Second-hand bikes???

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Second-hand bikes???

Postby AlanPickworth » 11 Feb 2018, 5:20pm

What do we think about buying second-hand bikes? I'm always amazed at how quickly bike prices drop off after the first 1-3 years and feel like it's easy to get a great deal going second-hand. However I know that it's not a thing that many road cyclists do... thoughts?

Would you buy second hand? If yes, where do you recommend looking? If no, why no?

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Re: Second-hand bikes???

Postby Spinners » 11 Feb 2018, 5:44pm

My last nine bikes (spread over nine years) have been;

New Hybrid (Halfords) This got me back into cycling after a few years away.
New Road Bike (Halfords)
2nd Hand Road Bike (eBay)
2nd Hand Gravel Bike (eBay)
New Hybrid (Giant Concept Store)
2nd Hand Road Bike (Gumtree)*
2nd Hand Hybrid (Gumtree)
2nd Hand MTB (Gumtree)
New Road Bike (Wiggle)

* An odd one this as it was technically 2nd Hand but was completely new and unused and just 40% of the new price.
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Re: Second-hand bikes???

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Postby mattsccm » 11 Feb 2018, 6:00pm

Darn good idea. Would not buy new if used did the job. Prices are usually good and problems shouldn't exist if you know how a bike is put together. Buying a stolen one should be an issue either, just check a bit.

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Re: Second-hand bikes???

Postby SmilerGB » 11 Feb 2018, 6:53pm

Having a good working knowledge of bike repair/maintenance makes buying a second hand bike easier & less daunting.

I bought my cyclocross second hand as wanted it as a winter trainer & commuter but I completely stripped & rebuilt it before taking it out on a ride.

I think sometimes lack of knowledge forces most to buy new, well that & personal preference.
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Postby whoof » 11 Feb 2018, 7:24pm

This year I've bought a Dahon folding bike for £60 from ebay and a Surly lht for £500 from gumtree. My biggest concern was not buying anything that was stolen. Both buyers appeared genuine so I was happy with both purchases.

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Postby whoof » 11 Feb 2018, 7:28pm

Forgot to say I've been looking for a Surly for about two years. Many people won't or can't wait this long. If no one bought new there would be no second hand.

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Postby SmilerGB » 11 Feb 2018, 7:37pm

I register all mine on the bike register, it helps not only on getting your bike retuned in the event it stolen & for sales as it gives you a log book for the bike as proof of ownership.

https://www.bikeregister.com
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Re: Second-hand bikes???

Postby robgul » 11 Feb 2018, 7:55pm

Having probably had about 30 bikes over quite a lot of years I've only ever bought one complete new bike (a Specialized) and a new Van Nic f&f to build myself - everything else has been from friends, ebay or cycling fora.

BUT they have all been "metal" - I wouldn't buy used carbon machinery

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Re: Second-hand bikes???

Postby brynpoeth » 11 Feb 2018, 8:13pm

Many people on these fora have too many bikes, many older bikes are very sought after (Gillott, and Mercian, Bob Jackson..)
Just like cars, the newest ones may not be as good as the ones made a few years ago
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Postby mercalia » 11 Feb 2018, 8:23pm

brynpoeth wrote:Many people on these fora have too many bikes, many older bikes are very sought after (Gillott, and Mercian, Bob Jackson..)
Just like cars, the newest ones may not be as good as the ones made a few years ago


I really wonder whether that is true? a bike is just a frame and the accessories? The accessories have improved in quality so that leaves just the frame? are modern frames worse than those of yesteryear? Doubt it. That just leaves nostalgia and people with too much money who want the kudos of riding an antique :idea:

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Postby whoof » 11 Feb 2018, 8:37pm

brynpoeth wrote:Just like cars, the newest ones may not be as good as the ones made a few years ago

Old cars are terrible, unreliable and inefficient. Everyone I know who has one keeps it's garaged and doesn't drive it in the wet for fear of it rusting and spend as long tinkering (repairing) them as they do driving them.

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Postby brynpoeth » 11 Feb 2018, 8:42pm

whoof wrote:
brynpoeth wrote:Just like cars, the newest ones may not be as good as the ones made a few years ago

Old cars are terrible, unreliable and inefficient. Everyone I know who has one keeps it's garaged and doesn't drive it in the wet for fear of it rusting and spend as long tinkering (repairing) them as they do driving them.

Mine is 21 years old, has never let me down but it was worse than its predecessor, it has power steering, :( completely unnecessary, uses energy, can break down
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