During the new bike shortage in 2020 it was a banner year to a buy or sell a used bike. Why not give some life to an old bike? With a steel or aluminum frame and the ability to replace components that are bent, rusted, worn, or dried out (in the case of rubber), you can take almost any bike and make it usable again. If you are on a budget and just getting into cycling and do not know how enthusiastic you will be for riding over time, it is a good way to get rolling without making a large investment, saving some cash for the accessories you will need. But buying a pre-owned bike is not without pitfalls so here are some tips for making the right selection.
Risks of Used Bikes
Before undertaking the search and purchase of a used bike, you should be aware of the risks:
What you Need to Know
Here are some things you need to know as you begin your search:
If all this seems overwhelming, know that you can always save up your money and purchase a new bike that has a manufacturer's warranty from a bicycle retailer where the staff is trained to do a needs assessment, a bike fit, and provide support after the sale. New or used, the most important thing is to get out and ride.
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