Top tips for selling your hybrid bike

If you’ve got an old hybrid bike that you aren’t using there are a number of options available to you. However, according to our research most people choose the least profitable options.

Most people either store their excess hybrid bikes at home (33% of UK households have a spare and unused hybrid bike) or abandon them on the street (66% of people told us they’ve done this).

However, selling your old hybrid bike is a great and underused option. Clearly, the main aim is to get as much money for your hybrid bike as possible. Below are our tips and tricks to help you sell your hybrid bike fast and for the best price.

Hybrid Bike
Hybrid Bike

Sell online

Selling your used hybrid bike online is a great way to sell your hybrid bike and make some money. It gives you access to a huge pool of potential buyers who on the internet looking for good deals on hybrid bikes. Selling online will increase your chance of selling and, if you are using an online auction, getting a higher price.

Make your hybrid bike look good

Spending a little bit of money on your hybrid bike to improve its appearance may increase your selling price. It’s a bit like the old trick of giving your home a lick of paint before you put it on the market.

Cleaning your hybrid bike, putting on new handle bar tape or even replacing the tyres can all help restore your hybrid bike to a good condition and be more appealing. The simple rule is to make your hybrid bike look and feel great.

Good condition

Ensure that the gears and brakes are working at their best, the tyres are pumped up and the chain is well lubricated. Although you can sell a hybrid bike that is not in good condition you will sell at a far lower price.

Winning advert

Clarity and honesty trump persuasion. Make sure your advert includes the following details:

  • Size
  • Condition
  • Frame number (to show that your hybrid bike is not stolen!)
  • What the bmx bike in 2017 has been used for.
  • What use the hybrid bike is suitable for.
  • Any extras that come with the hybrid bike eg. a hybrid bike computer, lights or lock.
BMX Bike
BMX Bike

Compelling Price

A used hybrid bike is only worth what somebody is willing to pay for it. You can gain a feel for the value of a hybrid bike by looking online or peering through classifieds in cycling magazines. However, the price someone is willing to pay for your hybrid bike will depend on a range of personal factors. Generally road hybrid bikes with drop handlebars and mountain hybrid bikes raise the highest prices whilst kids hybrid bikes struggle to sell for a high price.

If you are selling at an online auction you may be able to set a reserve price below which the hybrid bike will not sell. The advantage of the reserve is that your hybrid bike can garner interest from competing bidders that drive the price higher than they would have gone had you listed the price at a higher level.

Delivery

hybrid bikes are big and they’re not easy to post. It’s not impossible (I’ve FedExed two hybrid bike from California to the UK) but takes a bit of effort.

The simplest way to deliver a hybrid bike is to get the buyer to collect it from you in person. For safety reasons it is advisable to meet in a public place and take a companion with you.

Posting a hybrid bike requires a cardboard box, bubble wrap, tape and a bit of knowledge of how to pack a hybrid bike. It also costs about £30 in postal charges. However, if you are willing to post your hybrid bike you will reach a larger audience.

Scammers

Unfortunately there are scammers who will take advantage of people trying to sell items (hybrid bikes or otherwise!). Below are some tips to protect yourself.

  • Do not pay any money to the buyer
  • Unless you have the cash in your hand or money in your bank account, you have not been paid
  • Do not respond to text messages asking you to contact them via email
  • Control the transaction. You decide payment and transport details
  • Talk to the buyer. A scammer will avoid talking to you
  • Do not trust documents sent to you via email. Fraudulent copies of paypal or western union documents are easy to create.

What size bike do I need?

Buying a bike for the first time can fill many with trepidation. One of the most common questions asked to me by friends who want to buy a bike for the first time is what size bike do I need?

It can be quite complicated and it’s an important decision to make. Choosing the wrong bike size can affect your comfort, efficiency and enjoyment on the bike so it is critical that you know what bike size fits you.

Fortunately, we have a simple to use bicycle sizing guide to help you choose the right sized bike.

Stand over height

If you didn’t have the use of our handy bike sizing guide you would need to resort to more basic methods of getting the right sized bike frame for what size bike you need.

Traditional wisdom has been, and this was very much my experience when I bought my first bike from Cycle Surgery in 2006, that you stand over the frame of a bike and if there was an inch or two between the top of the top tube and your crotch then you had found the right size bike for you.

While “stand over height” provides a good indicator of what bike size you need for your height, this simplistic approach to bike sizing fails to take account of the vagaries of the human body and it should only be used as a rough guide to determine what bike size do I need.

For example if your legs are short and your torso is long then a stand over test will result in you getting a bike which is likely to be too small for you.

Alternative ways to get the correct bike size requires an appreciation of how manufacturers measure their bike frames. Knowing how to measure a bike frame size is an art…not least because there is a lack of uniformity amongst bike manufacturers.

Bike Size
Bike Size

How are bike frames measured?

Manufacturers base the size of their bikes on the size of the frames. Generally this bike frame measurement is taken from the length of the seat tube.

The measurement starts from the top of the seat tube down to the centre of the bottom bracket.

However, the situation is confused by certain manufacturers measuring frame sizes differently and this may confuse a buyer on the question of what size bike do I need. For example many measure from the intersection of the top tube and seat post to the bottom bracket.

Lack of conformity

In a similar way and in a further lack of conformity, frame sizes can be quoted in centimetres, or inches and sometimes just as Small, Medium or Large. Mountain bike frames are almost always measured in inches as opposed to centimetres.

Our own bike frame size guide is based on the height of a person and is a good starting point for anyone looking to find the right bike size online, where sitting on the bike is not always possible. We suggest you take an accurate measurement of your height to help you determine what size bike frame would be best for you.

Inside leg measurement

For a more accurate bike size fit, particularly, when buying in a shop, knowing your inside leg measurement is a good idea. To find out what size bike frame you require, take the measurement of your inside leg and multiply it by 0.67. My inside leg measurement is 84cm, so my road bike frame size would be 56cm as 84cm x 0.67 = 56cm (rounded down). The calculation is different for other types of bikes.

Ape Index

Another factor that may be important in what bike size to choose especially if your measurements are caught in between two frame sizes is the measurement of your Ape Index (arm length or reach), which is your arm span minus your height. If you have a positive ape index then go for the larger frame size, if you have a negative ape index go for the smaller frame size.

Other factors, such as top tube length, seat position and crank length, also play a part in finding what bike size best suits your body and riding style, Measurements of torso and arm lengths for instance can help determines the ideal top-tube length, which some see as far more important in determining the correct bike frame size for a person.

Our bike frame size guide covers Road Bikes (male and female), Mountain bikes (male and female), Hybrid, Triathlon/TT, BMX and Kids bikes. We hope this blog article will help you find out what size bike you need.

What are your New Year’s Cycling Resolutions?

It has been a great year for cycling, you know why? Because Historic Toys was created! That’s why! But as Historic Toys goes into its second year of being online, it’s always a good idea to set New Year’s resolutions for the blog!

So what are Historic Toys ’s New Year’s Resolutions? They are…

Newyear Resolution
Newyear Resolution

1. Write more Cycling Articles

Historic Toys was pretty active there for a few months. I was posting or at least trying to post on a daily basis. But then I kind of slacked off a bit as the temperatures got colder – just as I have slacked off from cycling. I know, I know, that isn’t very cyclist of me but I just can’t stand the cold… But one resolution for this New Year is that I will write more on this blog. I’d like to post a new article each and every day Monday through Friday with Saturday and Sunday being the blog’s rest days (hahaha). So look for more articles about cycling to be posted soon!

2. Get more Guest Bloggers

Historic Toys isn’t just a me blog! I welcome other writers who want to post articles about cycling on this blog. We have had a couple of people who found us and wrote for us and they shared some pretty cool guest blog articles at that. However, it seems that a lot of people just doesn’t about our blog and therefore doesn’t know they can write for us. So I plan to market and promote the blog more, get into the blog writing community and find us some more guest bloggers. If you’re reading this and interested in guest blogging for us, check out our write for us page. Writing for us is free and you can even share a couple of links if you want to.

3. Get a Co-Blogger or Two

Like I said above, this isn’t a me blog or a blog that only I can write on. I welcome assistance from others who want to help. So while promoting the blog to find guest bloggers, I will also be looking for one to two cycling bloggers who are interested in staying on the blog as co-bloggers. A co-blogger will be a regular blogger on this blog meaning you can expect more than one cycling article from them. I would like to find co-bloggers who are interested in posting at least one article on this blog each week but the more articles they post, the better!

4. Get a New Look

I have been beta testing a new ‘theme framework’ for the blogging software we use here (WordPress). I really like it so far because I can use it on all my blogs but change colors and such to keep each one unique from the other. I plan to install and activate it on this blog really soon. It will have a more modern feel to it, be mobile-ready and include all sort of cool unique features. I hope to have this new look and feel up soon.

5. Stolen Bikes Directory

As you may know, I am working on a feature for this blog to enable you to report your bicycle as stolen on this blog. Once you report it as stolen, it will publish to the ‘stolen bikes’ page, Facebook and Twitter to help spread the word out about your bike being taken. My hopes is that it will help others see it, find your bike and get it back to you as quick as possible. If you’re a dedicated cyclist like me, then you likely have quite the expensive bicycle. Our bikes are our cars in many cases and we cannot just let people take them and get away with it. This feature will be available soon and it will also be 100% free to everyone. You won’t even have to join to report your stolen bike!

Thanks for reading about Historic Toys ’s New Year’s resolutions! I hope you enjoyed reading them and I hope you look forward to our changes. Please share this post with other to show me support for writing it.

Your turn! What are your New Year’s Cycling Resolutions?

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