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Old August 2nd 03, 07:14 AM
Chris Neary
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Default Buying bikes on Ebay

- Are they overpriced? I hate to get caught up in a bidding competition.

- On the other hand, I've seen some great bikes go for relatively low
prices.



I've never bought a bike, but I have bought other stuff.

I think you're on to a key point: research what stuff is going for, decide
if that seems a fair price, and then stick to that price range in your
bidding.

If the bidding goes higher than your price, move on to the next auction.
Odds are you will eventually win one.


Chris Neary


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you ask of life? Bicycling combined all the elements I
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Old August 2nd 03, 07:50 AM
Mike Jacoubowsky
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If you're not buying your first road bike, and have the fit all figured out,
eBay could be a decent way to snag a bike. However, I've seen a lot of
bikes on eBay go for a lot more than they're worth, including at least one
bike from a good customer of ours that had been pretty much ridden into the
ground and yet fetched quite a bit of money.

Fit is key. If you can find a good shop that pays a lot of attention to
getting you properly fit, that may very well be a worthwhile expense, and
something you should factor into the price. You also have the benefit of a
local place that maintains a sense of ownership in your bike, in the event
that something isn't quite right. But if you've already had road bikes,
know what fits you and have no issues working on your own bike, then you
just may find that perfect bike out there being discarded by someone who
didn't really have the bike bug.

--Mike-- Chain Reaction Bicycles
http://www.ChainReactionBicycles.com


"Jeff Sutton" wrote in message
news:[email protected]
I'm in the market for a road bike, but I don't really want to spring for

the
full-price, shop-floor model. I never buy a new car, and for the same
reasons don't really want to buy a new bike.

What are the ups and downs of buying a bike on EBAY? Things that worry me:

- Are they overpriced? I hate to get caught up in a bidding competition.

- Do you worry about perhaps buying a stolen bike?

- I always figured the really good deals would be bought up by locals who
could actually examine the bike.

- My main problem with EBAY is a variation of Groucho's complaint: "If I
win the bid, it's probably not a good deal"

- On the other hand, I've seen some great bikes go for relatively low
prices.

Any comments? Experiences of those who purchased a bike on EBAY?


Thanks!




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Old August 2nd 03, 02:05 PM
Fred
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"Mike Jacoubowsky" wrote in message
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If you're not buying your first road bike, and have the fit all figured

out,
eBay could be a decent way to snag a bike. However, I've seen a lot of
bikes on eBay go for a lot more than they're worth, including at least one
bike from a good customer of ours that had been pretty much ridden into

the
ground and yet fetched quite a bit of money.

Fit is key. If you can find a good shop that pays a lot of attention to
getting you properly fit, that may very well be a worthwhile expense, and
something you should factor into the price. You also have the benefit of

a
local place that maintains a sense of ownership in your bike, in the event
that something isn't quite right. But if you've already had road bikes,
know what fits you and have no issues working on your own bike, then you
just may find that perfect bike out there being discarded by someone who
didn't really have the bike bug.

--Mike-- Chain Reaction Bicycles
http://www.ChainReactionBicycles.com

I disagree that prices on Ebay are high. At the moment they are quite low.
I do agree that it makes sense to buy a first bike, at least, from a dealer
who can fit you and match the equipment to your needs. If you know what you
need and what fits then there are some incredible bargains on Ebay.

Fred
Knife Outlet
http://www.knifeoutlet.com


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Old August 2nd 03, 02:54 PM
Robin
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Jeff Sutton wrote:
I'm in the market for a road bike, but I don't really want to spring
for the full-price, shop-floor model. I never buy a new car, and for
the same reasons don't really want to buy a new bike.

What are the ups and downs of buying a bike on EBAY? Things that
worry me:

- Are they overpriced? I hate to get caught up in a bidding
competition.

- Do you worry about perhaps buying a stolen bike?

- I always figured the really good deals would be bought up by locals
who could actually examine the bike.

- My main problem with EBAY is a variation of Groucho's complaint:
"If I win the bid, it's probably not a good deal"

- On the other hand, I've seen some great bikes go for relatively low
prices.

Any comments? Experiences of those who purchased a bike on EBAY?


Thanks!


Try looking for discounts on last years models etc. That way you can get a
good bike and be fitted.

Robin


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Old August 2nd 03, 05:37 PM
Tom S
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Default Buying bikes on Ebay

The '03 model year is over and several local shops have '03s they want to
move to get ready for the '04 models. I wouldn't be surprised if some of
your LBS were doing the same thing. Also, take a look at used bikes in the
shops; my LBS found me a great deal on a basically new (but used pricing)
Trek 2300. I'm happy, the seller was happy, the shop was happy.

--
Tom Scanlin



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Old August 2nd 03, 07:45 PM
John
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I recently bought a Trek 2200 off Ebay. The bike was brand new.
Things you need to know:

Make sure of the model you want to buy and that you are comfortable
with the fit (this will require you go to a LBS.)

Make sure you know what condition you are getting the bike in. What
assembly is required? Has the bike already been set up and adjusted
(shifting, brakes, etc.)

What are the return policies?

The bike I bought was fine except it required more assembly than the
seller indicated. The shifting points had not been adjusted. There
was some lubrication that was not done which resulted in an awful
creaking. No manuals were included with the bike.

The bike had about a $200 discount off retail. However, I had to take
it to a LBS for setup and this added around $50. Unless you are
getting a VERY deep discount the advantages of buying at the LBS
outweigh the uncertainties of buying off the internet.


"Jeff Sutton" wrote in message news:[email protected]
I'm in the market for a road bike, but I don't really want to spring for the
full-price, shop-floor model. I never buy a new car, and for the same
reasons don't really want to buy a new bike.

What are the ups and downs of buying a bike on EBAY? Things that worry me:

- Are they overpriced? I hate to get caught up in a bidding competition.

- Do you worry about perhaps buying a stolen bike?

- I always figured the really good deals would be bought up by locals who
could actually examine the bike.

- My main problem with EBAY is a variation of Groucho's complaint: "If I
win the bid, it's probably not a good deal"

- On the other hand, I've seen some great bikes go for relatively low
prices.

Any comments? Experiences of those who purchased a bike on EBAY?


Thanks!

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Old August 2nd 03, 11:14 PM
MikeYankee
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Default Buying bikes on Ebay

You must trust the seller not only to describe the bike fairly and accurately
but also to pack it securely for shipment.

Case in point: Last year I bought an older racing bike in poor cosmetic
condition that I wanted only for the frame. I got it for only $30, plus $45
packing & shipping to be handled by the seller's LBS. I think all the LBS did
was give the guy a used bike box. The seller said the frame was true and
corrosion-free, which was proved to be correct, but he was downright careless
in packing it. When UPS delivered it, the fork ends were protruding through
the cardboard bike box; inside, the downtube paint was gouged by the rear
wheel's cassette. Fortunately the only damage was cosmetic and I was
repainting the frame anyway. I was very lucky the fork ends, in particular,
were not trashed. I complained to the seller, who responsibly refunded me half
of what I'd spent.

The story has a happy ending in that once I built the bike up (with wheels and
components I already had) it proved to be a joy to ride -- stiff, light, fast,
and fits me like a glove. But it could have turned out worse.

This said, I might indeed by another bike on Ebay -- if and only if a reputable
LBS packed and shipped it.



Mike Yankee

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Old August 3rd 03, 12:41 AM
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"Jeff Sutton" wrote:

I'm in the market for a road bike, but I don't really want to spring for

the
full-price, shop-floor model. I never buy a new car, and for the same
reasons don't really want to buy a new bike.

What are the ups and downs of buying a bike on EBAY? Things that worry me:


It's not clear from your post how knowlegeable you are about bikes, bike
fit, and mechanics.

When buying on eBay you should must know exactly what you want, and what is
being offered. Furthermore, you should be prepared to do some work like
replacing a stem, or making various adjustments as necessary.

If the seller is knowlegeable and trustworthy (as evidenced by numerous
positive feedbacks), you MAY get a good deal. Even then, packing and
shipping costs on a complete bike can be high. And bid prices for some bikes
can get out of control.

I got a good deal on a frame on eBay, and got exactly what I bargained for.

For a complete bike (especially a used one), I think I'd like to see it in
person. The seller may not be aware of things like poorly built wheels, etc.

If you go the eBay route, ask the seller detailed questions, and check the
photos. If you have doubts, don't bid.

Buying a used bike locally might be a better choice.

Art Harris




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Old August 3rd 03, 01:47 AM
Jkpoulos7
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Default Buying bikes on Ebay

Are you saying he should waste the LBS's time before buying the same bike on
eBay?


I did it when I considered buying a Fuji from bikesdirect.com. Why should the
LBS charge $1400 for a bike that can be shipped to me free for $900?
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Old August 3rd 03, 02:25 AM
John
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"Harris" wrote in message .net...
"John" wrote:
Make sure of the model you want to buy and that you are comfortable
with the fit (this will require you go to a LBS.)


Are you saying he should waste the LBS's time before buying the same bike on
eBay?

Art Harris


No, obviously he should just order blindly off Ebay without taking
into account sizing, style, and manufacturing quality.

The bike will undoubtedly need accessories and regular service.
There's plenty of ways for the LBS to make back it's money for the
time "wasted" letting someone sit on a bike.

Of course if you want to buy the 1st bike you like without shopping
around, that's your perogative.
 




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