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Just to comment on your last sentence...bikes are so much more simple than,


say, cars with a myriad of hidden mechanical parts. The untrained eye can catch problems on a bike. You look over the frame for dents and cracks (not merely cosmetic scratches). If it's a carbon frame, a crack almost always means it's trash, depending on the location. (But most entry level folks aren't checking out carbon). It takes 15 seconds or less to cycle through the gears and test the brakes. A couple of seconds to compress the suspension on an MTB. Same amount of time to ensure the tires hold air. It takes very little time to look over the rest of the bike for rust, frayed cables, evidence of crashes, etc..

Granted, some of the newer technology - e-shifting, blue tooth sensors, exotic suspensions, etc. - could require an expert eye. But the novice has no business in that stratosphere, as those bikes resale in the thousands of dollars.

(In response to this post by Starmut)

Posted: 05/22/2020 at 3:10PM



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