Bicycles for Sale
When looking for the right bicycle for you, you need to think about where you are going to be riding and whether speed or comfort is your priority.
Road bikes are suitable for speed and when fitted correctly can be very comfortable (prices range from £300 to £10,000+).
If you are looking for a reliable bike to commute on, a hybrid bicycle is worth considering, as they are more comfortable and benefit from thicker tyres, so are more stable in wet conditions (prices range from £200 – £1,000).
No matter what type of bike you are looking to buy, you should look for the best frame in your budget, the group set isn’t too important, as nowadays the entry-level ones are reliable.
The rest comes down to your personal preference; all other parts can be upgraded once you fall in love with cycling.
Is it better to buy a shiny new bike or save money and buy a second-hand bike?
1. New Bike.
The benefits of buying a new bike are that you get to choose the perfect size, colour and design for you.
Obviously, this does come at a premium, but you also know that you are the first person to ride it and maintenance will be low for the first six months or so.
Do not rush into buying a new bike without doing your research on the best one for your budget.
2. Second-hand Bike.
Alternately you can get a 2nd hand bike. Sites such as eBay are a relatively safe option, as all payments are secure, so if the bike is not as described, you will get your money back.
If you have found a 2nd hand bike locally, do not hand over your money until you have had a chance to give it a once over and make sure it works.
What to check in advance when purchasing a second-hand bike?
- The frame is not cracked (scuff marks are inevitable, but they do not hamper the integrity of the frame),
- The chain and cassette are not rusted,
- The tyres are inflated,
- The brakes pads are not worn down,
- All the bearings are moving freely without a grating feeling.
Ideally, build rapport with the seller, so they allow you to go for a little test ride. Have a price in mind and try to haggle with the seller. Start lower than your budget, and you should be able to find a middle ground.
The sad reality is that you should always check if the bike is stolen (using this free checker – Bikeregister), especially in London, if the deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.
Alternately if it is a relatively new bike, you could ask for proof of purchase.
New or old check reviews and go for a test ride, before parting with your hard-earned cash.