USED BICYCLE CHECKLIST BUYING GUIDE
Frame-set: In aluminum frames, look for significant dents. These can act as failure points. Carefully check the lugs or welds where the frame is joined together. Welds should be even. Cracking of any kind is a show-stopper. So are bends at the dropouts (where the wheels attach to the frame). There should be no play in the front fork, in other words, no wiggling.
Saddle or Seat: There should be no play whatsoever. Verify that the seat post clamp is free of cracks or obvious distress.
Brakes: Check for worn or dried-out brake pads. Look for cracked or bent brake levers.
Drive-train: Wiggle the crank-set. Side-to-side play indicates worn bearings or an improperly adjusted bottom bracket. The same applies to pedals. If possible, spin the free-wheel or cassette and listen for the chatter of broken bearings. Lift the rear wheel and verify that shifting is crisp through all gears. You should be able to shift into the largest and smallest rear gear without the chain jamming or becoming un-shipped. On bicycles with rear derailleurs, inspect the rear brake hanger for bends or cracking.
Wheels: As with the crank-set, side-to-side play in a bicycle wheel indicates poorly maintained hubs. Squeeze the spokes with your fingers. The tension should feel equal across the entire wheel. Loose spokes indicate serious problems.
Tires: Are they well inflated? Are they bald? Are the sidewalls cracked and perished? Tires should be inflated hard – they should barely give when you squeeze them. Tires should hold the rated sidewall pressure.Chain: If the chain is rusty, look for areas around the chain that may be cracked or worn down.
Bike Sizing Chart
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Rider Height/Frame Size
Rider Height Leg Inseam Suggested Frame Size
Feet/Inches Centimeters Inches Centimeters Inches Centimeters Size
4`10”-5`1” 148-158 cm 24-29” 61-73 cm 14” 47-49 cm XS
5`1″-5`5″ 158-168 cm 25-30” 63-76 cm 15” 50-52 cm S
5`5″-5`9″ 168-178 cm 26-31” 66-78 cm 16” 53-54 cm M
5`9″-6`0″ 178-185 cm 27`-32` 68-81 cm 17″ 55-57 cm L
6`0″-6`3″ 185-193 cm 28`-33` 71-83 cm 18″ 58-61 cm XL
6`1″-6`6″ 193-198 cm 29`-34` 73-86 cm 19″ 61-63 cm XXL
Hybrid Bikes also known as City Bikes
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Take off your shoes and stand with your legs about 15-20 cm(6” – 8”) apart.Measure the height from the ground to your crotch.
Be sure of the type of bicycle you want: Mountain bike, city bike or road bike. You can read about the different bike types from here.
Now you can take your calculator and calculate the right size:
[Leg Inseam method]
City bike – Leg inseam (cm) x 0,685 = Your frame size
Mountain bike – Leg inseam (cm) x 0,66 = Your frame size
Road bike – Leg inseam (cm) x 0,70 = Your frame size
(If your leg inseam is 76cm, then your right mountain bike size is 50 cm (20”), road bike 53cm and city bike 52cm)