Buying Second-Hand Bikes

Bicycles are fast becoming one of the most popular forms of transport among business commuters, and it’s easy to see why. Bikes are a low-cost alternative to cars and public transport in terms of maintenance, running costs, and their impact on the environment. The only real price tag associated with bike riding is the set-up costs. With a brand new bicycle ranging anywhere from $250 – $2,500 you might decide you’re better off riding the bus. This article explains how you can avoid some of these initial costs by buying your bike second hand, and introduces some of the best-known second hand bike shops from around the world.

The first places to look for a secondhand machine is online. Online classifieds have a massive range of second-hand bikes and accessories available for sale. If you’re looking for a bargain, this is where you’re going to find it. If you’re patient you can easily pick up a great deal on a bike that’s had low-usage, especially if it’s a must sell. If possible you’ll want to inspect the bike before you buy, to ensure you’re getting what you pay for. Also, beware of sellers trying to fence stolen property online, if you suspect something might be a bit dodgy, probably best to steer clear. Be sure to check for frame/component cracks, paint bubbles, excessive rust, or any other flaw that sets off alarm bells. Bikes are readily repairable, but remember that you’re looking for a bargain, not a restoration project.

Re-cyclery (California, US)
One of the very few second-hand bike stores located on America’s West Coast, the Re-cyclery offers thrift store prices on new and used bikes, parts, and accessories. Their knowledgeable and friendly staff can help you get the perfect set up including lights, tubes, and even clothing.

Greenpoint Bikes (New York, US)
Your standard neighborhood bike store, Greenpoint Bikes is located just off Manhattan Avenue in the heart of Brooklyn. These guys do great work repairing and selling second-hand bikes and offer a nice selection of parts and accessories to boot.

Bicycle Recycle (Melbourne, AU)
Located in Moorabin, the Bicycle Recycle has been supplying Australians with second-hand bikes and accessories for over 25 years. With more than 100 second-hand bikes in-store, their range is sure to include a cycle that meets your needs, and their friendly staff are always there to answer any questions you might have.

CERES Bike Shed (Melbourne, AU)
If you’re interested in getting your hands dirty why not build your own bike from quality second-hand parts? CERES Bike Shed is located in Melbourne’s trendy northern suburbs and offers you the chance to do just that. Great for anyone who like rummaging through various bits and pieces looking for that perfect part.

Remember also to look in your area for a bike co-op; this can be a good, yet inexpensive, way to build up a secondhand bike and also learn some maintenance/assembly in the process. Take a look at this worldwide list of community bicycle organizations to see if there’s a co-op near you.

These are just a few of the options available for anyone looking to buy a second-hand bicycle in the US or Australia. If you live outside these areas and have some more places to add to the list please share them in the comments below.

1 Comment

  1. AMerc

    How about gear for bike commuters? Do you have any recommendations on where to find those? I’m looking for pants, in particular, since I bike to work regularly. Do you reckon this will prove to be a good buy

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