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I'd like to buy some used bike components. I don't want to shop online. But I don't want to have to travel too far to make my purchase.

Do bike shops that sell used bicycles normally also sell used parts?

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Why don't you want to buy online? Pinkbike and eBay have very good used parts sections. –  cmannett85 Jan 16 '13 at 8:18
Yes. Many cities have some form of bike co-op which offers shared workshop space, tools and advice (e.g. - these will generally act as an exchange for used bikes and parts too. Your local bike shop will almost certainly be able to point you in the right direction. –  Unsliced Jan 16 '13 at 9:22
It will depend on the shop. My local go-to for used parts will only resell a used part if it looks generally unused and didn't come off of a bike that had been wrecked (to prevent faulty parts from causing another wreck.) The risk of buying used parts online is that there is no real quality control. –  WTHarper Jan 16 '13 at 18:25
Actually, many shops that do repairs will have a small cache of used parts, depending on what you want. This is often true of shops that mainly sell new bikes -- it's the presence of the repair shop, and how "deep" it is, that determines what, if any, used parts may be available. –  Daniel R Hicks Jan 16 '13 at 20:36
One does wonder why you'd want such parts used. You might, eg, get some "standard" pedals from a bike where the purchaser wanted clipless, but bottom brackets wouldn't likely be removed unless defective, nor would brake rotors (unless you're dealing with a "chop shop"). And buying used cables is just stupid -- new ones are cheap. –  Daniel R Hicks Jan 17 '13 at 2:40

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Short answer: yes.

Long answer: You might not find what you are looking for at a shop. I would seriously suggest checking online. Three reasons:

  1. There are hundreds of models/sizes/configurations of bike parts. The part(s) that you are looking for will need to match the parts/bike you already have. The likelihood that your local bike shop has the exact part you need is pretty low.

  2. Bike parts are a lot like cars. They depreciate pretty quickly. If a bike store is going to stock parts, they want to stock new stuff that will make them more profit.

  3. Bikes are pretty self service. There are a lot of individual people capable of replacing their own parts. That means there are a lot of people with spare used parts for sale.

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They likely have "extra" bike parts around that are scavenged from bikes that were unrepariable, just be sure you know what your getting. There likely isn't any warranty included on used equipment, so if it was a "distressed" part that finally breaks a week after you've been using it, you be replacing it again. If you trust the bike shop and it is a reputable store that's been around for awhile, you should be fine. Nothing wrong with used parts, just so it fits and works correctly for its intended design, and doesn't appear to have been abused or been on a bike that was not maintained or has been wrecked.

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Yes, but you should call first to make sure.

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