Tips

 

Buying.

Do some research. Riding a full century on a hardcore downhill rig or riding big drops on a road bike probably isn’t the best idea  for most of us. Think about what most of your riding will look like and pick the appropriate style of bike.

Sizing. Lots of different approaches to this one. Google the charts. Measure your inseam. Read the articles. Measure your inseam again. When you are looking at a bike or talking to the seller, ask them or look at how tall they are. Don’t buy bikes from NBA players if you’re under 5 feet tall.

Budget. Be reasonable. Its expected that you’ll haggle - just don’t be ridiculous. Be respectful of a person’s time. Set aside some cash for a tune up on the bike if it’s not something you feel comfortable with yourself.

Meet people safely. Take a friend (maybe someone who knows about bikes or you plan on riding with). You can use parking lots at police stations or nice public places that sell coffee. Most sellers will expect cash. Plan ahead and act safely.

Stolen Bikes. They are out there. Be smart. trust your gut. Read that tab as well.

 

Selling.

Put it all out there. List the year, model, frame characteristics, size, groupset and anything that helps a buyer make better decisions. Want to cut down on forty “back and forth” emails ? More info up front. Feel free to make some jokes - people like that.

Sizing. One of the main concerns or barriers a person has to purchasing a used bike is size. Make sure you are clear about this. Feel free to reference your own height (or that of the rider). Talk about wheel size and details down to tire size just brings a better informed purchaser to look at your bike.

Pricing. Be realistic - what does the bike owe you ? What’s realistic depreciation ? It’s not a new bike - don’t price it like one. It’s expected that you’ll haggle - don’t entertain the lowballers and don’t be a scammer. If it’s a person that is new to cycling think about how they’ll feel about this decision in a year ? WIll they still be ramped on cycling or will one bad purchase turn them away ? Pro Tip - that bike you spent $3000 on 7 years ago is not worth that now. Look at comparables.

Meet people safely. Take a friend if that makes you comfortable. People will ask to ride the bike - doing this is reasonable - just keep a piece of collateral or have them ride around the parking lot. . You can meet in parking lots at police stations or nice public places that sell coffee. Think about payment before hand and mention it before you meet - cash ? paypal ? email transfer ? credit letter from a Nigerian Prince ? Plan ahead and act safely.

Stolen Bikes. They are out there. See the tab. Be ready to prove ownership.