I’ll tell you what ain’t easy. Selling used bikes AIN’T EASY.
(decent 18″ mountain bike for $180 in Seattle)
An email to [is the price negotiable?], our third correspondence:
I am sure you are going to want the 18″ MTB. Bring $170 and bring your son’s bike for a free adjustment. If it needs maintenance, such as a part replaced, or pulled to get to an internal bearing, then it will cost; about 1/2 of what you pay in a bike shop, labor wise. I have a pile of parts that are helpful, too.
I am up to seven bikes right now, three of them projects, one in preservation hall as a bare frame… no trade ins for bikes like that one you described, sorry. You made a mistake buying a really cheap bike new, as they are the worst. This one [that you are considering buying] is a bike that is about $450 new, [$650 new, by today’s prices] and that is a HUGE difference. Even more huge difference when you triple that, and get a $1500 bike because that is about the level of quality you need to really enjoy riding and be very efficient. Anything more than that is just performance and getting lighter; going carbon.
You’ll appreciate a bike that is well tuned and higher quality to begin with. You can’t even keep a cheap bike in tune for long, they are made so poorly that they simply don’t work, and people hate to ride them.
I sometimes wonder if there is a conspiracy by those companies, making such shit bikes, to get people frustrated so they keep driving? Seriously!
The lesson is: You gotta spend a little more to get high quality or you’re buying JUNK which is called, cleverly: False Economy. by