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WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING A BIKE


When
purchasing
used or second hand bicycles you want to make sure
that the bike you choose is in suitable mechanical condition. If you’re unsure about
mechanical matters, try to find a friend who knows about bikes, and take him or her along
with you.
 

Size


Before checking for anything else, try the bike for size. It’s not going to be a lot
of use if your feet can’t touch the ground at its lowest saddle setting! You should
be able to touch the floor with at least your toes when sitting in the saddle, and have
only a slight bend in the leg when on the furthest stroke of the pedal.

Condition

Now you can examine the rest of the bicycle.

The most important thing is the state of the
frame. If there’s any sign of rust on steel, dents in aluminium, cracks in carbon
fibre, or creaking noises coming from titanium frames, the bike is not in great condition.

 Unless you’re getting an absolute bargain, give dodgy frames a miss.

two people riding bicycles

Squeeze!

Next, check the joints. Look for hairline fractures and paintwork, which may be covering
damage, and check that the wheels are aligned correctly – they should be in line with
the frame when seen from above. Lift the front of the bicycle and shake from side-to-side
– wheels and joints should feel secure and not wobble.

Give the tyres a good squeeze and check the tread and look where the tyre meets the
wheel to check for corrosion. Spin both wheels and check for wobble or buckling –
they should spin smoothly.


 

 

 

 

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