Why Buy Used Bike Parts? (for MTB, Road, & More)

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Why Buy Used Bike Parts? (for MTB, Road, & More)

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Bruce Lin

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If you've been bitten by the cycling bug, you've probably played with the idea of upgrading your bike or building your own from the frame up. There is a definite pleasure in the self-reliance, knowledge, and intimacy you gain when you modify or build up a bike yourself and it's something every bike lover should experience. These days though, getting new bikes and components can get prohibitively expensive. The solution is, you guessed it, buying used. 

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The benefits of used bike parts

Used bike cassetteNot worn, well loved. Bike parts are meant to be used, and we embrace that.

Here at The Pro's Closet, we're all about high-quality used gear. In fact, we're the world's largest retailer of used bikes and components. No bike shop has more selection or expertise. If you're patient enough to wait for deals, you can find high-quality gear like carbon wheels, discounted groupsets, or that perfect component polish off your dream build. Here's why you should check out our used gear selection: 

1. It's cheaper

This point should be obvious, but by buying used, you'll get the same components for less - OR - you'll be able to get used high-end components for the same price as new low-end options. This is the biggest benefit for me. I love top-of-the-line gear, but my budget is more mid-ranged. Mixing in used parts lets me put together all of my crazy dream bike builds

2. 30-day returns

Try getting this benefit from private sellers on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. The Pro's Closet stands behind every order, and every product we sell is covered by a hassle-free 30-day satisfaction guarantee. Just contact us within 30 days of receiving your order and we will issue a full refund or store credit. If we made an error, or the item you received is not as described, we will even cover return shipping. This lets you shop with complete confidence.

3. Ride Guides can help you find the right parts

The Pro's Closet has a team of expert Ride Guides who all live and breathe bicycles. If you have any questions about what to buy, what's compatible with your bike, or you just need some general bike advice, these are the people to ask. 

Our Ride Guides are available to help you seven days a week from 9AM-6PM MT and can be reached via chat, phone: 866-401-9636, or email: rideguides@theproscloset.com during those hours.

4. You can sell parts back to TPC

The Pro's Closet doesn't just sell used bike parts, we buy them too. We already have a Sell//Trade portal to submit bikes, frames, wheels, and a gear portal specifically for components is coming soon (expect to see it by summer of 2022!). With our easy to use submission systems, you'll get an offer for your gear within 24 hours. 

5. Used bike parts depreciate less

Have you heard that a brand new car loses 10% of its value (some say even more!) the moment you drive it off the lot? Well that's true of bikes and bike parts too. Since we work with a lot of used products, we have an intimate understanding of bike depreciation and have mountains of data for how prices change over time. In most cases, after a big initial hit, depreciation begins to taper off. So buying used from the get-go saves you money in the long run too. 

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Buying used extends the life cycle of quality bikes, components, and gear. It keeps a sport like cycling thriving, and it keeps gear-head tinkerers like me thriving as well. The Pro's Closet sources bikes and parts from riders, manufacturers, and shops all around the country. Everything is inspected by professional mechanics to ensure they're in good working order and then photographed in our studio so you know exactly what you're getting. Our selection is constantly changing, and new products are added everyday, so check back often!

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