Our reconditioning system
How we refurbish all the bikes we sell
Our used bicycles are mechanically almost as good as new. A world apart from the second-hand bikes you might buy from a classified ad or on ebay, all cycles sold by Jake's Bikes are fully serviced and reconditioned to British Standard BS6102 and the CTC's safety standard, typically with new cables and brake blocks, and often with new tyres, new drivetrain or new wheels. Additionally, all used bikes come with an anti-theft certificate, a free tune-up after 2 weeks, and a 6-month warranty (unless otherwise stated).
"Just wanted to say how pleased I've been with the customer service at Jake's bikes - I bought a bike a few months ago and my girlfriend bought one today. Both times Yael talked us through the options amazingly well and gave us so much useful information. I will recommend Jake's to anyone who wants to buy a second hand bike in Bristol - best customer service in the city!"
Adam Corner, Bristol
The process starts with a dirty, unserviced and sometimes quite broken bike. Most of our bikes come from Police auctions in London. We also accept trade-ins and sometimes buy bikes privately, provided they meet our strict anti-theft criteria.
The bike's frame number is noted, and checked against the CheckMend online database of stolen bikes
Provided the bike has not been reported lost or stolen, we then check the condition of all major components, and use our valuation tool to assess whether the repairs will be financially viable
If the work is worthwhile, the bike is stripped of most of its components, and everything is cleaned and thoroughly checked again. The frame, fork and wheels are polished and checked for cracks and other damage. At this point a more thorough examination of bottom bracket bearings, wheel bearings etc. can take place.
Any worn out or damaged parts are replaced. If we're lucky this might just be consumable parts such as cables, brake blocks or tyres, but often we also need to replace the bottom bracket, headset, or chain, cassette and sometimes chainrings. Anything that is excessively worn and cannot be reconditioned is replaced.
Both wheels are thoroughly checked and hand-retrued. Of course the condition of the bearings in the hubs is important, but also the wheel rims themselves can wear out from braking, so these are checked (using a German dentist's gauge!) If worn out, the wheels are replaced
The bike is reassembled, using new or replacement reconditioned parts where necessary
A bell and the full complement of reflectors are fitted. This isn't legally necessary for used bikes, but we like to bring our bikes up to the same standard as new bikes
The final adjustments and checks are done, and the bike is test-ridden. The purchaser will receive a copy of the completed checklist, showing the condition of the bike when it arrived, exactly what work was carried out, and what parts were replaced.
The bike is photographed and a sale price for the bike is calculated using our valuation tool, based on the original price of the bike when new, its age, and its current condition having been refurbished. The bike is then listed on the website, and automatically sent to customers on our bike finder database.
Please pop in any time during our opening hours to view the bikes listed on the website. If you would like to take one for a test ride, please bring a credit/debit card or cash to leave as a deposit.
Because all our bikes are fully stripped, cleaned, serviced and rebuilt, nowadays we almost never have any used bikes for below about £150. Most are priced between £200 and £350, and would have been anything from £350 to £800 bikes when new. The full strip and rebuild service detailed above is worth £100, and some of the bikes have over £100 worth of new parts, so they represent excellent value for money.
We do not currently sell children's bikes, sorry.