So you are looking to get into cycling and want to purchase a second-hand carbon bike? Thing is you are not sure where to start or what to look for. Chances are even the owner of cycles you are interested in, may not be aware of some structural problems with the bicycle they are looking to sell. Here are some of they key things you need to be aware of before purchasing a 2nd hand or used frame:

  1. Seat Mast Fractures  – These are usually caused by over tightening of the seat clamp but can be caused by a variety of things. This is easily missed when inspecting a 2nd hand frame and always worth a look to make sure the bike is safe for use.
  2. Cable Rub – Check for any evidence of chafing under all cables and brake lines. Usually caused by cables not having the correct length(too short). Cable rub will get worse over time if not attended to, but is easily repairable and avoidable – worth spending the extra few seconds to scan these areas of the frame.
  3. Bottom Bracket – Check that there is no cracking of paint or carbon around the BB and make sure the BB is not loose in the frame.
  4. Damaged Dropouts – Look for any damage (abrasion or fractures) and that the wheel is correctly aligned in the frame.
  5. Seat Post – Ensure that the seat post is not seized into the frame, seat post should come out smoothly and easily.

We often see new owners bringing their bikes in for an overall inspection to make sure they’ve made the right purchase! These are some of the first items we inspect and often find repairs are needed. All the items listed above are, in most cases, safe to repair and can be restored to look new again but its always worth taking the extra time to know what you are getting yourself into before going ahead with the purchase!

Keep safe out there and lets get you on the road, you’ll never look back.