SECONDHAND BIKES

2020

Due to exceptionally high demand in April and May, we are currently sold out of secondhand bikes in the shop. Instead we are renovating secondhand bikes on a 'refurbish to order' basis. Just email us information about what you want, your budget and your height (in order to find you the right frame size) and we will add your details to our queue. We can then send you photos of anything we think fits the bill. It can take a few weeks, but there is no obligation to buy until the bike is ready and you have had a chance to test ride it.

Secondhand Bikes from Bicycle Links


Because our stock is constantly changing we don’t post details of every bike here, but as a guide:

  • £120 buys a basic but functional Mountain Bike type of bicycle
  • £135 to £165 buys an upcycled mountain bike with smooth tyres, mudguards and perhaps a luggage rack
  • £180 to £250 is normally our price for a city hybrid bike, and we can produce a completely renovated hybrid with many new parts for £300 to £350.
  • £160 to £220 is the average price for a refurbished retro steel racing bike or  vintage 3-speed town bike
  • £300 upward buys a modern road bike, higher quality off-road bike, touring bike or ex-hire bike - if and when we have these available.
Road bikes and gravel bikes - we rarely get hold of the former, and never have any secondhand gravel bikes - sorry.  We suggest trying online sales and cycle forums to buy direct from another owner.


Secondhand doesn't mean second rate


Unlike bikes that you buy online, all of our secondhand bikes go through a stringent refurbishing and repair process, and often have new parts fitted. We don’t sell bikes unless we are confident that they have passed all our checks:

  • we check the frame for damage
  • we make sure that seatpost and stem are not seized
  • we remove the bottom bracket, apply anti-seize and re-fit
  • we check headset and hub bearings for wear
  • we renew cables
  • we replace drivetrain, pads, wheels, pedals, bars etc as necessary
  • the majority of our bikes have new tyres fitted, many have new grips / bar tape and saddles too.

The refurbished bicycle then goes through a test ride and a Pre-Delivery Inspection to double check its condition. Once we are happy, the bike goes on sale and includes a 30 day warranty from date of sale.


Secondhand children's bikes

We don't sell secondhand children's bikes on the whole, apart from rare occasions when we get a pre-used Frog, Islabike or similar. Parents are advised to buy direct from other families. Unlike adult bikes, secondhand children's bikes are often in good condition - the child has just grown out of it - and so long as you look it over carefully, test it for size and feel the weight (cheap bikes are very heavy) you're unlikely to go too far wrong. Gumtree, eBay and Facebook are all good places to look. Bicycle Links is happy to assess the bike or carry out a check 'n' tune after you've bought it.


Our Instagram shows a selection of bikes we have refurbished in the past: