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Bikes For Sale or Rent

OCBC is NOT a retail bike shop: we do bike-repair education, and that means we have repaired bikes for sale. We are eager to help folks get started, or re-started, cycling with a good, reliable bike that fits right. While we love projects like single-speeds, custom-built bikes are a bit beyond our scope for now, so we'll ask anyone who wants to do that to take the Shop Classes and learn to do it themselves. (That said, we do have a new flip-flop wheel that we can put on almost any road bike for an aditional $150)

We usually have a wide selection of styles and sizes of bikes for kids and adults, in a wide range of price levels. We provide the same service as a new-bike shop for choosing, test riding, fitting and equipping the best bike for your needs. All OCBC bikes have been thoroughly checked for safety and reliability by a trained volunteer mechanic and come with free adjustments for three months, but, being used, carry no warranty from the manufacturer or from OCBC as to durability or dependability.

Whether new or used, inexpensive bikes are not an economical choice for high mileage with minimal maintenance, or for hard riding, like hucking down drop-offs or riding through rivers. Depending on its intended use, a used bike may be the best choice for you; if not, we'll gladly point you toward the best new bike to suit your needs.

PLEASE NOTE: the OCBC is primarily dedicated to bike education, and since we are also committed to high mechanical standards for the bikes we sell, you may have to wait a bit for the bike you purchase to be fully refurbished. If the bike you choose can quickly be made safe and reliable, you may be able to ride it out the door, and we can give you a rain check on more extensive work that may need to be done. If not, and it is paid in full, we can give you a loaner of equal value, which is a regular benefit of membership. We'll then invite you to help with some of the easy work, if you want — it will not reduce the price (which is basically a donation to our education programs), but it will speed things up for you, and be fun and educational. Our goal is not to just get bikes out the door; but to get people riding bikes, and appreciating, and enjoying them. We've been pleased that so many folks so far have understood this, and hope you will too.

City Bikes:

These are the original version of what are now being marketed as "hybrid bikes." They feature turned-back, city (or "falcon") handlebars for an upright position; three, five or ten speeds; and are already equipped with fenders (and often with a rack). A city bike is a good compromise between speed and stability; comfort and responsiveness; and durability and economy. In this category we have many inexpensive models, several collectible classics, and a few newer "hybrids." Priced from $60 to $250, most around $100.

Road Bikes:

These bikes with dropped, road (or "ten-speed") handlebars and skinny tires offer the best aerodynamic position and lowest rolling resistance, for the fastest, most efficient ride. For touring, "sport-touring," or full-on racing bikes, OCBC can custom-equip a bike that will be as fast as a new bike for about 1/4 the price - the only difference is that the older bikes we have don't feature integrated brake/shift levers, which can be added for about $250, or you can opt for our re-engineered stem-to-bar-end shifters for $10. Most older road bikes with 27" wheels can also be adapted to 700c wheels, to make a quicker, lighter city bike. Priced from $90 to $350, most around $150.

Mountain Bikes:

Straight, mountain handlebars for good leverage and heavy-duty, long wheelbase frames and wider tires make these bikes slower, but ideal for riding on rough, loose surfaces, or for carrying heavy loads. Most do not have suspension forks or the newer, sealed bearings, so these may not be as good a choice for "technical" dirt riding as a new model, but a rigid fork is lighter and lower-maintenance, so they make great casual off-road cruisers, or, with smooth tires, very durable city bikes. Priced from $90 to $250, most around $150.

Kids' Bikes:

Mostly inexpensive BMX style (12, 16 or 20" wheel) bikes, these are not as indestructible as the newer street, flatland or dirt jumping bikes, but offer an inexpensive way to get kids riding, and come with an economical trade-up offer: within two years you can trade in an OCBC kids' bike, in reasonable condition, for a credit of half the price of the smaller bike when you get a larger size, until they stop growing! Priced from $10 to $150, most around $40. We also offer special kids’ memberships, to make their early cycling years safer, less mechanically troubled, and more fun. Also, see the How to Ride a Two-wheeler page under Riding Classes elsewhere on the website.

Each bike comes with:

  • Free adjustments for three months
  • Discounted Bike Ed Course - $25 instead of the regular $60
  • Free first class in our shop class series - Bicycle Basics
  • Free seat swap privileges
  • Discount on Crankmail newsletter subscription
  • Additional benefits for volunteering


We rent most all the bikes we have for sale, and some others: higher-end road and mountain bikes for racing and recreation which we reserve for this purpose for out-of-towners and other folks who may need a special bike for only occasional use, like a triathalon or Mt. bike race. Rental rates and terms:

Basic bikes are $5/hour, $20/day, $50 week, racing bikes are $10/hour, $35/day, $85 week. We require a rental agreement, and a deposit of the value of the bike ($50 to $1,500), which will be returned in full on return of the bike in reasonable condition, or in part to cover crash damage or dented wheels, or not at all if the bike is stolen. Lock, helmet, pump and basic tool kit, and lights, if necessary, are included. A valid ID and credit card or check for the value of the bike is required for deposit. We do not charge rental for days we are closed.

You may call or email to reserve a racing bike in your size, and if you'd like to match the fit of your own bike we'll ask for the measurement from the center of your bike's crank to the top of the seat at its widest point; from there to the center of the handlebar; and from there back down to the crank. We can install your pedals or seat if you bring them in, and let you try a couple bikes if you wish, so allow some time for fitting, equiping and a safety check — it's important that all rentals be running perfectly when they go out.

Depending on quality level and condition, OCBC bikes have been partially rebuilt or completely overhauled. Trade-ins are given a tax-deduction form for the actual cash value of the donation. Sorry, we don't buy bikes — try the ClevelandBikes?.org forum, or


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