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For convenience here I've made some assumptions here about the type of bike you're buying, but since you don't say... If I were buying a second-hand bike, I would examine the following as soon as I got it: chain cassette tyres brake pads brake/gear cables (conceivable but unlikely) and if any of these showed sufficient wear I would change them. You can ...


How: The low tech way: Measuring tape Simply take it with you and measure five bikes that are comfy, and five that are not. Digital camera Ask someone take a picture of you sitting on the bike, then review the picture to analyse yourself the sitting positions, both those that feel comfortable, and those that feel uncomfortable. Geometry: Chainstay. ...

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