The Complete Guide to Buying Used Bike Parts on eBay

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The Complete Guide to Buying Used Bike Parts on eBay

For the professional bicycle repairer or DIY expert there is an option from eBay to buy used bike parts as stand-alone items to replace the parts on an existing bike and avoid the expense of a new bike. If a bike is damaged or dented and needs repairing then used spare parts may be available to suit the bike. Similarly vintage and retro accessories and bike parts may be available to customise it and change the style, colour, frame or parts to look more individual with items bought separately or as a job lot.

When planning to buy used bike parts they may be slightly dented or rusty so this should be assessed. Similarly any damage, frozen parts or limitations, squeaks, ability to change gears and age of the tyres and tubes should be asked of the seller and whether the bike has ever been in an accident before committing to a purchase.

Individual used bike parts may include any of the following

  • Frames
  • Forks
  • Rims
  • Wheels
  • Handlebars
  • Pedals
  • Saddles and seatposts
  • Brakes
  • Vintage parts and more

    Those who know their carbon from their vintage and their ‘Barracuda’ from their ‘Vintage Lucas King of the Road’ and are interested in carbon, old school, retro or chunky for BMX, Mountain or other used bikes should then research the options on eBay.

    eBay offers used spare parts for:

  • Town Bikes
  • Tandem
  • Hybrid
  • Cruiser/Lowrider
  • BMX
  • eBay recommends that all the information is read from the seller about the used bike parts or frame and any potential limitations, damage or restrictions. This could ensure awareness of any immediate repairs or future costs which may arise.
  • The bike frame is the main stability and structure of a bike and is generally made from metal or polymer materials which will determine the cost and strength. If replacing only the frame from eBay to re-assemble an existing bike, or custom design a bike, flexible options are available to purchase either a used bike or a stand-alone used bike frame

    Those who are interested in purchasing used bike parts on eBay need to think about:

  • For what bike the parts are for in order to understand the right size
  • What roads or terrain are to be cycled on to determine the style and suitability
  • How the bike will be transported as this may affect the desired weight
  • The type of terrain to be covered as this may determine the shape of, for example, the bike frame that would suit.
  • The cyclist’s height would determine the type of frame, wheels and what they should be made from

    Bike Frames: Materials

    There are various different types of metal and strong materials from which the main bike frame is constructed which affect the strength, durability, weight, budget and weatherproof characteristics of the bike. The main bike frames are made from steel, aluminium, titanium, carbon fibre, thermoplastic or magnesium material.

    Bike Frame Material

    Description

    steel bike frame

    Strong, heavy and can offer shock-absorption varying in price from steel to alloy

    aluminium bike frame

    Rigid but not generally as strong as steel although can be lighter

    titanium bike frame

    Highly sought-after as light and strong but generally more expensive

    carbon bike frame

    Non-metal avoids rust, flexible to shape, light and strong but expensive and less robust

    Thermoplastic

    Plastic polymer moulded to a shape

    Magnesium

    Rarely produced but less strong than aluminium

    Getting the Bike Frame Size Right

    The frame and wheel sizes determine whether it is more suitable to a child, female or male cyclist.

    When standing astride the frame of a bicycle with the feet flat on the ground there should be an allowance of approximately 1” between the body and the top of the top tube. Children need to be able to stand with their balls of the feet on the ground and be able to reach the handlebars and the brakes for both comfort and safety. 

    The size of the bike frame needs to be assessed in order to avoid any discomfort and to allow full leg rotation with the use of the pedals. The cross bar is usually slanted forward diagonally for ladies to be able to mount easily. The seat should be able to increase or reduce in height and be adjustable. The saddle seat height must only be raised until the safety grooves appear to avoid weakening the shaft. An approximate guide to the suitable size of a bike is considered to be generally measured by the wheel size for children and the frame size and height for adults.

    Buying Bike Frames Separately on eBay

    Stand-alone bike frames can be bought or sold separately on eBay as the central metal or polymer structure without having to purchase the wheels, seat and axle.  They vary with different brand, materials and prices. The bike frame can be purchased as an independent item and can either be repaired by the parts buyer or potentially through a bicycle repair workshop. It is important to double-check that all the necessary spare parts are available, and, if not, many will be available on eBay to help reassemble the bike effectively and safely.

    Gears

    Bicycles are made either with gears or without. The physical effort contributed by the cyclist can be significantly reduced when ascending or descending hills if the gears can be changed.

    Gears can vary from road bikes not generally requiring gears covering flat hard road surfaces or recreation purposes to mountain bikes which generally have a wide range of gears for minimising the effort in ascending or descending sloping hills.  Many gears are available for separate purchase on eBay.

    Handlebars

    Handlebars can vary greatly in width and height and position or shape but are generally either raised or dropped. The lower position of the handlebars can change the centre of gravity of the cyclist to improve the streamlined position of the cyclists and cover long distances at speed. Most handlebars are slightly adjustable in terms of height and position to reach the cyclist’s comfort level.  

  • For racing bikes the handlebars are usually much lower than the saddle
  • For town bikes the handlebars tend to be much higher than the saddle

    Using Spare Parts for Bike Repairs

    It is helpful to use spare bicycle parts to help repair important to review the information listed from a used bike seller carefully and with particular reference to any frame damage, rusting chains or frozen parts which may involve repair work either by the cyclist or through an independent repair shop with additional costs.

    Budget Considerations

    Buying bike parts allows the most to be made of a bicycle by keeping it in good shape, and upgrading certain parts, one step at a time. This can be very helpful for those with a limited budget.

    Buying Used Bike Parts on eBay    

    eBay offers a wide variety of styles, prices and choices of frames and bicycle parts, both new and used, and separate parts for different uses of racing, commuting, leisure, sport and exercise or fun. The advantage of buying used bike parts is that it enables the cyclist to make repairs and upgrades cost effectively.

  • Payment and Search Options

    To search for bike frames, visit the bicycles portal. Alternatively the search box provided allows specific information to be typed in regarding the bike part requirements. For example the search box will enable a refined search to pinpoint the specific type or brand of bike frame or part of interest. Look at the photographs from all angles or ask questions about any areas that cannot be seen.

    Once comfortable with the product information it is time to consider how to purchase. The choices are firstly to place a bid in order to buy at auction by the date that they have advised if you are the highest bidder, to ‘Buy It Now’ if you would like to buy it immediately or to put down the ‘Best Offer’. Buying through PayPal will ensure the transaction proceeds directly between the seller and buyer. eBay users are protected by the Buyer Protection Programme

    It is recommended that you only purchase from sellers which are authorised through eBay. It can be convenient for both the seller and the purchaser if they are local to each other in proximity (so that the goods can be collected easily).

    Bundles are sometimes offered where the listing may include the specific main core product such as the bike frame with one or two accessories offered to be included and built-in to the purchase price

    Conclusion on Buying Used Bike Parts on eBay

    When choosing how to buy used bike parts on eBay the buyer must consider their individual needs for the quality, size and material of the parts that will match their existing bike. An expert’s opinion may need to be sought in a bicycle repair shop before any purchases are made to avoid future unknown costs. Spare parts can repair your existing bike or change the style, size or image to customise the bike to your individual preference.

    Any limitations to the used bike parts should be researched and assessed before any purchase is made.

    The frames tend to be made from different types of metal including steel, aluminium and titanium with varying degrees of strength and weights which must be assessed before parts are known.

    The buyer must check directly with the seller regarding any previous accidents, damage or limitation to the bike frame or parts being offered for sale.

    eBay offers a wide variety of flexible options for you to update, renew, or replace an existing bike or purchase a new or used bike and the guide and information to help you with your buying decision.

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