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  • Gary F

Buying a Pre Owned Bike

When buying a used carbon road bike, there are a few key things to keep in mind to ensure you're making a wise purchase. First, examine the frame for any signs of damage, such as cracks, dents, or deep scratches. Carbon fiber can be prone to hidden damage, so it's crucial to inspect it thoroughly.

Check the components, including the drivetrain, brakes, and wheels. Make sure they are in good condition and function smoothly. Pay attention to the wear on the chain and cassette, as these are common areas of deterioration.

Inspect the wheels for any signs of damage or uneven wear. Spin them to check for wobbles or a bent rim. Check the brake tracks for excessive wear, especially if the bike has rim brakes.

Take a look at the overall condition of the bike, including the handlebars, saddle, and pedals. These components can give you an indication of how well the bike has been maintained.

Lastly, consider the bike's history and maintenance records if available. Ask the seller about any accidents, repairs, or upgrades that have been done to the bike.

By paying attention to these details, you can make a more informed decision when buying a used carbon road bike.

Happy riding!

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