Your ride is your identity, your pride and the gear you choose helps you meet your goals, whether those goals are competitive, fitness-related or both. Start your search on an informed note by reading about what other athletes confronted with making this choice did about their dilemmas: peruse the Beginner Triathlete website where a heated discussion on the topic of new v. used road bike is likely to push your mind into a higher gear.
Tips for buying a used bike
What better authority to consult when considering a used bike than Fred Dreier of Bicycling.com? One of Drier’s self-admitted goals is helping cyclists like you avoid “picking a lemon,” and his advocacy is all about saving readers thousands of dollars if a new cycle is an impossible dream.
When starting your search, determine your optimal bike size. Next, compare prices using reliable resources like:
Fill your shortlist with at least three options so you can compare them. Scrutinize each frame so thoroughly, you are proclaimed the Sherlock Holmes of cycle inspection. Do a cursory tire kick, inspecting wheels, suspension fork and drive train. If circumstances allow, have a bicycle shop expert take a look at your final choice so you feel confident and don’t suffer buyer’s regret after the fact.
Buying a used bike could save you a ton of money especially if you are a broke college student looking for a frugal bicycle option.
Buying a used bike
- You save money while helping someone unload their bike
- The used bike you choose could be loaded with features
- Minor flaws can help you negotiate a better deal
- Garage sales are ideal ways to find affordable used bikes and they’re everywhere
- Lots of bike shops sell used cycles so this is an ideal way to go.
- Apply due diligence when inspecting for flaws and damage
- Pre-owned bike sales are usually final
- You probably won’t have to warranty to fall back on
- Don’t know the seller? Are you sure the bike you want isn’t stolen?
Buying a new bike
- Acquire the latest technology and design
- The warranty is worth its weight in gold
- Enjoy immediate recourse if you’re not satisfied
- You may be able to negotiate prices on new “older” models
- Can’t come up with cash? You may be able to finance it.
- You will probably spend more money than you would buy a used bike
- Your budget may preclude “extras” you desire
- New bike owners tend to worry more about theft
- If it’s stolen, you can kiss the money you paid for it goodbye.