Now for the average person looking for a bicycle, having the trendiest and most advanced technology in your bicycle does not really appeal to you. The average bicycle rider only wants something that is safe, sturdy, reliable, and can get from securely from their originating destination to their chosen travel point. This of course doesn't have to be the newest technology, in fact you don't have to always shop around in the new bicycle section to find one that suits these needs. In fact, what you should instead be doing is looking for a used bicycle. A used bicycle has a lot of great upsides working for it. For the most part you know the bicycle is very much so capable of good travel distances and is already cyclist proven, you get to save a bit of money by not buying brand new, and you get to save the help aid in the slow chain of events that will enable bicycle riders to add on to the great service they already provide to the environment. By this I am referring to the idea of recycling bicycles and keeping them in circulation, instead of having them fill up some land fill somewhere. In addition, it gives off that nice trendy vibe residents of NYC love so much. So that is why this article will be showcasing some of the top places in NYC where a bicycle rider can find a used bicycle.
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Okay, I know that technically you can find a bicycle on Craigslist in any city. However, you won't be able to find such a Craigslist page for too many cities with as many posts as the one for the NYC area. Craigslist NYC is always filled with hundreds of posts on everything, and all in one day. This is no exception to the bicycle section. There you will be able to browse at your leisure what the city's community of bicycle riders has to offer you in your next mode of transportation. You'll probably get the best, and deepest, selection you can in the whole city. The only downside to this is that there is a possibility that the post could just be a scam, or an attempt at a set up situation to cause you harm. However as long as you take all the proper precautions to ensure your safety during the meeting or transaction, then you are good to go.
If the whole Internet classifieds site isn't really all that appealing to you then don't threat, the city has great local shops where you can locate yourself a great used bicycle. There are a good amount of places where a cyclist could go to get a bicycle, but if your in the Brooklyn area you have to stop by Bespoke Bicycles. This full-service bicycle shop is a great place to find your used bicycle, and get it tuned up from time to time. Bespoke always has a good assortment of used bicycles coming through on a regular basis, so just make sure to call and see what they have available. However you could always go the feeling lucky route and just go down to the store without calling ahead, either way you will be in good hands here.
64 Lafayette Avenue Open Weekdays 11am-7pm; Weekends 10am-6pm
Brooklyn, NY 11217-2283
Phone: (718) 643-6816
Frank's Bike Shop
Good reputation in the city's bicycle community, check. An all service shop that can handle proper repairs and maintenance to ensure my used bicycle is in actual good condition, check. Great reviews by the majority of customers that come into looking for great service and leave saying that is what they have received, check. Okay now what that check list purpose was to help better describe Frank's Bike Shop. Frank's Bike Shop is a full-service shop located on 553 Grand St. While your there you will have a good choice of used bicycle options, and accessories to go along with your purchase. Frank's has been in service for over 20 years, and doesn't seem to be closing no time soon. So if your looking for a used bicycle in NYC, make sure to stop by Frank's.
553 Grand Street Open Mon-Tue,Thu-Fri 9am-7pm; Sun 10am-6pm
New York, NY 10002-4205
Phone: (212) 533-6332
Recycle A Bicycle
By just looking at the name you can tell that this will be a great place to find a used bicycle, and save another addition to a landfill putting a hamper to our environment. This full-service repair, community driven, bicycle shop is a great place for someone looking to purchase a used bicycle. Here you have the opportunity to purchase what someone has kindly donated, after it has been completely refurbished to meet a great quality standard. They also have an assortment of new accessories as well, and your purchases here will do a great thing in helping them keep their community service projects afloat. The money you spend here will be put towards support for Recycle a Bicycle's youth programs(includes job training), environment education, recycled art, and Ride Club. Having the advantages of a used bicycle is a great thing, but add on to that the ability to save the planet and help the community makes it even better. They have three convenient locations:
35 Pearl Street (at Plymouth Street) Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: 718-858-2972 Mon-Sat, Noon to 7PM (Not open on Sunday)
75 Avenue C (between thh & thh Streets) New York, NY 10009
Phone: (347) 996-1294
thh Street & 4thh Avenue, Long Island City, Queens
Phone: (212) 475-1655 Mon-Sat, Noon to 7PM Sun, Noon to 5PM
August 25, 2011 3:42 PM | Biking