Buying a second hand bike can be a great way to save money and still get a quality ride. It's good for the earth as you would be doing your part to reduce waste. However, it's important to know WHAT to look out for in order to ensure that you get a good deal for a bike that is in good condition. In this article, we'll explore the key factors to consider when buying a second hand bike. This will ensure that you always get good value for money while doing your part for the environent!

Research the used bicycle market

Research the market before you start shopping for a second hand bike. It's important to do your research to get an idea of what's available and what prices are reasonable. Take note that there may be some fluctutation in prices as a result of the condition of each particular example of a bike and variations in model. That said, this should not stop you from looking for bikes that are similar to the one you're interested in and see what they are selling for. This can give you a good baseline for what you should expect to pay.

Check the Bike's Condition

When shopping for a second-hand bike, it's important to carefully inspect the bike to ensure that it is in good condition. In particular, you should be on the look out for:

  • Rust: Rust can indicate a bike that has not been well-maintained or has been left out in the rain. This usually leads to problems with the frame or other components. So be wary of bikes with significant rust unless you are willing to swap out components (if you need assistance, we offer repair services that includes changing parts on bicycles).
  • Wear and tear: Look for signs of wear and tear on the bike. This includes scratches, dents, or worn-out components. While some wear and tear is to be expected with a second hand bike and not may be a deal killer, excessive wear may indicate a bike that has not been well taken care of and could significantly increase the amount of repair works needed to get the bike fully functioning. In particular, you would want to make sure that the bike shifts and brakes well and that the wheels are not warped.
  • Components: Check the condition of the bike's components, such as the brakes, gears, and tires. Make sure they are in good working order and not worn out unless you are willing to replace them.
  • Test ride: If possible, take the bike for a test ride to get a feel for how it handles and make sure everything is in good working order. This is the best way to ensure that not only that the bike works well, but that it also fits you well.

Consider the Bike's Age and History

It's always important to consider its age and history. A bike that is older may have more wear and tear, and may require more maintenance. That said, the often not talked about bonus point is that the bike probably has a nice story to tell. It's also a good idea to ask the seller about the bike's history and how it has been used and maintained. This usually will give you a better idea of the bike's condition and what to expect in terms of future maintenance.

Consider getting a professional Inspection or buying from a local bike shop

If you're not confident in your ability to assess the condition of a second hand bike, consider getting a professional inspection. You could drop us a whatsapp if you would like us to inspect the bike that you are thinking of purchasing for a nominal fee. This can be especially helpful if you're considering a more expensive bike or if you're not familiar with the different components and how they should look and function. An experienced bike mechanic can give you a thorough evaluation of the bike's condition and let you know if there are any issues that need to be addressed and how much it would cost.

Alternatively, you may consider buying from a local bike shop. Here at Unspokin Singapore, we offer a warranty on used bikes that we refurbished. That way, you can always have peace of mind knowing that your bike you purchased will work well for a long time to come.

Be Wary of Scams

Unfortunately, there are scammers out there who may try to sell you a bike that is not in good condition. Theymay also attempt to sell you a bike that isn't what they claim it to be. To avoid falling victim to a scam, be extra wary of deals that seem too good to be true. If it is too good to be true, it probably is. Do your research and due diligence to make sure the seller is reputable. It's also a good idea to only buy from a seller who is willing to meet in person and allow you to inspect the bike and test ride it before making a purchase.

Negotiate the Price When buying from indiivudals

Buying a second hand bike, it's important to remember that the price is negotiable. Don't be afraid to haggle a little with the seller to try to get a better deal. This is especially if you have noticed any issues with the bike's condition. However, always be reasonable and don't lowball the seller. Think of when you've tried to sell something and you got lowballed. It doesn't feel great does it? Unfortunately, our prices for project upcycle bikes are firm as they come with a warranty and are sold as refurbished.

Get a Receipt and Documentation

When buying a second hand bike, make sure to get a receipt or some other form of documentation for the purchase. This will serve as proof of ownership and is helpful if you have any issues with it in the future. If the seller is unable or unwilling to provide a receipt, it may be a red flag and you might want to to reconsider the purchase.


Buying a second hand bike can be a great way to save money and get a quality ride. However, it's important to know what to look out for! This will ensure that you get a good deal and a bike that is in good condition. Do your research, carefully inspect the bike, consider its age and history, and be wary of scams. With a little bit of due diligence, you can find a great second hand bike that will serve you well for many rides to come. And if you need advice, always feel free to reach out to us.

    December 28, 2022 — Victor Tong