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    I am the Tin Man!
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    How do I protect my bike?

    I have a bike up for sale on craigslist, I live near Hawes and advertised that I would meet there to let someone try it out if interested. Now I am thinking that may be a great way to watch my bike ride off and never be seen again. Is there a way to protect myself and still give someone the benefit of the doubt or should I just insist on cash in hand before anyone touches my baby?
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    Keep their ID.

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    Or take a sniper rifle to the meet and have it laying across the hood of your truck.

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    Bring a bike for yourself so you can ride with them.

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    you don't need to give someone a test ride on dirt - its a used bike they should know what they are getting. I avoid traveling for a sale, as it puts the buyer in a more advantageous position if you've expended that effort. I use either my office or the grocery store parking lot around the corner - both public and safe for both parties. See the car they drive up in, get their ID and a credit card. bring a camera jic. if things seem wrong, walk away from the deal.
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    I've snapped photos quietly of people and their plates JIC.

    The last couple I've sold (wife just not into biking) have come as a couple - so - one person was there and one tested.

    That and a PPK fits nicely in my pocket.

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    you need help? You can borrow my rifle

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    Quote Originally Posted by hatedg
    you need help? You can borrow my rifle

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    Thanks, I have a pretty big arsenal myself. You can be my spotter though.
    Flyin the TallBoy and the Lynskey...Clyde style.


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    Let the air out of a tire, "I saw it was flat before I left so I brought another tube that you can toss in, my apologies." Costs you like $3 but w/e. Id rather spend a tiny bit of money myself on a deal than watch my bike riding off. Done it a few times now, works like a charm.
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    That or take their keys for their car...I always did that if a prospect buyer for my dirtbikes wanted to take a ride...

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    Ask for their car keys, wallet and credit cards while they test ride. Let them pull all the cash out of the wallet first before giving it to you. There should be enough cash there to pay for the bike. If there isn't, there's your sign.

    If things seem hinky, walk away.

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    Hmmm, i get a bike and you get my car.
    Reverse scam if I've ever heard of one.

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    Go For It

    Just let him test it out. If he rips you off, you will learn from your mistake, and know how to handle it next time.

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    Just as Chollaball said, it is not necessary to offer an "off road" test ride. I have bought and sold bikes recently on CL with no issues. As others have said, if it doesn't feel right don't set up the meeting and I am sure there are exceptions but I have found it has to do with the price point of the merchandise what type of buyers you attract.

    My most recent purchase was actually for a new rider that wanted a full squish Trek he had found on CL. I gave the bike a detailed look over first and then I asked the seller if I could ride it right in front of him in front of his house so I could shift it and check brakes etc. He had no problem with it and about a week later I had someone come to purchase my HT 29er that followed the exact same protocol. I'm sure it's not fool proof but I have had good luck with the gut feeling I get during the initial communication, how they dress and what they are driving and just there over all appearance. I know it's stereotyping but after all you have to protect your investment and your personal safety first. Don't put yourself "in check" by offering any more than you have to in order to capture the sale.
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