I mistakenly thought that the funky vibe of Recycled Cycles indicated generous trade in policy.Not so! Twice I was offered $25 credit for good well running bikes.One was actually a custom steel framed model that the owner spent over $2,000.00 building.They also quoted me very high “tune up” prices: $300.00 on another bike I brought in.So be forewarned this shop is geared for gear heads willing to pay high end prices for tweaked out machines.It is not a place for the people. Finally, their used bike selection in minimal and pricey.
Why were you selling a bike that you were not the owner of?
I’ve had an entirely different experience. I go to Recycled Cycles because of the friendly, knowledgeable service and fair prices — and as a relief from the geographically more convenient Green Lake bike shop that prefers “gear heads willing to pay high end prices for tweaked out machines,” as you say, tinzerillo.
I’ll add another opinion about recycled cycles. I’ve found them to be very helpful and customer focused. I bought a Kona commuter bike from them about 4 years ago (new). This year in January the frame cracked and the staff at Recycled Cycles were very helpful in getting a replacement frame under warranty from Kona, and charged a very reasonable fee for swapping components to the new frame.
I do most of my own basic maintenance and typically bring my bike in for more “major” work like maintenance to headsets, bottom brackets, wheel truing, wheel bearings, etc.. Their labor rates and “Tune-Up package costs” are posted in store. If your bike needed $300 of work, it was in need of a fair amount of work and replacement of worn out parts not a simple “tune-up”.
I’ve been a regular bike commuter for about 10 years. If your bike needs a tune-up and has worn chain, cassette, brakes etc.. It can easily hit $300 for labor and parts. I’ve had work done by REI, Mend, Gregg’s over the years. It was not difficult to hit $300 for a “tune-up”, especially if you ride consistently year-round.
Just my $0.02, but I’d vouch for the service, friendliness, and quality of the work by Recycled Cycles based on my experience any day.
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