Where to buy a used bike
One good way is to buy used bikes online. The best place to buy used road bicycles or used mountain bikes is your local bike shop, buy please note that most bike shops don’t sell used bikes. The reason for this is that they would fix and adjust the bikes to run correctly. If you are going to buy a used bike anywhere else you might get a good burgen, but at the same time you’re faced with the unknown cost of having a bike shop tune it up and replace any necessary parts.
New bikes have front and rear reflectors, but they may be missing from used bikes. If your bike doesn’t have them, make sure you get them from a bike shop. If you’re riding at night, you’ll also want front and rear lights.
Make them look “new”
Used bikes, especially if they have been neglected for a long time can give a very harsh ride. Still, there are some things that can be done that can improve the ride.
- Oil the chain and other moving parts. Always prefer a bike lube from the bike shop (even though a mineral oil or baby oil will work as well).
- Check the brakes: Used bikes means also used brakes. Replace them. If the brake pads are good but are rubbing against the wheel rim, adjust them.
- Replace bad tires, and air them up. Used tires should be replaced. Take this opportunity to choose the right tire width for your riding style: mountain biking have large, coarse knobs, but they slow you down on pavement. Replacing knobby tires with smooth tires will make you go faster for less effort. If the tires are soft, it’ll be twice as hard to pedal. Pump them up until you can just barely make the slightest dent in the tire by pressing it with your thumb.
- Tune the wheels: One thing that old bikes often need is to have the wheels trued, meaning tightening & loosening various spokes so that the wheel spins straight. A wheel that wobbles left and right will run into your brakes.
Used bikes are out of tune!. If you are buying your used mountain bikes or your used road bikes online, or anyplace else outside of a bike shop, bring them to the bike shop for inspection, and tune up. After the tune up go for a test ride: if the bike doesn’t ride the way you want it to, or anything’s broken, or it’s missing parts, fix it!.