Buy or sell a used bike, help a good cause

Buy or sell a used bike, help a good cause

Looking for a bike for the summer? You can buy a used bike — or sell one — and help a good cause at the same time.

Champaign Cycle is hosting its third Community Used Bike Sale this weekend. Ten percent of the sale price of the bicycles sold during the weekend will go to Habitat for Humanity.

Last year, the sale raised $6,500 for the organization, including 110 bikes sold at the sale and 27 bikes donated to Habitat, which later sold them.Blog Photo

The owners of the bikes set the selling price, and they receive the money from the sale, minus a 10 percent consignment fee that goes to Habitat for Humanity. Bike owners can also donate their bicycles to Habitat.

Peter Davis, owner of Champaign Cycle, came up with the idea “to benefit people who had bikes they didn’t want and people who were looking for a good used bike. I wanted it to also benefit our community and thought Habitat was an ideal beneficiary because they are a local charity, they provide a basis need (housing) to the people in our community, and they have the Restore to sell any left over donated bikes from the sale,” he said. “It’s been a good match.”

Champaign Cycle will inspect all bikes, and they will be in good operating condition. A checklist detailing the condition of each bike will be attached to the bike. Representatives from the bike shop will answer questions about the bikes for sale.

“There won’t be bikes at the sale that don’t have working brakes and gears and air in the tires,” Davis said.

However, the bikes’ owners, not Champaign Cycle, are selling the bikes, so there is no warranty from Champaign Cycle, Davis said.
The bike shop is accepting used bicycles for the sale. The bicycles must be in safe operating condition. Email the store at to reserve space at the sale for your bicycle.

The sale is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Champaign Cycle, 506 S. Country Fair Drive, Champaign.

Photo: Peter Davis, center, owner of Champaign Cycle, glances over the growing number of donated bicycles with his mechanic, Greg Glosser, and Heartland Bank's Marty Lubben as the bikes temporarily sit in storage space at the bank. Photo by Heather Coit/The News-Gazette

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chai35 wrote on May 17, 2012 at 11:05 am

Do you know if the sale is cash only or are credit/debit cards accepted?

Jodi Heckel wrote on May 17, 2012 at 11:05 am
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No credit or debit cards are accepted, since it is the bike's owner and not Champaign Cycle selling the bike.

Champaign Cycle told me that some sellers will take a personal check, and others will only take cash.