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Is this hub shot?

While inspecting a used road bike ($200) I pulled the rear wheel off to check the hub. I twisted the axle to see if there was any damage. It wasn't at all difficult to turn it, but there was a bit of ...
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Brompton: where to find the higher supply of second-hand bikes in UK, or anywhere in Europe? [closed]

We are 2 french hitchhikers looking for 2 second-hands brompton folding bike (M6R, black). We are ready to hitchhike to get them anywhere in UK, Belgium, NL or Germany for a "reasonable" price. ...
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What bike is better 2010 Trek FX 7.5 or 2015 Trek FX 7.2?

My budget allows for maxing out at $500. The LBS sells the new 2015 Trek FX 7.2 for $450. I also found an excellent condition 2010 Trek FX 7.5 for roughly the same price. Assuming the used bike is in ...
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Used-bike: How much to reserve for repairs/upgrades of total budget?

Let's say I have 500€ to buy a second hand bike. How much of that budget shall I keep for repairs and upgrades, and how much shall I spend on the bike itself? Of course it depends on the condition ...
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Is it worth buying used bikes of old models?

I am going to buy a road bike, and my budget is about 1300$. And I'm faced dilemma: 1) new 2015 (next year) road bike, for example Merida (aluminum frame, shimano 105, carbon fork) 2) used 2009-2010 ...
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how to chose the right frame size for touring bike?

I am going on a two week bike trip with a friend and I can only afford a second hand bike. My concern is that I will wind up buying a bike that I later discover was the wrong size for me. I know that ...
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Is it a good idea to buy a 7-year-old MTB?

I'm a single speed rider and I'd like to buy an MTB. My main purpose for MTB is hardcore forest riding(rocks and little downhills). I thought of buying an used one and I saw today Marin Rock Springs ...
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What should I look for when buying a bike from an auction?

I'm going to an auction to look for cheap gems. Each bike is shown only very briefly and the bidding starts immediately. No hands-on inspection is allowed. What should I pay attention to when trying ...
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How to compare old road bikes [closed]

I'm looking for a retro road bike and found a Gudereit T30 with a steel frame, 12 gears, and Mavic rims. How can I compare this bike to more common bikes to figure out its value? Comparing the ...
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Buying a used higher quality bike vs a lower quality new bike

I'm in the market for a new or used bike in the $1000 range and am trying to figure out whether it is worth it to buy a nicer bike with better components if they are already used and worn. For ...
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What are some red flags to look for when buying a used road bike?

I will be buying my first road bike (after 15 years with the same mountain bike) and I have found many for sale on Kijiji. When I go look at the bikes, what should be some red flags that turn me away ...
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What components are recommended for entry level mountain bike?

I am looking for an entry level mountain bike. I plan on using it on real mountain bike trails, not just unpaved trails and greenways. Specifically, here's what I'd like: good shifters/derailleurs ...
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What do I need to know before buying a bike off of Craigslist? [duplicate]

I know absolutely nothing about bicycles yet I need to buy one in the next 7-9 days. I really can't afford to buy one new and my price range is in the $100-$150 area. Craiglist is my best bet for ...
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Bicycle production/sales figures?

Is there a way to find out how many of a particular bike model were produced and/or sold? For example, "how many Schwinn LeTour bikes were produced in 1979?" The Schwinn LeTour question is just an ...
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How do I determine current value of a used bicycle?

I'm looking at purchasing a 2012 Trek Cobia from a private seller. The bike was about $1,200 new. The bike appears to be in almost new condition and contains all original equipment. The seller wants ...
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Do shops that sell used bikes normally also sell used parts?

I'd like to buy some used bike components. I don't want to shop online. But I don't want to have to travel too far to make my purchase. Do bike shops that sell used bicycles normally also sell used ...
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How can you recognize a department store bike?

You can obviously avoid department store bikes by buying from reputable local bike shops, but how can you tell whether a used bike is a department store bike? Are there any telltale signs? I have a ...
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What do you think about the B-Twin bicycles? Is it better to buy a new B-Twin or an used bike by a more famous brand? [closed]

I was in a sports store the other day I've felt in love with this bike http://www.btwincycle.com/EN/rockrider-5-1-c1-2011-170478654/ What do you guys think? I'm gonna ride it mostly in the city, and I ...
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What can I do to be sure I'm getting a fair deal when buying a used bike?

I've been looking at used bikes but I'm worried that I will get taken advantage of because I don't know a lot about bikes. Are there key questions or things I should look for when shopping for a used ...
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What's the best way to fix up my used bike?

I bought a used bike on craigslist, for cheap, and while I wasn't expecting it to be great the brakes and changing gears don't work perfectly. The front brakes are very tight and the back ones are ...
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Where to buy a used bicycle in Germany? [closed]

I would like to buy a cheap bicycle in Germany. Is there any place to search for a used bicycle (like a market or an internet site)? I don't speak German so places where people might speak English are ...
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What should I look for when buying a used bicycle?

I'm moving to a city where I can ride a bicycle to the grocery store, coffee shop etc. I want to purchase a decent used bicycle. I'm leaning towards a bike that's in between a "10-speed" or road-bike ...