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Where to buy used bikes in Chicago

Find high-quality used bikes in Chicago for a fraction of the price of new bicycles at these local shops

Working Bikes Cooperative
Photograph: Monica Eng Working Bikes Cooperative
By Jourdan Fairchild and Laura Rote |

Quality used bikes in Chicago can be hard to find, but we know where to look. And while new bikes are wonderful, they're expensive, and we're always looking for ways to save a dime at some of our favorite shops. Budget-minded cyclists can find top-notch brands, along with all kinds of bike accessories at these local stores.

Where to find used bikes

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A Nearly New Shop

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Whether you need an affordable used bike that no one else has or a quick fix to your own beloved two wheels, this Uptown shop can help. Shop for vintage Schwinns (1971 raspberry Schwinn for $200, anyone?), Columbia Trailheads and more. Note: It's cash only.

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West Town Bikes

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Since 2004, West Town Bikes in Humboldt Park 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 get your bike serviced.

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Working Bikes Cooperative

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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. You’ll find a range of styles and brands (Schwinn, Diamondback) here, along with new and used accessories, hard-to-find parts and gear.

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Boulevard Bikes

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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. 

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The Recyclery Collective

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

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Blackstone Bicycle Works

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Every Saturday, a new batch of refurbished bikes goes on sale at this South Side shop. You can also pick up new and used parts. Have a youngster in your life? Check out the free Blackstone Bicycle Works Youth Education Program for kids age 9 to 16 years old.

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Play It Again Sports

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This sporting goods chain sells new and gently used equipment, including bikes. A huge bonus: The shop also buys your gently used equipment, offering you a choice of cash on the spot or a discount on new equipment.