Why Millions of Americans are Ditching Their Cars

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Today Americans a falling in love with bicycles all over again. Across the country there are bike cooperatives, several cities also have monthly large scale bicycle rides. Bicycles are having a big effect on transportation and health. Many people have forsaken their large cars, preferring to go green and bicycle back and forth from work. However, it can be hard to get started with bicycling. All one needs to do to be overwhelmed is to walk into a bike shop and see the myriad different bike sizes and styles. This does not even include the price. Even used bikes for sale, especially used hybrid bikes,can be costly for the novice bike owner. But it is not impossible to find inexpensive, yet high quality used bikes for sale, you just need to know what to look for and what questions to ask.

Where to Look For the Best Used Bikes

One of the good things about looking for used bikes is that it seems like no matter what season, some person near you is probably trying to sell one. If you are looking for the best deals it is usually during late fall and winter when people don?t feel like storing their bicycles. As for where to find the best deals there are several places you could start your search. In the days of yore, you would most likely open up your local newspaper and thumb your way to the classifieds section, but with the speed of today?s technology you can find used bikes for sale just by using your phone. There are several apps that you can use to find potential sellers, not to mention the bevy of online auction or classified sites. If you are an experienced bike buyer, then you might want to go to your local bike shop to see what they have on offer. Many times you can find good deals on high end models. As a word of warning, bicycles are a hot commodity when it comes to theft, no pun intended. It is important to make sure you are buying your used bike from a trustworthy source otherwise you might find yourself on the wrong end of a legal battle. Any time you buy a used bike ask the seller for a proof of purchase or at the least a bill of sale.

Make Sure that You Fit on the Bicycle

Much like a well-tailored suit or a good pair of jeans, it I very obvious when a person does not fit their bike frame. There are several reasons to make sure your bike frame fits you. The first being safety, if your bike is too large for you it will make it harder for you to stand up in the even that something dangerous happens while on the road. If your bike is too small it can be unsafe to pedal and give you less control. The second reason is comfort. If you have ever seen those pictures of clowns driving the small cars, imagine this on your daily commute, you will end up feeling awfully sore. The third reason is efficiency. In order for the machine to work the most effectively it the engine has to be mounted right. In this case the engine is you. If your car?s motor was mounted on the roof of the car it wouldn?t be able to give out enough power, likewise if you are perched to high up on your bicycle. The general rule of thumb is that the cross bar of the bicycle should be right at our slightly above your waist level and you should be able to sit on the seat and have the balls of your feet touch the ground. For more information on bicycle sizing consult a chart, many can be found with a simple internet search.

While several components and bike accessories on a used bike can and should be replaced, make sure to keep your eye out for major problems such as frame damage, bent sprockets and bent forks. Depending on how much you are paying for the bike, these can be costly expenses.

For more info on how to find good used bikes for sale, consult a local bike shop.

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