What to pay attention to when buying a used race bike? - the one with thin tires :) Thanks for advice guys! I ask because I am a beginner in bikes, but I would love a faster bike. Now I have a very slow mountain bike, and mostly use it to travel from town to town.
- There are lots of bikes with skinny tires that aren't necessarily racing bikes.
- As with any bike, new or used, you want to make sure the bike fits you. A bike that can be made to fit with new handlebars/stem/saddle might be worth it, but that's a decision you'll need to make.
- Has the bike been well-maintained? Is there rust or corrosion on the frame or parts? Is everything tight that should be tight? Do all the rotating parts turn smoothly?
- Has the bike been crashed? Is the paint basically intact? Is anything bent?
- Possibly harder to determine unless you're knowledgeable about bikes, but does the bike have parts that will be difficult to replace if/when that becomes necessary? Sometimes there are evolutionary dead-ends in bike technology (although I can't think of many in recent history).
- Most importantly, do you enjoy riding it? It's a good idea to test-ride as many bikes as you can to get an idea of what you like and dislike.
Even if the bike isn't perfect for you as-is, it may be close enough that with some replacement parts, it'll be a good bike for you. You'll need to decide how much extra you're willing to spend to bring it up to that level.