Bike trade-in: why choose The Cyclist House?
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Published on September 7, 2023
It's not always easy to sell your bike at the right price. First, you have to estimate the value of your bike reliably. Then comes the hard part: getting a trusted buyer who wants to buy your bike... Fortunately, The Cyclist House is here. With us, the process is super simple: a quick estimate and a buy-back offer within 24 hours. After we've sent it to you, you'll receive the money by bank transfer or as a voucher to treat yourself to one of our incredible bikes in stock! We explain it all in more detail in this article, and in passing we take a look at the other ways to sell your used bike. Why choose The Cyclist House to trade in your bike? What are the disadvantages of selling your bike on a classified ads site or buying it back in a store? We answer your questions, and as a bonus, we give you our tips for maintaining your bike and preserving its value! 🔧
Reselling your bike: the disadvantages of traditional solutions
Many stores offer bike buy-back services. The best will be given a second life locally, while others will be shipped abroad or resold for their metal.
The business model is therefore rarely based on the added value provided by the store, but rather on the difference with the purchase price. In other words, the margin is derived primarily from the low initial purchase price.
As you can see, the main drawback is getting a fair price for your used bike. You'll often have to negotiate directly with a mechanic in the store (who theoretically knows a lot more about bikes than you do)... Not always easy!
The second disadvantage is that if you don't reach an agreement, you'll have come all this way for nothing, and you'll just have to take your bike back home. 😑
By selling your bike on a classifed ads platform, you're more likely to get a decent price for it. Negotiations with potential buyers are more balanced, and you'll usually end up agreeing on a price.
The main disadvantage here is your partner's reliability when it comes to payment. When you're selling a quality bike, the price is often several thousand euros. It's difficult to demand cash payment in such circumstances. However, settling for a cheque is very risky indeed. What's more, by making the person come to your home, you also expose yourself to theft...
Trade-in your bike: what are the advantages of going through The Cyclist House ?
A rapid estimate of the bike's buy-back value
Selling your bike doesn't have to be a headache! Often, you want to replace your bike to buy one that's better suited to your needs, or to upgrade your range. Navigating between low offers, risks of bad payment and endless negotiations spoils the pleasure of buying your future bike...
With The Cyclist House, it's easy: just fill in the form on the this page and you'll receive a trade-in offer for your bike in less than 24 hours.
To appraise your bike, we take into account the brand, model, declared condition, year of manufacture and maintenance habits.
We urge you to be as honest as possible about the condition of your bike. It will be checked by one of our mechanics as soon as it arrives. If it turns out that the situation is not as declared, we will reassess our offer. You are of course free to accept or reject this new proposal.
Are you happy with our proposal? All that's left is to send us your bike and receive the transfer (this last part is clearly not the most difficult 😉).
We'll give your bike a whole new lease of life. After passing through the expert hands of professional mechanics, it will be (almost) as good as new for its future owner!
Simple shipping and partner stores to pack your bike
To send us your future ex-bike, all you have to do is send it via a professional transport service. It's as easy as Vinted! 📦... But then again, packing a bike is more complicated than packing a pair of sneakers, we explain in this article how to go about it.
Want an even simpler solution? You can also simply leave your bike in one of our 30 partner stores throughout France and Belgium, and that's it!
A new bike at a reduced price
And it doesn't stop there! You can also benefit from payment in the form of a voucher to find your next loyal partner among our selection of bikes Certified Pre-Owned.
Here too, there are no nasty surprises: all our bikes have undergone a 114-point inspection. They come with a one-year warranty, and you have 30 days to return it if it doesn't fit!
Still not convinced? What if we told you that we'd make you a trade-in offer at any time during the year? 😉
If you need help with assembly and adjustment, we've got you covered with this short video for easy assembly. You can also visit one of our partners!
Which bikes do we buy back?
We want our certified pre-owned bikes to bring maximum pleasure to their new owners. That's why we carefully select the bikes we buy back. That's why you'll find only top-brand bikes on our site.
To ensure that our bikes are models that will retain their value, and to assure our customers that their purchase is also an investment, we only buy back bikes if the original price (when bought new) is over 1,500 euros.
Finally, we only accept bikes in very good condition. In addition to the visual aspect, which we will assess thanks to your photos, we attach a great deal of importance to the way you maintain your bike: regular check-ups, annual servicing by a professional mechanic, etc.
Obviously, a model that is well maintained both visually and mechanically is more likely to interest us.
Trade-in of your brand-name bike
On the road and gravel side, we're interested in models from Cervélo, Trek and Pinarello, Giant, Specialized (them again!), BMC, etc.
Bonus: how to preserve the value of your bike?
A bike isn't just a consumer item. It can be a real investment when it's a nice model. And just like a classic car or a fine musical instrument, it's important to take care of it so it doesn't depreciate too much.
As promised, here are a few simple tips to preserve the value of your bike.
- Clean your bike thoroughly after every ride, even if it's not raining! This is even more important when you've been riding in the rain, as the slightly acidic water will attack the paintwork and finishes. To find out how to do it, go to our mechanic's advice in this video.
- Regularly check the general appearance and condition of tires, transmission and braking system. Lubricate your chain often. If you use tubeless tires, top them up with preventive fluid every 6 months or so.
- Replace worn parts. The points of contact (saddle, handlebars, tires) are the most stressed, but the brakes, transmission and transmission are also subject to wear. Cassette and chain should also be changed from time to time.
- Use a torque wrench. The components are sometimes fragile, and tightening them "all the way" can damage them. You can get one for under 30 euros, and it's well worth it!
- This is probably the most important piece of advice: take your bike to a mechanic at least once a year. Better equipped and more experienced than you in bike mechanics, he'll be able to see the details you've missed. He'll also be able to anticipate any mechanical problems you may have been unaware of.
And don't think it's an unnecessary expense: his intervention will have a considerable impact on the condition of your bike: to each his own! 😉
Choose The Cyclist House for your bike's trade-in is synonymous with safety, comfort and peace of mind. Don't hesitate to contact us at +33 3 90 46 19 52 if you have any questions about buying back your bike, we'll be delighted to answer and advise you!