Bike replacement. Something that comes with both feelings of excitement and trepidation. While you’re looking forward to a new ride, you’re sad to see the old one go. And, the latter is a lot more difficult than it sounds. That’s because there’s no easy way to offload an old bicycle. Fortunately, there’s good news. You do have some options. So, read on to learn more about bike replacement and what you need to know.
Disposal vs Repair
Before we get into bike replacement, let’s first take a cursory look at the repair route. Because this is an uncomplicated machine, if the frame is in good, usable condition, it can be completely revamped. You just need the parts and some paint to make it look new again.
If you are an individual with a bicycle or two, or bicycle parts and accessories to donate for repair, reuse and recycling, it is usually most practical and cost-effective to donate them to a local program. In some areas you have a choice of directing your bike to an organization that will use it internationally or to a domestic program. --iBike.org
Now, if you’re concerned about cost, this is where disposal becomes a lot more attractive. Bikes generally last about 10 years before it’s time to trade up. Oddly, this isn’t due to the actual, physical condition, but the availability of parts. Once a bicycle is 10 years of age or older, parts are super-difficult to obtain.
Bike Replacement in North Port
For bikes that are ten years old or older, you can strip off everything and sell the metal for scrap. (That is, if there’s no rust or corrosion.) But, that’s a tall order for anyone because it involves a whole lot of work. So, here are a few more suggestions for getting rid of a bike:
- Sell it. If it's not rusted and corroded, and in otherwise decent condition but just needs a bit of TLC, then you might well be able to sell it. Place an ad online and sell it locally. Or, take it to a bike shop and see if you can consign it. Perhaps the shop would buy it to resell or for parts.
- Repair it. Okay, if you know what's needed to get it back in working condition, then you can opt to repair it and continue to use it for at least a few years.
- Donate it. For those who are replacing with an upgraded model, you might consider just donating it to a local thrift store or charity. This way, you get a little tax write off and do some good in one shot.
- Just junk it. If the bike is just too old, out of date, and needs too much work, then it’s time to get a new one. So, call a junk removal service to pick it up and haul it away. Plus, you can use the opportunity to offload more unwanted junk.