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How Safe is Your Second Hand Bike?

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Vancouver police are holding a recovered goods auction this weekend.

The sale is a real goldmine for bargain hunters.

Particularly those who like to get around on two wheels.

This year more than 400 bicycles will be up for grabs. Many of them high-end models that have been stolen and never reunited with their owners.

These used bikes often seem like a real bargain.

You can usually buy them for a fraction of what you’d pay for a new model.

They feel like a steal.

That is until your brake cables snap when you’re hurtling towards a car at 30mph.

You see, unlike new store-bought bikes, riders have no way of knowing if their second hand cycle is a bargain or an accident waiting to happen.

That’s why it’s vital that you get your second hand bike checked out before you hit the road.

After all would you rather find out if you bike is safe before you hurtle down that hill at full speed?

Here are some KEY bike safety questions:

 Brakes - Are your brakes in good working order? Check the cables and the pads to make sure your bike is safe to ride;

  • Wheels/Tires - Make sure your wheels aren’t damaged, that all of the spokes are accounted for and that the wear and tear on the rubber is minimal.
  • Gears & Chains - Check your chain to make sure there aren’t any bad links and try cycling through the gears to make sure they work properly.
  • The Frame - Minor scrapes and scratches aren’t anything to worry about, but keep an eye out for serious rust, cracks and sizeable dents.

If you’re not sure what you’re looking for then it’s a good idea to take your bike into a professional shop, where an expert can give it a once over to make sure it’s roadworthy.

So, if you’re planning to do some bike shopping at the Police Auction this Saturday.  Or if you’re in the market for a second hand bike. Make sure you get it checked out before you take to the streets.

Otherwise you could end up getting more than you bargained for.

For more information on buying a secondhand bike safely check out our video. Or get in touch with me here in the office.

I’d be happy to help.

Jeff Witten

Category: Bicycle Accidents

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