I am a noob asking noob questions about bikes. I already read the stickies and the recent thread in this forum, but if I still end up asking things that have been beaten to death, resurrected, and beaten to death again, please forgive me.
With that said… my questions are:
1. If I want to buy a beginner bike from a private seller, how do I know if it’s well-maintained and accident free? Is there any shop or mechanic that I can bring the bike to and have them inspect it for a fee?
2. Is it a good idea to buy a used beginner bike from a dealer? Would the mark-up be a lot higher comparing to private sellers?
3. Do bike owners usually perform services themselves? If I bring the bike to a shop or dealer for them to perform services, would it be too costly (especially for a used beginner bike)?