Nuts and Bolts: Buying a Used Bike
Was your last bike stolen? Is your bike too nice to ride to work? Are you looking for a tastefully beat-up, low-profile city bike that will take you where you want to go? There are some things you should keep in mind when buying a used bike:
Never buy a bent frame.
The fewer speeds, the better. Go for the 1- or 3-speed clunkers.
A fixer-upper is a BAD IDEA. The money you end up spending on parts and labor could buy you a new bike.
For used bikes, try Erney's Bike Shop (212-689-5186), the Police Auction (212-406-1369), Mike the Bike Man at the Chelsea Flea Market (6th Ave and 26th St.) early on Sunday mornings or Recycle-a-Bicycle.