Used Triathlon Bikes: 6 Things to Check Before Buying

– About buying any used
triathlon or road bike. Do that before you do anything. I just realized something on
that trip to the camera store. Hola, trainerinos. One of the more common
questions that I get asked is I am thinking about buying
a used dot dot dot bike. I’ve got a deal on a
used dot dot dot bike. What do you think about
the dot dot dot bike? Well, here are gonna be some principles that you can use about buying any used triathlon or road bike, all right? Listen up, write it down, I don’t wanna have to repeat myself. Let’s talk about getting
sized up on a bike. Often people will ask
me, I am five foot nine, and I have a 32 inch inseam. Not me, I’m midget size, actually. What size bike should I get? Well, you know what, I
can’t really tell you. You need a bike shop for that, and what I would recommend doing is, kind of a shitty thing to do, but if you patronize a local
bike shop regularly and spend a fair bit of dough in there, in other things they might be a little more willing to help size you up. So if they know that you’re gonna be coming in, you’re gonna be buying all the accessories,
you’re gonna be buying all the parts, all the things to maintain the bike, go into your local bike shop and get sized up and ask them what size
bike you should be on. Do that before you do anything. One of the biggest determinants about, are you in a good price point at a bike that is going to last quite a while and hold its value for a
while, are the components. Probably the most common set of components that you’re gonna be looking
at are Shimano 105’s. That’s what’s on this bike
here, however this bike is a 2016 model. Shimano 105 in the 2016
2017 model is basically old Altegra from 2014, my old bikes, because as bikes continue
to go on in years, what happens is the trickle
down effect of the nicer models of components ends up coming down into the entry level models. Now let’s say that you
are buying a used bike, it’s gonna be a few years old,
so you want a better level of components than the
entry level of today. So what I would recommend
is if it’s Shimano, you want Shimano Altegra
or Shimano Durace, if it’s Schramm, you want
Schramm Red or Schramm Force. Shimano 105 or Schramm,
I think it’s eight packs from several years ago,
those are really entry level components that aren’t
gonna hold up and stand the test of time after
three, four years of riding, so you’re gonna be getting
a level of component that has probably had
the piss ridden out of it and you don’t know if
it’s gonna last very long. In addition to that, it’s
not gonna hold its value. Next thing is the frame
itself, if you aren’t getting a brand new bike, hopefully you can afford an all carbon bike. An all carbon bike is
gonna be the lightest, typically more aerodynamic
because you can design things like this big long aerodynamic headset and curved like teardrop shaped seat post, down tubes, and things like
that all over the bike. So ideally you want to
be getting a carbon bike. Carbon is very tough, however
if there’s a crack in it, if there’s a chip in it,
if there’s a dent in it, like if there’s a knock
out of the frame anywhere, that’s gonna be a weak point and it’s gonna be very dangerous,
so you want to look over the entire frame for
any cracks, any chips, any dents, any major scuffs. You can also go through the whole thing, and you want it to sound very solid, if you start hearing places
that it sounds like something’s busted, and you’ll know
it when you hear it, you’re not gonna want
to pick up that bike, because odds are it’s
got a flaw in the frame. Next thing you want to
look at to make sure you’re not gonna have a
complete disaster with the bike is look at all the bolts
and screws on the bike. If there are areas that
you have stripped bolts, stripped screws, that’s a
sign that you’re gonna have a big problem on your hands
and you might have to take it into a bike shop, and you’re
not gonna be able to work on it yourself. Similarly to that, you’re
gonna want to check the seat post, make sure that it can go up and down and that it hasn’t been
rusted into one spot. And you want to ask the
owner about indoor training. If they’ve been on an
indoor trainer quite a bit, you kind of want to feel them out and ask if they’ve put a towel
over top of the headset like you see me doing often,
on the indoor trainer. Because if they haven’t,
they’ve probably sweated into the headset, and you can’t
see from the outside, but that’s probably caused
a fair bit of corrosion on the inside and you could have a big problem on your hands. The headset might be
seized up, and I’ve heard as much as having to throw away a bike because people have
sweated into the headset of their bike. Rough, eh? And then finally you
want to spin the wheels and look at it head on,
and watch for trueness. If there’s any sort of
wobble back and forth, you’ve got yourself a set
of wheels that are untrue. If it’s an aluminum rim, it’ll
be fairly easy to true up, but if it’s a deep section rim at all, you’re gonna be in trouble son. And then lastly you might think that I might tell you to look at the chain, or the cassette, and see what
kind of condition that’s in, or where the brake pads are, but frankly, those are like changing
the oil in your car. You’re gonna have to do
it, if you buy a used car you’re still gonna have to change the oil. Those are things that
you just cycle through on a year or biyearly basis. So even if the cassette
is worn down, if the chain has a lot of stretch, if the
brake pads are worn down, whatever, what I’m looking
for with all of these tips is to get you in a position
that you’re getting a bike that’s gonna be easy to work on, you’re not gonna have any major
costs after buying the bike, and it’s gonna hold up and
hold its value after you buy it and decide that you want
something shinier and newer two years down the road,
because let’s face it, new bike day, best day. Fortunately today had nothing
to do with new bike day, it had everything to do with long run day, and it knocked the piss out of me. Body’s retaliating, trainiacs. Does not like me now. (pop music) No cameras, please. (pop music) Well Sony, your time has come
to an end with this channel. I mentioned this to you
before, well a while ago, that we got this big telephoto
Sony RX10 mark three. Well it was awesome for
beautiful slow motion, long video footage from like a mile away. But the battery life sucked,
and anything but perfect bright lighting conditions sucked. And then lately I’ve been
trying this Sony RX100 Mark 5, which is like the go-to vlogging
camera for tons and tons of vloggers out there,
however I don’t think many of those vloggers live in Winnepeg, they’re only like New York or California, or they travel all around the world where they actually have an
outdoors that they can go to year round, well outdoors,
again, the Sony RX100, you don’t have a stop
sign, no, you absolutely don’t have a stop sign. RX100 Mark 5, as soon as you
take it inside, same thing because it’s just got this
wee little one inch sensor. As much as I keep trying
to outsmart myself by changing different
cameras, the old trusty GH4, it’s what works. I’m gonna bring this back. I just realized something on
that trip to the camera store. You know how I recommend
that you patronize your local bike shop and develop a
good relationship with them, because there’s gonna be that
one time out of ten visits that you really need a favor,
and if you haven’t patronized your local bike shop because
you’ve ordered everything online, and then you show
up and you’re like hey, can you help me out,
they’d be like piss off. Same thing at the camera store. I’ve got to start ordering more things at the camera store, like
this, this is a thing that you go basically
underneath your chin here, there’s a little clip, and
then you take that clip and you clip the camera into my backpack. Living in the future here, folks.