Citybikes thrives on giving used bikes and parts new life. Whether you’re upgrading or cleaning your garage, we’ll enjoy taking a look at your bike stuff.
Please be advised that we may not, and reserve the right to not, purchase bicycle parts, frames or complete bicycles. We take into account our current stock, part/bike condition, and customer’s needs when making purchases, so please be prepared to take your items to a donation store or private sale if we’re unable to purchase your parts/bicycle. We can direct you if you’re unsure where to go, or how to sell.
The best time to sell anything to Citybikes is typically weekday mornings, as we open at 11am. If you are selling multiple bikes or a large quantity of parts, or if you arrive at a busy time, we may ask you to drop them off and give us a day or two to find the time to sort and price your items.
State issued photo ID is required. Parts are traded in for credit only. Frames and complete bicycles may be purchased by Citybikes, but keep in mind that all frames and bicycles require a 15 day Multnomah County Police background check before payment. That means that all of our used bikes are vouched safe by the police, and that we will pay out only after the bike/frame has passed muster. If you choose to trade your complete bike or frame for store credit, you will receive a bit more than if you decide to take cash. Store credit is valid same day at either shop, and it doesn’t expire.
If you have a bike you would like to sell to us, please bring it to the Annex (734 SE Ankeny). We will put the bike into a repair stand, and thoroughly examine it to determine what we can fix and what needs to be replaced. Please be prepared to wait for this process. Each used bike we buy will get a full overhaul, and it’s very likely some things will have to be replaced in order to stand up to our six-month warranty.
Be aware of the following guidelines:
- Citybikes does not buy full suspension mountain bikes
- Only rarely, and based on condition, are we able to purchase bikes with steel wheels and/or one piece cranks.
- Citybikes does not buy bikes sold in department stores, with the exception of some single-speed children’s bikes.
- The law requires that we hold your bike for 15 days before paying you for your bike. This gives the police time to confirm that your bike hasn’t been reported stolen. We can mail you the payment after this period, or you can pick it up at the Annex.
- Citybikes will probably not give you as much money as you could get by selling the bike on your own, as we will put parts and labor into the bike, and then resell it.
- A valid, government-issued ID is a must for selling your bike to us.
- You must be at least 18 to sell a bike to Citybikes.
Because bike frames have serial numbers, they are regulated in the same way as complete bikes. The same 15-day holding period applies, as do the ID requirements, and the types of frames we are interested in buying are the same. Citybikes will pay 40% of our decided retail value, or 50% as shop credit. Retail value is heavily dependent on complex factors such as: rust, damage, wear, desirability, new retail value, parts compatability, etc. We are happy to explain our process for you while considering your trade-in, but our offer is non-negotiable.
Bring any parts you’d like to trade-in to our Repair Shop @ 1914 SE Ankeny. We will study them, and two workers will agree on prices for good, saleable items. Many parts are not eligible to be traded in, due to wear, abuse, nondesireability, etc. We do our best to fairly price our parts, and our offers are non-negotiable.
Citybikes will offer a shop credit based upon our assessment of the retail value of the used parts. This can be used immediately, or kept on file indefinitely for use at either Citybikes Cooperative locations. Trade in value is 50% of our decided retail value. Citybikes does not offer cash for parts, nor can the shop credit be redeemed for cash.
You must bring a valid, government-issued ID, and be over 18 years old to sell used parts to us.