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  1. What is a reconditioned bicycle?
  2. You're selling a bike for $85.00.  I saw the same one at a rummage sale for $20.00.  Why should I give you more money?
  3. Why don't all of your bicycles have new tires and tubes on them?
  4. How much do you sell new tires and tubes for?
  5. Do you offer a warranty with your bicycles?
  6. Will you customize a bicycles to my specifications?
  7. How are your prices determined?
  8. How do you recommend that I care for my bicycle?

 


What is a reconditioned bicycle?

A reconditioned bicycle is a used bicycle that has been repaired and tuned up to function properly. A good reconditioned bicycle can sometimes function as well, or even better than the bicycle did when it was new. A reconditioned bicycle works properly, but it is not restored to its original condition - unless otherwise noted. Parts may be replaced/repaired or changed.

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You're selling a bike for $85.00.  I saw the same bike at a rummage sale for $20.00.  Why should I give you more money?

I sell reconditioned bicycles. If you take your $20.00 rummage sale bicycle to a retail bicycle shop, you will pay a minimum of $150.00 for a complete overhaul. You could spend that much or more on replacement parts. By the time you’re done, your $20.00 rummage sale bicycle will have cost well over $200.00. My $85.00 bike has already been overhauled and repaired.

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Why don't all of your bicycles have new tires and tubes on them?

I recommend purchasing new tires and tubes with all bicycles. I normally do not include them because of the cost. You could easily spend over one hundred dollars on new tires and tubes. I am trying to keep the cost down. The used tires will survive a test ride. I cannot promise much more than that. I do sell inexpensive generic tires and tubes. There is no charge for installation of tires and tubes if you purchase a bicycle

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How much do you sell new tires and tubes for?

            27 x 1 ¼ tires starting at $10.00 each

            26 x 1 3/8 starting at $10.00 each

Other sizes are available at varying prices

            Tubes start at $5.00 each

 

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Do you offer a warranty for your bicycles?

No. They are used bicycles and I do not represent the manufacture. However, if you have a problem or need an adjustment, I will be happy to try and rectify the problem.
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Will you customize a bicycles to my specifications?

Yes. I can order any parts you may want and can set up a bicycle to your specifications. Prices vary depending on the parts and services you are requesting. Contact me for more information.

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How are your prices determined?

Prices are based on several factors: How much I paid for the bicycle originally, the condition of the frame and paint, the costs of the parts used to recondition it, how much time was spend working on it, and also the fair market value of the bicycle. Quite simply, in most cases, the better the bicycle and the better shape it is in, the more it will cost. Lower end bicycles will generally not be in as good of shape for the reason that I would have to spend more money repairing them than I would able to sell them for.
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How do your recommend that I care for my bicycle?
I cannot emphasize how important it is to keep your bicycle clean. People often bring me bicycles to tune or modify and I can barely see the bicycle behind all of the dirt and built-up grease. WASH YOUR BICYCLE! Then lube or oil all moving parts. The chain should be oiled with a special chain lube and then wiped dry. You want the lubrication between the links, not on the links so they pick up dirt. A properly lubed chain should almost feel dry to the touch.

Brake and derailleur pivots points should be oiled. Cables should be lightly lubed with a thin grease or oil. Make sure you grease the seat post. A stuck seat post is no fun.

When you clean, do not spray water into the bottom bracket, wheel hubs, or headset. Doing so could wash away the grease on the bearings. For more information on how to clean your bicycle, please click on the link below for advice from Bicycling Magazine.

How to Wash a Bike.

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