How to Buy a Used Bike Safely

Here at My Used Bicycle, we have a couple of tips to help you find your next bike.

 THE SEARCH

There are a number of different styles of bikes out there, you have to decide if you want a road, mountain, or a commuter bike. These different models suit different needs.

  1. Road - This is a great option if you plan to do any long distance cycling. The frames are usually pretty light and do not have any form of suspension. These bikes are built for speed, certainly not comfort.
  2. Mountain - As the name suggests these bikes are great for the mountains or any uneven surface. Mountain bikes usually come with front and back suspension.
  3. Commuter Bike - The commuter bike is small and lightweight. Great for cutting through the traffic. Some commuter bikes can be folded when not in use.

One of the most important things when buying a new bike, is to know your size. As a rule of thumb you should be able to mount and dismount the bike and reach the pedals comfortably.

When you know this basic information, you can search My Used Bicycle to find for your perfect match.

INSPECT THE FRAME
When buying a used bike you should always inspect the frame. Many used bikes will have a few small scratches or chips. However, you should look out for things like rusty frames or cracks on the tubes, says Nick Martin, owner of The Pro's Close. You should inspect the welded joints and look closely underneath the bottom bracket and around the frame joints, where cracks are more likely to form.

WHEELS AND SUSPENSION FORK
Replacing wheels, a suspension fork, or a drivetrain can cost thousands, so make sure these critical parts are in top shape. You should also make sure that the wheels are not buckled and are aligned, as this can be costly to repair. 

CHECK FEEDBACK AND PURCHASING
If you find a bike on My Used bike, you can be sure that the seller has been verified and is not spam, we inspect all listings. If the seller has feedback it is always a good idea to read it. It is always a good idea to purchase locally and inspect the bike in person.

ADD FINAL TOUCHES
After purchasing a used bike, get it tuned up by visiting your local shop. While there, pick up new tires and grips or bar tape, which will make it feel like new. If the fit isn't perfect, consider swapping the handlebar and/or the stem. Going with reasonably priced parts should cost less than $200-- and could make the difference between a deal and a dud.