ABOUT BUYING BICYCLES
Green Light Bicycle Shop buys *some* bicycles.
The main determining factor is whether or not it is sellable in the shop.
The other factors are: Space - storage or salesfloor, age, and condition.
High quality bicycles with missing/broken parts are desireable.
IF THE BICYCLE YOU WISH TO GET RID OF IS A BIG BOX STORE BIKE PLEASE READ:
In order to maintain a good reputation, I will not buy the very lowest quality bicycles of any era.
It makes no sense to restore one of these bicycles only to be able to sell for $30 or so, as they do on the open marketplac.
Big box stores are not in the bicycle business. What they are selling are disposable toys cleverly shaped as bicycles. They do not sell them properly tuned. Nearly all of them have super tight hubs that were not adjusted upon assembly. Even if one of their bikes is new, I will not take it for the shop. My business will not benefit if I sell their bikes, which are poorly made and unsafe.
My mission is to provide bicycles to people that they will enjoy. I do sell cheap Chinese bicycles, but these models such as Sun brand are properly tuned and a step or two above the lowest quality bicycles out there. As a bicycle shop, and not a big box store, I must uphold standards that other bicycle shops have, and strive to sell the better product.
For advice on how to appraise bicycles, I'm always happy to help.
BICYCLES OR PARTS WITH NO VALUE, OR 'SCRAP' BIKES PLEASE READ:
Steel scrap is 1.5-3c per pound. This means that, in order to recycle a bicycle, someone has to remove the rubber and plastic from the steel, store it until there is enough to fill the truck, bring the scrap to Chicopee or Holyoke, and throw it in their pile. Per bike, the payout for this is less than a quarter. I'm happy to take your scrap bike and recycle it - this is a service I provide, however, if it is not already processed for scrap, a $20 fee will be charged to take your unwanted bicycle. This covers the labor involved in removing the plastic and rubber from the recycle-able frame and parts.
Please - do not ever abandon an unwanted bike at the shop. You may abandon them at the Town Transfer Station on Hamilton St.
Call (413)336-7076 with any questions you may have!