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Buying A Second-Hand Bike: Define Your Use Of Used Bike

This is essential to get you started when chasing your used bike or motorcycle for sale (ขาย มอเตอร์ไซค์ which is the term in Thai). Define your use to facilitate different searching models within the same bike category.

For example, choose urban or electric models if you’re only going to ride around town. If you want to face a trail, mountain biking is the best choice. A road bike is great for speed training and taking on asphalt roads. If you are a woman, choose women’s bike models, which have designs and parts for the female body. This makes it easier to use and makes the pedal much better.

Investigate The Origin Of The Bike

You must follow specific criteria to be sure about the true origin of the bike you are eyeing. Give preference to nearby sellers or physical stores so you can see the bike up close. In addition, contact with the seller is important because, at this time, you should ask the following questions:

  • Is the bike yours?
  • What is the reason for the sale?
  • Did you use the bike for work, outings, or training?
  • Do you have a receipt for the bike?

With these questions, you can already make a good diagnosis about the bike’s origin and avoid a wrong purchase. Also, always look for bikes from well-known brands like Scott, Cannondale, Merida, and Specialized, among other big companies. This guarantees half the battle to make a good purchase.

Perform A Technical Evaluation Of The Parts

When you want to buy big bike (รับซื้อจักรยานยนต์ which is the term in Thai), ask the seller’s permission and carefully examine each item on the bike. Start with the frame and see if there are no cracks or holes, especially in the welds. Then check that there are no gaps in the following bike axles: front and rear hubs, steering box, central axle, and crank. Check the operation of the shifters and the state of the gear ratio. If the teeth on the chainrings and cassette are thin and pointed, it is a sign that it is very worn and not worth it. Pay attention to the seat post and take the liberty of taking it out and putting it in place. Some riders weld this piece to the frame, preventing height adjustments. Discard the bike from your wish list if it doesn’t go up or down.

Compare The Value Of A Used Bike With A New One

To “make the test of nine,” you must also put values ​​on the scale. Pick one or two used bikes that you would potentially buy and write down their parts, model, make, and everything else vital to it. Now “Google” and see options with similar setups on the web, and compare prices. Often, a used bike can be nearly as expensive as a new bike. This is a sign that the purchase may not be advantageous.

Ivy Skye Marshall: Ivy, a social justice reporter, covers human rights issues, social movements, and stories of community resilience.