So in a few weeks I'll be buying my very first bike after completing the PRS course which begins on April 23!
My question to you experienced riders is what things should I look at when purchasing a used bike? For example, are there specific areas that I should pay special attention to (i.e chain)? Any easy ways to assess if the bike has been well maintained and taken care of? In terms of ICBC checks, I guess a regular background report is fine? Is there ay other "reports" that I can obtain regarding the bikes history? Is bringing the bike to a shop for an inspection a common thing? I know when people purchase used cars, it's always a good idea to have it inspected by a professional so I guess the same goes for bikes?
I just want to make this experience a pleasureable one and not end up bitter by getting stuck with a bike that's going to crap out on me and pose a threat to my/others safety.
I appreciate any information that you riders can provide!