Let's say she finds 3 bikes in her price range that all sound good, one in Seattle, one in Dallas and one in Miami. She can't fly to examine all three. Plus not being an expert, would she potenially get burned and stuck with a carbon frame that the seller knew was cracked or other subtle issue that would eventually bite her? Do sellers ever get an inspection from the LBS that potential buyers split the cost?
I guess I'm reaching out for some direction on how best to advise the athlete and any tips or experience you might be able to share, both positive and negative are welcome.
Thanks for taking the time to help.
John H. Post, III, MD
Medical Advisor, TrainingPeaks
Ironman Certified Coach
Contributor, IRONMAN.com, TrainingPeaks.com/blog