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BUYING LOCAL AND ON-LINE

BUYING ON-LINE

RISKS:  BICYCLE FIT

RISKS:  SCAMMING

RISKS:  SHIPPING DAMAGE

RISKS: BAD COMMUNICATION

BUYING: PAYMENT OPTIONS

 

BUYING  A VINTAGE ROAD BIKE ON-LINE

There are all kinds of opportunities, for buying a vintage road bicycle, on the Internet, and I do mean all kinds.  You can even buy a vintage road bicycle, frame set or component grouppo from me.

I have purchased, or acquired, vintage road bicycles through three On-Line sources; Ebay, Buy/Sell and a personal transaction, or two, that made me really anxious.  Why did some situation cause anxiety, while the others didn’t?  Risk Factors!

My Miele LTD, acquired through Ebay, was the first bicycle that I purchased on-line.  At the time, I had no idea that there were a host of questions, I should have asked, before spending several hundred dollars, on a bicycle that I had never even had a good look at.  And, I paid the price for my ignorance.  So have a great many other people who, for lack of a better description, simply didn't have a clue about what they were doing.  That said, in my ignorance, my only concern was when would the Miele arrive.  Boy was I in for a surprise.

Long had I searched for a CCM Tour du Canada.  A friend, on the west coast of Canada, finally found one for me.  I sent several hundred dollars away to the CCM owner.  There were no protection policies, built into the purchase.  No guarantees, that the bicycle would ever find its way, to my house.  Just a trusting fool (me) who had more money, than brains, at the time.  Needless to say, the anxiety meter was running at full tilt, as the CCM made its way from Vancouver Island, to my home in Thunder Bay.  At least, I was hoping that the bicycle was on its way.

A similar situation developed when I agreed to trade a late forties Rochet for a mid seventies Marinoni.  I shipped the Rochet away, and trusted that I had not just given it away.  Time passed and, finally, the Marinoni arrived, though it did not look the way it did, in the pictures that had been sent to me.  Pictures, I poured over when contemplating the trade.  The Marinoni, however, turned out to be a wonderful surprise, changed out components and all.  But, there was a moment or two of disappointment, when I unboxed the bicycle.

There are all kinds of risks, associated with buying a bicycle on-line, virtually unseen.  Not many people would plunk down one, two, or more, hundred dollar bills, for a bicycle that they could not inspect in person.  Most bicycle buyers like to see, and test the weight of, a road bicycle, before paying the price.  Most like to actually test ride the bicycle, to ensure that it fits and feels right.  But buying on-line means no close inspection.  No testing of weight.  And, certainly no test ride.

When the purchased bicycle finally arrives, there is little opportunity to return it, in case the bicycle is less than it was expected to be.  Even if returns are acceptable, shipping costs are usually non-refundable.  Would you spend a bunch of money, and take a pretty big chance that your expectations would be met, or not met?  I certainly wouldn’t, but I did.  And, so do hundreds of others, every day.  Before going out and buying on-line, prepare yourself to do so, by first understanding some of the risks involved.

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