Where to buy a used bike

Buying a bike shouldn't break the bank. Here's where to find top-quality used bikes in Chicago for a fraction of the price of a new one

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Photograph: Martha Williams
Boulevard Bikes
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Photograph: Emily Madigan
The Recyclery Collective
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Photograph: Monica Eng
Working Bikes Cooperative
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Photograph: Emily Madigan
A Nearly New Shop
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West Town Bikes

New bikes are wonderful, don't get us wrong. But in a city where, eventually, you are guaranteed to get your bike stolen, sometimes it doesn't pay to have that new-bike smell. Budget-minded cyclists can find top-notch brands, along with all kinds of bike accessories, at these used bike shops.

Boulevard Bikes

Critics' pick

Head to Logan Square to discover an assortment of great used bikes made by Bianchi, KHS, Redline, Soma, Torker (for kids), as well as Burley and BOB trailers and Xtracycle cargo equipment. Or bring in your bike for a quick and easy tune-up. Check the shop’s website for what’s available before you go.

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Logan Square

A Nearly New Shop

Critics' pick

Looking for a awesome, affordable used bike that no one else will be riding? How about a quick, easy spot to get your bike fixed? Head to this Uptown shop for vintage Schwinns (1971 raspberry Schwinn for $200, anyone?), Columbia Trailheads, repairs and more. Note: it's cash only.

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Uptown

The Recyclery Collective

Critics' pick

This educational bike shop is a nonprofit that promotes sustainability by providing tools, skills and opportunities for local cyclists to collaborate with one another. To buy an affordable, high-quailty used bike (Scwhinn, etc.), visit the shop on Saturday mornings.

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Rogers Park

West Town Bikes

What makes West Town Bikes in Humboldt Park so special? Since 2004, this community bicycle learning workshop has offered bike-mechanic workshops, youth programs for underserved populations and special events for community members. Stop by the retail shop (Ciclo Urbano) to browse its selection of new and used bikes and accessories or to get your bike serviced.

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West Town

Working Bikes Cooperative

Critics' pick

Buy a bike from this Pilsen shop and you’ll be giving to a good cause. The organization behind this storefront rescues and refurbishes bikes to distribute them to people in need all over the world. Within the shop you’ll find a range of styles and brands (Schwinn, Diamondback), along with new and used accessories, hard-to-find parts and gear.

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Little Village

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