Buying a secondhand bike can be risky if you don’t know the person you’re buying from. The Better By Bike website has some good advice on choosing a bike, including a list of shops who refurbish and sell secondhand bikes. We’ve also got a list of bike shops.
Buying from a shop is a better guarantee that the bike has not been stolen, though it’s always worth asking if they have original receipts and have checked with the police register. It’s a good idea to check the frame number of any second hand bike you’re considering on both Bike Register – Check a bike and on Stolen Bikes UK – checkthatbike.co.uk. Both sites are full of sad reports of those who’ve had their pride and joy nicked.