Five cost-effective upgrades to make a second-hand bike feel like new again

We run you through the most cost-effective ways to get a 'brand new' feeling from a second hand bike

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Buying a second hand bike has always been a viable option, but given rising living costs it's perhaps more relevant than ever. It's also a more environmentally friendly approach, repurposing an unwanted machine rather than purchasing new.

However, while you should be applauded for going down the second-hand route, there are a few things you'll need to take into account. Unless you're buying the bike as a refurbished model from a reputable dealer, it's unlikely that it will be ready to roll without a little additional work, even if you have taken into account our tips for getting a great deal on a used bike.

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