5 things to look out for when buying a used bike

Bicycles are clearly in demand. As a result, most bicycle stores nowadays have to contend with long delivery times. That is why it is interesting to look for a good second hand bicycle. But beware, even on the second hand market there is scarcity, so good bargains are quickly gone. Moreover, you do not want to be cheated. That is why it is important to take your time and to research and test each bike thoroughly. In this article we list some important elements that you should definitely pay attention to when you want to buy a used bike.

A second hand bike can look nice, but always go and try it out before buying
  • What type of bike would you like to buy? You can easily go on a cycling vacation with any well-maintained bike. However, it is important to know on which terrain you prefer to ride. A road bike focuses on aerodynamics, speed and lightness and is therefore perfect for public roads. If you like riding in mountainous areas with rough terrain: forest paths, sandy strips, muddy sections, rocks, etc., choose a mountain bike. Nowadays, gravel bikes are on the rise. They can be described as a compromise between a road bike and a mountain bike, with which you ride especially well on unpaved roads. A good old comfortable touring bike remains a good choice to travel for long distances on paved roads.

    Want to learn more about which bike to choose? Then be sure to read this article.
  • The frame size of the bike is the most important parameter for a new bike. Unlike other parts, you cannot adjust a frame. However, to know your frame size, there are handy size tables. On several websites you will find small variations on the ranges used. It is therefore good to take these margins into account, but above all to test the bike. No size chart will guarantee a perfect bike for you. Feeling and testing the bike yourself remains the best way to make sure.   
    • For the city or touring bike: 

    • For a mountain bike:

    • For a racing bike:

    • You can also simply measure your inner legs and determine the required frame size yourself. If you end up between two frame sizes, choose the higher size for a city or touring bike; a lower size for mountain bikes and racing bikes.

      To take a short measurement, follow the steps here
      • Make sure you take the measurement barefoot. Shoes can cause a small difference in the measurement. Stand with your feet about 15 cm apart and stand straight.
      • Now measure the length of your inner leg up to the groin
      • Then multiply this length by 0.68 to determine the frame size
  • Next, it is important to estimate your available budget. There are no official price ranges for second hand bikes. This is always a personal negotiation with the seller. The price varies greatly depending on the type of bike, frame (carbon, aluminum or a mix) and the equipment of the bike (gears and brakes).

    As a beginner it is not always necessary to have the best materials. The difference between aluminum and carbon, for example, is negligible for an amateur sportsman. Also in terms of gears you don't have to go for the highest materials right away.

Their are a lot of second hand bikes on the market, certainly in the retro branch - source - cc

  • If you have found a nice bike, be sure to check it out and inspect it personally. It is important to check whether the frame has any cracks. You should also check the wear of the gears. If they have already been worn down, it is better to negotiate on the price because sooner or later you will have to install new gears. The same, but to a lesser extent, applies to the brake pads if the bike is not fitted with disc brakes. However, you can easily replace them yourself.
  • Finally, be sure to ask to do a short test ride to see if the estimated frame size is correct and if the bike rides well. You can best judge a bike when you ride it. So be critical enough if the bike doesn't fit you well.