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Thinking of buying a used bike? Here’s how to avoid getting stung…


There’s lots of temptations in the used market, but think carefully before you hand over your dough.

We’ve all lusted after bikes we couldn’t afford, but the great thing about patience, and that price slashing thing called depreciation, is eventually unachievable purchases become much, much more achievable.

But before you let your excitement get the better of you, and you hand a wedge of cash over to an unknown seller, take a good few seconds to weigh up the bike in front of you and work out if it really is the dream purchase you’ve been lusting after, because, frankly, you’re pretty knackered if it’s not the bike you thought it was. Buying used is a process that should be treated with finite caution to ensure you’re not being caught out, and to help you with that process we’ve come up with 10 expert-inspired steps to see you don’t get your pants pulled down…

1. Do the legwork

Once you have decided on the model of bike you want, spend a few evenings doing a bit of background research. Get on a dedicated forum and check for reoccurring issues so that you know what faults you may need to watch out for. Forum users are often very knowledgeable and more than willing to help, so stick a post up asking the question. Then research the actual bike. Was the bike updated? Has it been recalled? Ensure you know as much as possible so you can be 100% certain it is the bike for you, and then write a checklist of issues to look for. Now it’s time to start looking for the bike.

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