1. The most important thing about buying a new bike is to make sure it fits. The only way you'll know if the bike is right for you is to size up the bike and make sure that the bike's geometry matches your body's geometry. Ask questions and do some research.
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2. If possible, try to find a shop that will let you demo the bike on real dirt. Five minutes in a parking lot won't cut it. You wouldn't buy a car without a real world test drive, and a bike should be no different.
3. Don't belive the hype. Just because your favorite rider or best friend rides a certain bike, that doesn't mean that's the best one for you. Have an open mind and be realistic about your needs and ability.
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  1. #1
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    Buying used bike - need some assistance

    I'm looking to buy a used Trek Y-glide for ~$250. Stock. Supposedly in good condition.

    Questions:
    1. Is this a reasonable deal?
    2. How do I got about inspecting the bike for damage?
    3. It's a 16 nch frame. I have a 30 inch inseam. Is this frame about the right size?
    4. Anything else to worry about?

    Thanks,
    David

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    Is it the style of bike where the frame is "Y"-shaped. If so, they are kind of old and didn't have the best reputation as far as ride quality. But if it's in good shape, $250 is a pretty cheap entry fee to the sport.

    I have a 32" inseam and ride bikes with frames sizes around 18". So you are probably ok but check to be sure that when the seat is adjusted to your height that the minimum insertion mark on the seatpost is not visible. Ride it around some and make sure that you don't feel cramped or otherwise uncomfortable.

    You'll want the bike to be clean and then closely inspect the frame around all of the welds to be sure that nothing is cracked. Pay close attention to the areas where the rear shock mounts to the frame, the top of the seat tube near the seat post clamp, and also around the steerer tube (the part of the frame that the shock is mounted to). In addition to cracks, try to see if the steerer tube flares out at the ends - this could indicate that the tube is ovalized or stretched out and will keep your headset from staying in place properly - it's probably pretty hard to see this though.

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