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The bikes are cosmetically in average to perfect condition
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The bike is covered by a 30 day warranty
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Where the Bikes come from
Given the bike theft rate in Montreal, it is legitimate for people who live in the city to be concerned about the origin of the used bikes sold by anyone. In the country area where I live, and in the nearby suburbs south-west of Montreal, almost everybody owns a bike to be used only on sunny Sundays. It`s part of the standard suburban fixture. In every home you see bikes hanging in the garage, stored in sheds, barns and elsewhere. Some hoarders have piles of bikes at the back of their barn! This fact being acknowledged, it`s surprising how few people are really using their bike for transport or leisure. You never see anyone riding a bike on suburbs and rural roads! After a few years people get older, the bike haven`t been used more than once or twice in the last 3 years. Sometimes it needs a minor tune up or it`s got a flat. So it doesn`t take much for the bike to be tossed in garbage, or put up for sale at a yard sale, to make room for something else. The result is that I find many used bikes and some of them are in like new condition under the layers of dust. Some bikes were probably not used more than 5 times in their whole life. Because a bike is cumbersome and occupies a lot of space, some people are so desperate to get ride of them that they donate it to me or to charity.
So it's rather easy to find any used bike outside Montreal, but nowadays we come across mostly cheap, low quality, heavy, kid's size mountain bikes originally purchased in retail chain stores like Canadian Tire and Wal-Mart. It's much harder to find good quality adult size bikes ! Tall men's road bikes and vintage city cruisers for women don't show at every yard sale. People who purchase a brand new adult size bike, after age 18, usually are more serious bike users, they pay from their own pocket, and intend to keep it for a long time. They won't give it away at a yard sale after 5 years like they do for their kid's bikes.
Here is a list of where I find used bikes:
So I actually have more bikes than I need and I`m becoming pickier with time. I even refuse free bikes if they are not worth the trouble and storage space. I would never buy a bike knowing it`s been stolen. This being said, when buying/selling a used product like a bike, car , furniture, or just about anything else, you always run the risk of ending up with previously stolen goods. I honestly can't guarantee without a doubt that none of the many bikes I deal in a year is a stolen bike. It happened once that I checked a suspicious bike that turned out to be stolen. I was able to contact the owner by contacting the store where it was purchased new. The owner was astonished that someone found her stolen bicycle and was going to bring it back !
Protecting yourself against bike theft
Are you shopping for a bike to commute everyday ? For you a bicycle is not a toy, it`s serious business, because you count on it to get to work or school and everywhere else. A new bike is too costly and risky because it will stay parked outside. You are ready to compromise on the look of a used bike, but it must be reliable, comfortable, safe and efficient. You want a warranty to be sure you won't loose time and money fixing a bike sold 'as is' elsewhere more..