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Sell your old road bike

Sell your old bike easily and safely. Here you will find the most important information about selling your bike.

Sell your old road bike
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How to sell my old road bike properly?

The bike season is just around the corner. Now you may have ordered your new dream bike, want to clean out or part with your current bike for other reasons. But where to put your old bike(s)? We at buycycle can help you sell your bike quickly and easily, but in this blog post we'll still introduce you to a few alternatives:

1st Flea Market: Between Nostalgia & Hype

What has become a cute curiosity carnival for digital natives was for a long time the only way to resell secondhand goods - including bicycles. The charm of flea markets comes from the personal contact, and the treasure hunting that rummaging through them approximates. Bicycles, especially sports bikes, are rarely found here, and when they are, they tend to be the highly hyped vintage racers from the 70s or 80s. Buyers know this, too, and are therefore increasingly turning to the online market in search of high-quality, modern bikes.

2. online marketplaces: On the road in the jungle of offers

The top dog of online used goods dealers is and remains Ebay. However, the commission for buyers and sellers is quite steep and the user-friendliness can also leave a lot to be desired. The market has recently been enriched by small, local platforms, but these are rather designed according to a department store principle, the targeted networking of buyers and sellers is missing. Similar to the flea market, the following applies here: It's fantastic for browsing, but not the best channel for selling your old bike.

3. buycycle: Welcome to the specialized marketplace

The above mentioned sales channels are all geared more towards the buyers than the sellers. buycycle wants to be the optimal partner in crime for both parties when it comes to high quality second hand bikes. We make the sale of your old bike as easy as possible, offer you a price calculator and help with the ad creation and take care of shipping and payment processing for you: In short, everything so that your bike finds a second home safely, quickly and easily.

We know that parting with your old bike can be personal and emotional: No matter where you look for a new buyer, whether at the flea market, online or directly with us: timing, communication and gut feeling must be right. The buycycle team is here to help you with words and deeds.

Try your bike sale with us, read our Step by Step Guide or create your first non-binding ad on buycycle.com. We wish you, as always: Happy browsing, happy cycling!

How to sell your old bike | buycycle

The cycling season is just around the corner, the new dream road bike has been ordered and the kilometers on the roller have prepared the legs perfectly for the upcoming rides. But now where to put the old companion? The basement is full, the apartment is cramped and the courtyard is not the right place.

Supported by the road & gravel bike boom prevailing since 2020, demand significantly exceeds current supply, especially for new models. In addition, the proportion of people who make purchasing decisions based on sustainability aspects such as resource conservation or climate emissions is growing. Accordingly, the chances of being able to resell one's old road bike for a fair price on the secondary market are high. A variety of different options are available for this, both analog and digital. Some helpful tips are presented in the following:

Flea Market - Between Nostalgia & Hype

What was sometimes the only way to buy bicycles and goods in general before the digital age is now perceived quite differently. Many find flea markets dusty, sometimes creepy, and at most interesting for (art) rarities. Other groups appreciate the personal contact, the stories behind the products and their contribution to sustainability. However, racing bikes are offered relatively seldom, and in addition they tend to be historical models (vintage racing bikes). This is also known to potential buyers, who then prefer to rely on the filter options of an online store.

Conclusion: very social, partly charming but probably not the optimal channel.

Bike stores - support or competition?

Where you can buy road bikes should be the opportunity to give his old bike or even exchange. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Many stores have quite rigid contracts with their suppliers, limit themselves to certain brands and models or simply do not have the capacity to take care of your used road bike. Moreover, in a bike store you usually meet road bike experts who also have experience in buying and selling road bikes. So if you are not sure how much your bike is worth, there is a risk that should not be underestimated that you will not get the price you deserve.

Conclusion: a lot of expertise coupled with buyer qualities must be tamed.

General marketplaces

Second-hand stores exist in both analog and digital form, with online platforms in particular having become very popular in recent years. Ebay is the absolute top dog in this area, even if the user-friendliness sometimes leaves something to be desired and commissions for buyers and sellers should not be underestimated. Increasingly, however, smaller, more local platforms are appearing on the scene, which would like to better link existing communities in particular. Both the global and local concepts are designed so that users do not search very specifically, but act more like in a department store. Conversely, this means that sellers get lost in the swamp of similar products and categories.

Conclusion: Great platform with little focus.

Specialized marketplaces

This leaves the specialized online platforms. Here, too, a lot has happened in recent years and there is a not inconsiderable selection of providers. Nevertheless, there are significant differences, which is mainly due to the fact that most digital marketplaces have a clear focus on potential buyers. Sellers are left out in the cold and have to come to terms with the situation. buycycle wants to counteract this and makes the creation of ads as easy as possible, supports shipping and guarantees secure payment.

Conclusion: quickly back to the store and go!

All in all, the sale of a racing bike is a personal and sometimes emotional matter. You part with a faithful companion and want the best possible buyer. Whether this is at the flea market or in an online store, the timing and communication must be right.

Do you want to sell your road bike? Then try it with us on the buycycle marketplace.