I often seen old but advertised as classic Team issue bikes for sale in fleabay. Would you ever consider buying a Team Saxobank, USPS, Astana or whatever bike to ride?
Exactly. The mechanics baby those bikes but the racers punish them. I'd be very careful buying any used bike but you might get a great deal. A guy around here bought Barry Wicks old Kona cross bike (which I'm sure was thrashed every week) and so far it's been great for the new owner.MarshallH1987 said:just make sure it is in good condition and there shouldn't be any issues. They will have been maintained very well, but also raced hard.
Yep bunny hop everthing when they are free...spade2you said:Only if it were a smokin' hot deal. I was thinking about doing this last year, but my friend associated with the team recommended against it since the bikes were raced hard and often (as noted by MarshallH1987). One of the riders noted that transportation to and from races could be just as hard on the bike, too.