If you have an older bike to sell, you may be wondering how you can do so.
Unlike most items that you can sell online and then ship to your seller, it’s not possible with a bike due to the size, of course. Sure, while you could ship a bike, it just doesn’t make financial sense due to the size.
In today’s guide, I wanted to cover all of the options if you have a bike to sell. As in all of my guides, I only recommend 100% honest options that work.
So, with that being said, let’s dive in and see what your options are right now.
Places That Buy Bikes
The best option, and probably the most obvious, is the Facebook Marketplace
The great thing about the Facebook Marketplace is that you can sell any bike. Just snap a few pictures and a description to see if anyone is interested. Depending on your area, the bike could go fast.
As long as you have a Facebook account, you can list it for free. You just need to click on the Facebook Marketplace tab and follow the prompts.
To learn more about how the marketplace works in detail, refer to my quick guide to Facebook garage sale post.
- Website: Facebook Marketplace
Play it Again Sports
Play it Again Sports has locations throughout the United States, and the cool thing about this retailer is that they purchase any used sports or fitness gear, including bikes.
Now, not all locations are always buying bikes, so you may want to call your local store to see what they are buying at the moment. Most of the time, they may be interested, but it will be dependent on the stock at the moment.
To find a Play it Again Sports location near you, follow the link below.
- Website: Play it Again Sports
BicycleBlueBook.com offers a variety of options, from creating a marketplace listing to instant payouts and even a trade in opportunity.
If you want to list your bike on the marketplace, it’s similar to that of Facebook. Create a listing and fill out the details to see your ad go live. If someone wants to buy it, they can then message you to work on the details.
As for the instant payouts, you can get an instant quote from a bike retailer near you. Just input your information and see if any bike retailers are interested in it. If so, you can then bring your bike to the shop and get paid via PayPal.
Lastly, the trade-in option works like the instant quote, only that you can receive in-store credit rather than cash. This may make the most sense if you’re in the market for a new bike.
This is one of the most popular classified sites that cater to both bike buyer and sellers, so give it a look if you’re interested in any of the options mentioned above.
- Website: BicycleBlueBook.com
Goodbye Cycle wants to buy your gently used bike, generally as long as it’s a higher-end brand. The great thing about this option is that you can ship it to them for free.
What you need to do to get a quote is send over some pictures as well as information about the bike. If they like what you have, then they will offer you a fair price.
If you like what you hear, then you can accept the offer and pack it up to ship off to their location at no cost.
The company will provide an offer, usually within 24 hours. You can find more information via the official link below.
- Website: Goodbye Cycle
The Pro’s Closet
The Pro’s Closet is unique in that they will offer you an instant quote for your bike. All you need to do is take a few basic pictures and wait for a response, usually which takes about 24 hours.
Now, with this company, they only accept the highest quality brands, so you may be limited. The official site says they want bikes worth more than $1,500+. If they are interested, then you will be asked to ship it off to them at no cost. This is a very nice feature as you won’t have to meet in person or travel anywhere.
Once received and confirm, you can choose cash, TPC credit or credit at your local TradeUP bike shop. The link below provides more information as to how the process works.
The Pro’s Closet is said to be the Internet’s largest bicycle marketplace and is very legit.
- Website: The Pro’s Closet
Pinkbike is a smaller classified website, but it does focus primarily on bikes.
You can list everything from a complete bike to even parts. Give it a look to see if it’s worth posting what you have. Your results will vary here.
- Website: Pinkbike
OfferUp is one of my favorite apps where you can sell just about anything locally. I see it as today’s Craigslist.
Whatever you have to sell, whether it’s a bike or something else, consider downloading this app as there’s a lot of action on it.
As long as you don’t mind meeting in person, you could offload your bike, as long as it’s priced accordingly, in less than a few hours. It’s 100% free to use.
- Website: OfferUp
Craigslist is still relevant, however, it isn’t the best option on the list since it doesn’t seem that people don’t use it as much as they used to.
The nice thing is that you can list your bike for free, but you will have to meet in person to sell it. If doing so, just make sure you meet in a public area, such as a police station, to ensure you’re safe during the transaction.
- Website: Craigslist
SidelineSwap is another one where you can sell just about any bike you own. You just have to list it and then set your price. The biggest difference, however, is that you will have to ship your item as that’s what your buyer will expect.
When I took a look at it, most sellers were selling bicycle parts, but I did see a bike here and there. Most of them were bikes priced well north of $1,000. With that being said, I’m not sure you will do too well with a bike worth less than $100 or so.
As long as you don’t mind shipping your bike, then it’s something to consider. It’s free to list and there are a ton of listings, so there are buyers out there.
Check out the link below as they do have a great value guide that explains what your bike is worth. This could give you a good idea as to what to price it in today’s market.
- Website: SidelineSwap
The Bike Exchange allows you to list your bike for up to 60 days using their classified ads service. They do charge a small fee, dependent on the item price, but it may be worth it, seeing this is one of the larger bicycle classified sites. Usually, your fees will be less than $19 to $29~, but you upgrade to a premium listing for slightly more. This will put more eyes on your ads.
To get started, all you need to do is place an ad, upload a few photos and then describe your bike.
Once live, it will be active for that 60 days.
I would recommend this as a last option since most of what I have mentioned is free. Worst case, if you don’t have luck with any of the options mentioned above, you could always give this one a shot.
- Website: Bike Exchange
Local Pawn/Bike Shops
This one is dependent on your location, but what you will want to do is search for “pawn shops near me” or “bike shops near me.”
In doing so, you should find a few results that you may want to look into. Usually, your larger cities will have a ton of options, whereas your rural areas will have one or two.
Some bike shops may buy bikes off you but not all of them, so you will either want to call and/or check out the website for more information. As for pawn shops, they almost always buy bikes. In fact, they usually offer cash for anything, as long as it has value and you don’t mind getting 30%+ less of what you would get online. Since a bike is a larger-than-average item, it doesn’t hurt to call up a pawn shop ahead of time to see if there’s any interest.
This isn’t your best option, but I just wanted to include it as it’s a nice way to get money in hand in as little as a few hours.
NOTE: Aside from Google, check out Yelp, too. Search for “sell used bike,” along with your city to see what pops up.
And, lastly, consider selling your bike on eBay. Yes, it can be done.
Like the many options mentioned prior, you can list your bike as is or you can part it out if you want to make shipping easier. It’s up to you.
eBay isn’t the best option on this list due to the eBay fees and shipping, but it’s one to consider.
- Website: eBay
Whether you want to sell your bike instantly to a company or you want to do it on your own, it is possible, as you can see. Only you can decide what’s best for your situation.
If you want to offload it quickly and don’t care what you get for it, then the instant quotes may be worth it. Again, most bike companies will only offer you a quote if your bike is in demand. If you want the most for your money, then I highly recommend you sell on one of the many marketplaces, such as Facebook or OfferUp. In this case, you should be able to get fair market value. This can be said about anything you want to sell.
That’s going to do it for now.
As always, I love to hear from you, so if you want to add to this content, you’re more than welcome to do so in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by!
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