Top 5 Ways to Preserve the Value of Your Bicycle

Top 5 Ways to Preserve the Value of Your Bicycle

Our professional bike mechanics wrench on hundreds of bike a week and have provided us with a comprehensive list of bicycle value killers. Follow our rules below to ensure you get the most out of your bike when its time to upgrade. 

1. Do not sticker your bike

This is #1 on the list for a reason, you actually spend money to devalue your bike. By adding stickers to your bike, a buyer’s first impression can be ruined by unsightly decals or sticker residue. You can also damage your customer’s confidence in you; what damage are you hiding under the stickers? Just say no!

2. Proper maintenance

Just like servicing your car, basic maintenance goes a long way to preserve the value of your bike. Unmaintained cables, housing, brakes, shifters, and drivetrains are obvious to a prospective customer. No one wants to pay top dollar for a bike, only to have to put more work into it. Follow these simple maintenance tips to preserve your bike’s value:

  • After every bike ride, use a hose (not a power washer) to gently rinse away any dirt or mud from your last ride.
  • While not required after every ride, you will want to wash your bike with soap and water, getting in those little nooks and crannies. Be aware, water can wash away chain lube, so be sure to reapply!
  • Keep the drivetrain healthy. Clean it as often as possible, and use the right about of lube – not too much or too little, and always wipe off the excess.
  • Use the correct grease for alloy components and carbon paste for carbon components.
  • Grease pedal threads, bolts, and the seatpost (if it’s carbon use carbon paste) when installing to ensure nothing gets siezed.
  • Replace cables if they kink or fray and replace the cable housing if shifting begins to degrade. Ideally, this service should be done at least once a year.

3. Replace worn contact points and wear items

Looks matter. Contact points like grips and saddle, and wear items like tires take the hardest beating from normal use. Replace these commonly worn, inexpensive items prior to sale to improve the appearance and increase the value of your bike.



4. Install frame protectors

Apply frame protection to your headtube, chainstay, and anywhere the cables or chain may come in contact with your frame.

What starts as a minor scuff can become a serious scar. Over time cable housing and brake hoses can saw through carbon and aluminum frames. Even with a clutched derailleur, your chain will slap or suck into your chainstay, chipping paint away and even damaging a carbon frame. Some people will even go so far as to protect their entire frame from chips and scratches with clear bra style protective tape. Also, if you shuttle often on your mountain bike or carry your bike in a pick-up truck, a downtube protector can stop excessive wear from repeated rides on the tailgate. 

All of this is preventable, and a little foresight will help preserve your bike’s value. 

5. Use a torque wrench

Your expensive components are lightweight because they are made from carbon fiber, and are fragile. A common mistake we see is over-torquing bolts on seatposts and handlebars, causing cracked carbon, dramatically lowering the value of your bike. To avoid over-tightening, always use a torque wrench. This $20 tool can save you hundreds in the long run. 

Press Release: TPC Quality Assurance – Pre-Owned Bicycles



The Pro’s Closet launches Pre-Owned Bicycle Program – TPC Quality Assurance

BOULDER, Colorado // April 18, 2017: The Pro’s Closet is rolling out a new pre-owned bicycle program, coined “TPC Quality Assurance”. Already the largest online retailer of pre-owned bicycles, they aim to build upon their success by using TPC Quality Assurance to further improve the experience of buying and selling in the pre-owned marketplace. They hope to benefit not only customers looking to buy quality pre-owned bicycles, but vendors and manufacturers as well by providing a trusted resource for selling overstock and demo product.

“We are leveraging our expertise in the pre-owned marketplace to make the bike industry stronger.  Last year, we launched our Trade-UP program to support our retail partners.  Now, we’re launching TPC Quality Assurance to support manufacturers by streamlining their processes for managing their demo inventory while protecting their brand in the pre-owned space.  And we support our customers by raising the bar in terms of what they should expect from a used bike.  Everybody wins with this model,” says Nick Martin, Founder & CEO of The Pro’s Closet.

Benefits to Manufacturers

Every bike sold under the TPC Quality Assurance badge will be an exemplary representative of its respective brand. The Pro’s Closet has already partnered with several manufacturers and vendors to buy and sell their overstock and demo bikes. Not only are manufacturers able to easily manage demo inventory, but they can rest assured that The Pro’s Closet will service their bikes and support their brand and customers.   

“Selling our demos through TPC was an easy decision. We knew their detailed inspection and pro tune performed in their state-of the-art facility, plus their back end customer service would protect the Niner brand in the pre-owned marketplace,” says Aaron Martin, Director of Sales at Niner Bikes.

The Mechanic Process

TPC Quality Assurance is a complete process that begins the moment a bicycle arrives at The Pro’s Closet. Every pre-owned bike to be sold under the TPC Quality Assurance umbrella is given a comprehensive inspection and tune by a team of full-time, seasoned mechanics.


Bikes are photographed in great detail by a team of professional photographers in a state-of-the-art photo studio to ensure that every bike is accurately represented, and then inspected again by a sales team full of bicycle experts who list them for sale. Before shipping, every bike is carefully packaged and inspected one last time to ensure safe delivery.  This process ensures that both buyer and seller will know the exact condition of every bike available for sale, and that every bike from The Pro’s Closet will be safe and reliable.


With a dedicated team of customer service professionals, The Pro’s Closet can provide personal customer support seven days a week. This means, TPC Quality Assurance doesn’t end after a bike is sold. They will assist with any post sale issues or questions and ensure every customer is happy with their purchase.

The Pro’s Closet hopes that TPC Quality Assurance will inspire confidence in the pre-owned marketplace by allowing consumers, vendors, and manufacturers to buy and sell pre-owned product easily and with confidence.

Pre-Owned Bicycle Inspection & Tune – TPC Quality Assurance

We host the largest online pre-owned bike store in the world. Every bicycle found at has been serviced by our accomplished crew of professional year-round bicycle mechanics. Every issue has been diagnosed and recorded during our thorough inspection. If any bike does not meet our standards, we simply will not sell it.


Pre-Owned Bicycle Inspection – Outline

Frame Suspension Fork
Rear Suspension Derailleur Hanger
Front Hub Rear Hub
Front Rim Rear Rim
Spokes Front Tire
Rear Tire Crankset
Chainrings Crank Arms
Pedal Threads Cassette
Chain Stem
Front Derailleur Rear Derailleur
Bottom Bracket Handlebars
Front Brake Lever Rear Brake Lever
Front Shifter Rear Shifter
Rear Shifter Rear
Front Brake Caliper Rear brake Caliper
Front Brake Pads Rear Brake Pads
Shifter Cables Brake Cables
Shifter Housing Brake Housing
Hydraulic Fluid Seatpost
Grips Saddle


While an inspection may simply ease your mind, we want you to be excited! That’s why every bicycle we sell receives a full professional tune before being carefully packed for shipment.


Pre-Owned Bicycle Pro Tune – Outline

Deep clean and lubrication True and tension wheels
Lube or replace cables and housing Align derailleur hanger
Adjust front derailleur Adjust rear derailleur
Adjust or bleed brakes Damaged parts are serviced or replaced*

*Includes cables, housing, seat post, saddle, tires, grips/bar tape, brake pads


Now, go browse our TPC Quality Assurance pre-owned bicycle inventory and buy with confidence!

Outerbike Partners with The Pro’s Closet, ‘Trade-UP’

The Pro’s Closet becomes ‘Trade-UP partner’ for Outerbike events


The article was originally posted on Bicycle Retailer.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The Pro’s Closet is working with organizers of the Outerbike demo events to provide bicycle trade-up services to event participants. TPC will be at Outerbike in Moab, Utah, this fall and next spring to help provide valuations for used bike trade-ins, which can be redeemed at the participants’ local bike shop toward the purchase of a new bike.

Nick Martin, the founder of The Pro’s Closet, said, “The hardest part of buying a new bike is selling your old bike. Consumers at Outerbike are motivated to upgrade their bike, and we hope that having the Trade-UP program on site will make it even easier for them to part with their used bike.”

Outerbike co-founder Mark Sevenoff said the Trade-UP program offers a natural extension of Outerbike’s mission. “We wanted to bring the latest bikes to the people that were most interested in buying them, but selling your old stuff is still a difficult process. I’ve used The Pro’s Closet to sell my old bikes for years, and their newTrade-UP program is a great way to integrate the existing dealer networks that manufacturers use into the sales process.”

The Trade-UP Program rolled out to a handful of dealers at the end of last year, and is now extending nationwide. The company said dealers using the program have realized a return of up to four times the value of the traded-in bicycle.

Fall Outerbike will be returning to Moab from September 30 until October 2. Spring Outerbike is scheduled March 31-April 2, 2017. 

Bike shops interested in learning more about the Trade Up program can contact Justin England at Vendors interested in exhibiting at Outerbike should contact Sevenoff at