If you are looking to purchase a bike but don’t have enough cash to spend on a new one, consider going for a second-hand bike. However, there are factors that you should consider before spending your money on a second-hand bike. Here are some of the things to check when going for a used bike.
Tires and Wheels
When buying a second-hand bike, make sure you check the wheels by lifting them off the ground and watching them spin. If there is side to side movements when the wheel is spinning, this may be an indicator of a problem. Though tires are not as expensive to replace as the wheels, it’s essential to look out for gashes, cracks, and bulges.
Frame and Fork
If the frame and fork are damaged, then the bike is useless. When buying a used bike check for cracks, rust, and dents and, if possible, take a test ride to see if it can maintain a straight line when traveling.
Headset and Steerer
To check the headset’s condition, apply pressure on the brakes, and rock the bike back and forth. If you hear some knocking sound on the headset, then the bike may require some maintenance.