Tips for Buying Used Mountain Bikes

 

Do you want to buy a used mountain bike? If so then it’s important to know which steps to take in order to get the best results. Here are some helpful tips:

1. Learn which parts are cheap to change
This is critical because the cost of adding replacement parts t your bike can be quite high. So it’s critical to know which parts you can change for a low price, and which ones like tires you’ll have to spend more money in order to replace the part.

2. Pick 3 bikes you’d like to have
Unfortunately there’s a chance you might be unable to find a used version of your first 1-2 MTB choices. What should you do? It’s a good idea to pick 3 bike models you’d like to have. That way if you’re unable to find any of the bikes you’ll have a backup plan. It’s definitely worth taking this step so you won’t have to spend tons of time and effort finding one particular bike. Keep in mind it might be tougher to find a used version of the bike. In that case, it’s always a good idea to have a backup plan just in case you need it.

3. Know the features of good deals
Not every sale/deal you find will be a good one. That’s why it’s important to know whether or not a deal is a good one. There’s no way to know that until you do some research to find out the average price of the bike based on industry standards.

4. Don’t buy a stolen bike
It’s important to make sure you’re not buying a used bike that’s also stolen. Make sure to do checks like comparing the actual bike with photos on social media, for example. Does the person seem like the actual owner of the bike? Does the person have any paperwork for the bike? Unfortunately, you can sometimes make several checks and still end up buying a stolen bike. However, if you take some basic steps you can give yourself the best chance and buying a legit bike.

5. Pick a “unused” bike
This is a great option if you want a high-quality bike for a lower price. Bikes are like cars in that a model that’s one year old can be much cheaper than a new model. In fact, you can save a ton of money this way because of various reasons. The bike itself will have depreciated in value so you can save easily that way. There’s also the fact that someone will likely want to sell their old bike as quickly as possible so they can get a new model or handle bills and other expenses. Deciding to buy a used bike is a key step if you want to save money.

6. Test bikes in person
This is especially important if you’re planning to buy our bike online. In that case it’s very important to test the bike before you purchase it. You’ll then have a good idea about whether or not it’s the right choice for you.