Thrift Stores – A Source For Cheap Bike Parts

Thrift Stores – A Source For Cheap Bike Parts

I was working on a Terry Susan B bike, and thought I was about done. I pumped up the tires and found a bunch of cracks from dry rot. I found some similar tires on Amazon, but they were $25-30. So I checked my stash of parts. I have tires I have taken off other bikes, or found other places like flea markets, garage sales, and thrift stores. I found a pair of Kenda Kwest tires I bought at Goodwill for $4.99. The tires were like new. I had bought them a couple months earlier with no specific plans. I figured I might find a use for them. And I did. I find lots of bike parts in thrift store. Tires, wheels, seats, pedals, etc. But also stuff like indoor trainers, and bike racks.


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  1. b xpress6 on June 23, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    I got two 26" mountain bike tires (Blackburn) for $40 at Walmart..says made with little bit stronger materials..some stores not stock them..I had to check another Walmart til I found them

  2. Hey Now LS on June 23, 2022 at 9:56 pm

    On craigslist list too. Cheap parts.

  3. Daniel on June 23, 2022 at 9:58 pm

    Great tip, I always actively look for bike stuff when I’m at the thrift store!

  4. Timothy M on June 23, 2022 at 9:59 pm

    I do the same thing! Here in Washington, thrift stores are also awesome for seats, I regularly find great seats floating around on the sports shelves for less than half of what a bike shop would charge. Found a little bag of new shifters, brakes and some drivetrain parts for $7, I have been finding just the right part in that bag for months:)

  5. Learning with Mr Jay on June 23, 2022 at 10:00 pm

    Lately I have been finding cheap seats, some tires and decent old 90s bikes in decent shape, I go to wealthy neighborhood thrift stores.

  6. Eurobubble70 on June 23, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    also a good source for stolen bike parts. if you buy without an original receipt shown, you encourage bike theft.

  7. Greg Merner on June 23, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    I really wanted to see the new tires on the the bike!

  8. ratrod diesels on June 23, 2022 at 10:04 pm

    will gravel bikes be the next trend in bikes ?

  9. John Smithers on June 23, 2022 at 10:04 pm

    I actually found a pair of giant roller tires and a 20" marathon plus at a goodwill

  10. Smo-Guiver on June 23, 2022 at 10:05 pm

    The last bike I picked up was a small Cannondale roadbike frame with no wheelset or saddle but was loaded with all Campagnolo components for $5 at a yard sale. When my wife asked why I wanted it I told her I just bought someone’s "snob" bike for $5!

  11. Deo Persad on June 23, 2022 at 10:08 pm

    I got some good parts from place’s and use them on things, I got a bike fixed and painted, and will sell it after I do more adjusting on it 😀👍🏻

  12. Frasereder236 on June 23, 2022 at 10:10 pm

    4 bucks thats a steal!

  13. Brian Chisnell on June 23, 2022 at 10:10 pm

    A couple of things RJ. First, love your shirt. Gets comments. Love your channel. Has heiped me tremendously on my old Schwinn 10 speeds. Nut and bolt resto’s on my Sports Tourer and Super Sport. Both ’71’s and both Sierra Brown. I just love living in the past. Cheers to you!

  14. Donjerome Pastrana on June 23, 2022 at 10:11 pm

    I’m just watching you 3 years

  15. The Ephemeral Glade on June 23, 2022 at 10:12 pm

    You know, RJ, you are THE MAN when it comes to cycling for ordinary people. I have benefited so greatly from your tutorials using DIY tools. No, you DON’T need the $100+ Park blah-blah-blah tool to get it done. You help ensure that bikes are for the PEOPLE. Thank you for what you do. Maybe you could say the word, "aaand", a little less, lol.
    Love, Always,

  16. Carlos Figueroa on June 23, 2022 at 10:15 pm

    hey RJ, a brifter can be repaired?

  17. Ron Cooke on June 23, 2022 at 10:16 pm

    I do the same all the time more guys should do this Great video

  18. Pain Hasgotchyu on June 23, 2022 at 10:18 pm

    This guy’s saved my days so many times thanks dude

  19. James Ragus on June 23, 2022 at 10:18 pm

    BikeNashbar, , sometimes they have good deals on tires. Enjoy the videos, glad to see you back at it! Enjoy the rest of the evening!

  20. Kristian Ivanov on June 23, 2022 at 10:20 pm

    RJ please help I have a 2×6 speed vintage road bike Murray eliminator can I use 2×8 brake shifters without using the last 2 gears or I have to change other parts to please help 😢

  21. Dino B. on June 23, 2022 at 10:22 pm

    Guys, visit your local flea markets.

  22. i dont know what i should call my channel on June 23, 2022 at 10:23 pm

    The thrift store in my town had one 16 in kids bike (which is pretty much the only bikes they have at any given time) was horribly beat up and rusty with dry rotted tires and they wanted like 60 dollars for it. Greedy greedy people

  23. J Campbell on June 23, 2022 at 10:23 pm

    Good advice thanks!

  24. EpicDragonz on June 23, 2022 at 10:24 pm

    Hi RJ! Been watching your videos recently and theyve helped me fix up my dad’s old bike a lot! I had a quick question regarding a new bicycle that I just purchased. It is a Supercycle Radex 26 and it has a 9×7 gear system, where there are 9 settings for only 3 front gears. I was wondering if you have encountered any bikes like this and whether they work differently from the normal 3×7 system? Im finding it makes slight adjustments to the friction while Im riding but I havent been able to get comfortable using it yet. Thanks!

  25. RJ The Bike Guy on June 23, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    For more bike repair videos hit the subscribe button 🛑 and click the notification bell ►

  26. Royal James on June 23, 2022 at 10:26 pm

    Nothing but good knowledge and words of wisdom to pass on towards your brothers and sisters thank you RJ and all my brothers and sisters sharing and showing love in our journey

  27. Friendroid on June 23, 2022 at 10:27 pm

    Step 1: live in a capitalist economy with high consumerist tendency

  28. Simon Parker on June 23, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    we call them charity shops in the UK, generally full of genuinely useless stuff and no bike parts, car boot sales are OK though and there is a local charity who leave unwanted parts outside. You can no longer take tyres to the landfill here so they end up in next doors garden LOL

  29. J P on June 23, 2022 at 10:29 pm

    Also check out your town’s bike co-op. They have tons of selection at bargain prices.

  30. Hoang Nguyen Dinh on June 23, 2022 at 10:30 pm

    hello. how do you clean and store tools and parts? I used a degreaser, and water to clean, old clothes wipe out the water and put them in front of a fan so they would be dry. But rust still showed up.

  31. Georgy Porgy Pudding 'N Pie on June 23, 2022 at 10:30 pm

    large people always put on big bum springer seats and I scored tons of mint take off seats of all flavors for a cool $5 at any thrift shop. Bet I still have a few in my trunk now if I looked with the tags still on. when flipping bikes…seats, grips, and bar wrap are things that start to add up and kill profit. Walmart sells BELL branded chains for $10 for 6,7,8 speed bikes. new chain is pimp after cleaning the drivetrain.

  32. jay Dee on June 23, 2022 at 10:31 pm

    I spotted a decent bike at a thrift store in the middle of the week. Saturday was 10%. Got the idea to make it unwanted by hiding the front tire in another part of the store. Saturday came, and I went back. Found the tire, but the rest of the bike was gone. Turns out my plan to make it unwanted got it tossed in the trash. Oh well, they sold me the front tire real cheap.

  33. Frank Ladd on June 23, 2022 at 10:33 pm

    Where are you? I’ve never seen any bike parts or tires in a thrift store in North Carolina.

  34. A E on June 23, 2022 at 10:34 pm

    Ironically after years of happily fixing bikes, I’ve just got a job in a "thrift store" bike department, and we’re desperately short of spare parts…

  35. ETthe BikemanNL on June 23, 2022 at 10:34 pm

    Nice tip, we call these shops in the Netherlands: kringloopwinkels

  36. Jeff Venegas on June 23, 2022 at 10:36 pm

    Good tip. Thanks very much.

  37. Dr Bob Johnson on June 23, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    RJ Strikes again, nice work. I find best way to utilize thrift stores is when you are out and about, know where the thrift stores are near you. Most of the time I go in I do not buy anything but I have not really gone much out of my way to get there. When good stuff comes in likely will go fast so if you are able to go frequently it helps. These days with the internet craigs list, offer up and similar is a good way to find free and cheap stuff. Like RJ and other viewers commented, I don’t just go in for bikes and bike parts, you just see what you find. Half of the score is finding a part, the second score is like in this video when you put the part to use. A while back found a basically brand new 700 wheel set with tires matching to the rim tubless system. came with an 11 speed cassette. Paid about $70 for the full wheel and tire set, which is basically the price of one of the panaracer gravel tires that came on it

  38. Brandon Cooper on June 23, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    Glad to see you are still uploading RJ, I have your videos playing in the background while I’m tinkering. You are like the Bob Ross of cycling.

  39. Orbital Cooker on June 23, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    RJ, was the victim of wrong dimensions listed on a Bucklos rigid fork on Amazon. Measures 450mm from bottom of fork to bearing race area, too short for a mountain bike. I would like to use a spacer to still use it but…how do I get around then being no raised portion on tube for bearing race? Wanting to put a spacer on the bottom of the fork. Got any ideas?

    Edit…looks like I need a extended headset so no spacer required

  40. CabinVibe Etsy Store on June 23, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    NEW Sub – Thanks for the great content ! LIKED

  41. thesmf1210 on June 23, 2022 at 10:39 pm

    $5 for two tires, bargain

  42. QuickDIY on June 23, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    Found a park tool pedal wrench

  43. User User on June 23, 2022 at 10:43 pm

    The best way to use thrift stores for bike parts is to buy the whole bike and strip it down into components. I rarely find parts other than seats and tubes at thrift stores

  44. Recio on June 23, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    I wasnt searching for this. I found it cause I am subscribed. It was helpful as I have let this happen to me before so thank you

  45. John Daly on June 23, 2022 at 10:46 pm

    RJ- those tires are awesome. I have a set of Kenda Kwest on my commuter hybrid. They have over 1,500 miles on them, mixed surface riding including cobblestones and never left me flat. I wish Kenda still made them. That’s a steal on a brilliant tire!!

  46. Alberto Serna on June 23, 2022 at 10:47 pm

    Down here the dumps & metal recycling centers, you can find bike parts.some pawn shops have deals.

  47. fat guy in a basement on June 23, 2022 at 10:49 pm

    Bike tires are just like shoes, if they dont get used they deteriorate. Gotta use them to keep the elasticity to them.

  48. Rick C on June 23, 2022 at 10:51 pm

    local thrift shop has a bin of about 15 700c tubes for $1 each…

  49. victor vnl on June 23, 2022 at 10:52 pm

    Use shoe polish to make those cracks disappear!

  50. Ivans Bikes Bmws on June 23, 2022 at 10:52 pm

    Kenda quests are good. Have them on my bike.

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