represents good value for the price and age of the bike.
For higher quality second-hand bikes his may include cassettes chains and even new wheels.
For a lower priced (cheap) bikes we service and replace any parts that significantly impact safety and some that will improve ride quality.
We love old bikes and love to keep them on the road.
Nobody is more pleased than us when one of our customers walks in with an great deal they bought. We will work with you to build it back up to either original specifications or better (faster, stronger) than it was before.
This is your project and we are thrilled to be part of it
Is it worth buying a used bike?
It is worth remembering that the quality of entry level bikes has gone up in the last few years while the price has gone down.
We just got quiet a few 2015 Jamis bikes in store and they are $449 brand new!