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A Checklist before Buying a Used Mountain Bike

December 23, 2011

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Before buying a used mountain bike, it is necessary to check some parts of your bike. Tires, brakes, wheels and handlebars are important among them.

Tires

Tires are the most essential parts of a bike. It bears all your body weight. So it is necessary to take the following precautions before buying:

  • Refer the instruction booklet provided by the bike manufacturer or check their website for correct pressure measurement.
  • Take a close look for any kind of wear and tear and for any rips that occur on the tire surface.

Wheel-Frame

Most of the repairs and modifications are usually done on the wheel frame. Hence you should take a few steps to ensure the safety of wheel-frame:

  • Take a close look and make sure that there are no dents and twists on the wheel.
  • Checking is compulsory if the bike has been used on rough terrains.
  • Spin the wheel promptly to assure that there is no unusual movement.

Handle Bar

In a bike, a handlebar is part of the steering mechanism and so you cannot take a risk with a handlebar that is misaligned.

  • Make sure that the handle bar is aligned correctly.
  • Elevation of the handle bar shouldn’t be too high or too low.
  • Make sure that the bolts and nets of the handle are tight.

Breaks

Breaks play an important role in avoiding accidents and control acceleration.

  • Since it is very critical for the rider’s safety, check the brakes regularly
  • Make sure that they are not worn-out.
  • Proper breaking gives rider a comfortable ride.

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