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Buying or selling a bike?

Wednesday 5 February 2014, by

It’s getting to that time of year when you might want to get back outside and enjoy the fresh air, and what better way to do so than on a shiny new bike?

You may remember, back in September we told you how we were working with the police to cut cycle theft across the UK. We are continuing that hard work, but it’s always worth a reminder of our tips on how to say safe when buying or selling a bike on Gumtree.

If you’re buying:

1.       Make sure you have seen a photo of the bike before you make the effort to see it.

2.        Ask the seller questions about where they bought it, and why they’re selling. Do they have an original receipt, or the bike frame number? (You can check the bike frame numbers on ‘bike-check’ websites, such as bikeregister or immobilise).

3.        If you decide to buy, get a receipt for the purchase, which includes the seller’s landline telephone number or an address.

4.        And last but not least, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is. If you see an expensive bike with a very low price, then there’s probably a reason for this.


And if you’re selling:

1.     Supply details and a photo of the frame number in your advert.

2.    Post lots of photos of the bike – maybe one of you on the bike?

3.    Explain why you are selling the bike.


If you can follow this simple advice, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying the great outdoors on two wheels.




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