5 Steps When Buying Second Hand Bikes

Robin Khan By Robin Khan, 12th Apr 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/125axlrn/
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There is nothing better than riding your bike on a beautiful day in Dublin with the wind blowing through your hair and your skin soaking in the sun. As a matter of fact, there is simply nothing like it. Driving a car can’t give you that feeling and hitting the pavement any other way just isn’t the same. Not only does riding a bike help you connect with nature but it also gives you a great workout. However, new bikes are pricy and can be out of your budget.

5 Steps:

Luckily, buying a bike doesn’t have to break the bank if you search for a high quality second hand bike in Ireland. A second hand bike is a bike that has been previously owned, used and sold at a bike or consignment shop. It may not look brand new or have new parts, but it will still ride great, and that is all that matters.

Learn how to buy the right second hand bike in just 5 steps:

Step 1: Find a Seller

There are many options for buying a second bike, and they all have their pros and cons:

• Bike Shop

This is probably the most obvious place to look for a second hand bike. Not all bike shops in the Dublin area will offer second hand bikes, so you will have to call to find out if they do. While second hand bikes bought here may be the priciest, they are also most likely to be in the best condition as bike shops tend to refurbish used bikes to increase their value.

• Consignment Store

Consignment stores resell pre-owned items at a reasonable price. However, some consignment stores only sell specific items, such as clothes, so you’ll have to do your homework to find a Dublin consignment store that sells household items including bikes. There probably won’t be much variety here, but the potential cost savings is worth the trip.

• Online Auction Site

Online Auction sites will likely provide the largest selection of second hand bikes than any other venue. This is because the sellers are not only located in Dublin but across all of Ireland. You can score a second hand bike for cheap but don’t forget to factor in shipping costs if the seller is not local. Also, in most actions you have to place your highest bid which can be outbid by someone else at the last minute.

• Private Seller

Often people will list second hand bikes in the Dublin classified ads found either in the newspaper or online. Sometimes you can even find them at yard sales. While the prices are usually cheap, you take the risk of not knowing the quality of the bike. People typically get rid of the bikes when they are in poor condition and want to buy a new one, so be extra sceptical before purchasing a second hand bike from a private seller.

Step 2: Determine What You are Looking for

Figure out the primary purpose you need a bike. Are you looking for a bike to use for leisurely rides, to commute or get to places on or to use as a form of exercise? Will you primarily be riding on pavement, dirt or rocky terrain? Do you prefer speed or a smooth ride? By knowing exactly how you will be using your bike and what you are looking for, you can narrow down your choices. After all, it makes more sense to checkout 2 second hand bikes that you know suit your needs rather than travel all around Dublin checking out bikes that won’t work for you.

Step 3: Choose the Right Size

No matter how great the price is or how new it looks, do not buy a second hand bike that is the wrong size. It may be tempting but buying a bike that is the wrong size will not only be uncomfortable to ride but it can also cause an injury. A correctly sized bike for your body will have a seat height that allows you to pedal freely, without your knees hitting the handle bar. On the flip side, your feet should be able to lie flat on the pedals and not be on your tip toes.

Pay attention to how you feel when riding a bike because pain and aches are indicators of an incorrect size. Pain in your knees could indicate that the saddle or pedals are too close together while neck pain could mean that the saddle and pedals are too far apart.

Step 4: Take it for a Test Ride

Of course, you won’t know how the bicycle fits you unless you take it for a test ride. If ordering a second hand bike online, this may not be possible so take this approach carefully. However, if you can visit the bike in person then you should be able to test ride it. Not only will you be able to gage how the bike fits your body but you will see exactly how it rides.

Step 5: Negotiate the Price

In most cases, there is always room to negotiate the price of a second hand bike, especially if there are visible flaws. Let the seller know that you are interested in the bike but you don’t believe it is worth the listed price in its current condition. Take note that if the bike is in great shape, you may not have much wiggle room to negotiate the price but you may be able to negotiate an add-on such as discounted bike equipment or even a free warranty.

Once you purchase the bike, it is all yours! Second hand bikes are a great option if a new bike is out of your budget or you want to add another bike to your collection. Fortunately, in Dublin and throughout Ireland, there are a plethora of second hand bikes to choose from. As long as you follow these 5 steps when buying a second hand bike, you can be assured that you will find the best one to suit your needs.

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