Upcycles Bike shop is not a thrift store or a bike flipper. We are a bicycle remanufacturer. We build the eight models of bikes below, constructing them from quality used frames and parts. All of our bikes are a pleasure to ride, simple, and durable.  All come with our standard, one-year warranty.

If we do not have a model of bike in your size fully refurbished, you may pick out a untouched bike for a standard build or a frame and parts for custom build with your special flourishes. We will keep a fleet of test ride bikes so you will know what you are getting if you order us to build a bike not yet in stock. Remember the cardinal rule of the bike business, "Strong, light, cheap: pick two." I have tried to break down the trade-offs a little further below. All of our bikes should make you feel like you are flying, but the subtle differences are worth considering and comparing.

Riding position: speed vs. comfort. Low, dropped racing handlebars are more aerodynamic, allowing greater speed. But most riders find the upright position more immediately comfortable for the first 25 miles or so. There is, therefore, a trade-off between comfort and speed. Dropped handlebars begin gaining the advantage for rides longer than 25 miles, since they offer a greater number of hand positions.

Liveliness: speed vs. stability.  Lighter wheels and narrower, smoother tires are faster because they produce less rolling resistance, while wider ones are more stable because they are less affected by bumps in the road. knobby tires are necessary only for riding on loose dirt, gravel or snow. Mechanical friction differences between bikes are almost undetectable, although bikes with external (derailleur) gearing systems lose A LOT of mechanical efficiency if allowed to collect dirt and grime.

Versatility:  the lightest, fastest bikes are stripped down to the barest essentials, while with fatter tires offer more comfort, wider gear options conquer steeper hills, accommodations for fenders and racks make all weather riding with luggage load more feasible.

Maintenance interval is our estimate based on riding 50 miles a week on asphalt, you will need to clean more frequently is you ride the towpath or off-road dirt and gravel. Longevity is mostly a function of drive train (chain, gears and gear shift mechanisms) vulnerability to dirt, grit and grime. The more that moving parts are exposed to whatever the tires are throwing up, the more grit the parts will accumulate, causing them to drag more and wear out sooner.

Hybrid Bikes

(14-27 Speed Derailleur)

$299

These versatile bikes excel for comfort and climbing.

Frame: Chromoly steel or aluminum

Cranks: Alloy cotterless

Front Gears: derailleur 2-3 chainrings

Rear Gears: derailleur 7-, 8-, or 9-speed with indexed twist shifters or  friction thumb shifters
Wheels & Tires: Cassette freehub, alloy rims, stainless steel spokes, and choice of street tires (26" or 700c × 32-45 mm)

Brakes: Alloy cantilever or V-brake calipers with mountain hand levers
Contact points: Flat handlebars with rubber grips & touring saddle

Weight: 26-30 lbs

Cleaning every: 1-2 months

Tune-up every 6 months

Variations: Disc Brakes +$50; Push-button Indexed shifters +$30; handbuilt wheels +$70; Freewheel hub -$25; High-end suspension fork +$50-90; 

Road Bikes

(12-27 Speed Derailleur) 

$299

These fast, light bikes excel at speed and liveliness. Great for keeping up with hard-core riders!

Frame: Chromoly steel or aluminum
Cranks: Alloy cotterless

Front Gears: derailleur 2-3 chainrings

Rear Gears: derailleur 7-, 8-, or 9-speed with friction down tube shift levers
Wheels & Tires: Cassette freehub, alloy rims, stainless steel spokes and customer choice of tires (700c × 23-32 mm)

Contact points: Alloy drop handlebars with black rubber wrap & black racing saddle
Weight: 19-22 lbs (53 cm)

Cleaning every: 1-2 months

Tune-up every 6 months

  

Variations: Disc Brakes +$50; Integrated brake/shifters +$90-150; Indexed bar-end shifters +$50; Handbuilt wheels +$70; Freewheel hub -$25; Handbuilt frame + >$100;

 

Commuting/Urban Bikes

City (3 Speed Internal)  

$249

The ultimate urban ally, these super reliable bikes work day-in, day-out in all weather with minimal maintenance.  We set them up with fenders and chain guard to keep your clothes cleaner when riding.

Frame: Steel lugged or Schwinn welded frame and fork

Cranks: Steel cottered crank arms, single chainring

Gears: Sturmey-Archer 3 speed internal gear hub with indexed trigger shifter
Wheels & Tires: Tubular steel (strong) or alloy (light) rims, and black tires (650 × 35 mm) 
Brakes: Alloy or steel sidepull calipers with mountain hand levers

Contact points: Steel all-rounder handlebars with black rubber grips & touring saddle

Includes: Steel fenders and chainguard

Weight:30-35 lbs (53 cm)

Tune-up/cleaning every: 12 months

Metro (8 Speed Internal)  

$499 

Same advantages as the 3-speed, but with a wide enough range to gears to ride anywhere you could go on a derailleur hybrid (well, technically James can only vouch for this type of bike for 200 hilly miles, because that is the farthest he has ridden one in one day...)

Frame: Chromoly steel frame

Cranks: Alloy cotterless crank arms, single chainring

Gears: Shimano or Sturmey Archer-8 speed internal gear hub with indexed grip shifter
Wheels & Tires: Double wall alloy rims with stainless steel spokes and black tires (700C × 35 mm)
Brakes: Alloy dual-pivot calipers with mountain hand levers

Contact points: Alloy city bar, black rubber grips & black touring saddle
Weight: 28-32 lbs (53 cm)

Tune-up/cleaning every: 12 months

Urban Bike Variations: Disc Brakes +$50; Push-button Indexed shifters +$30; Indexed bar-end shifters +$50; Handbuilt wheels +$70;

 

Fixed Gear/Single-Speed Bikes


$299

See the rants elsewhere on this site about fixed gears...

Frame: Chromoly Steel frame and fork

Cranks: Alloy cotterless crank arms, single chainring

Gears: Single speed freewheel and/or fixed (with flip-flop hub) 
Wheels & Tires: Alloy rims, stainless steel spokes and customer choice tires (700c × 23-32 mm)

Brakes: Alloy sidepull calipers with mountain hand levers
Contact points: Flat or drop handlebar with black rubber wrap & racing saddle
Weight: 22-27 lbs (53 cm)

Tune-up/cleaning every: 12 months

Variations: Handbuilt wheels +$70;

Upvalued Bikes

As reliable and comfortable as their more expensive counterparts, at the cost of greater weight and slower performance.

Neighborhood (1 Speed)

$90

Frame: Steel frame and fork

Cranks: Steel one-piece crank arms, steel chainring(s)

Gears: 1 speed with coaster brake
Wheels & Tires: Alloy front rims with hand brake and black tires (26" × 1.75"-2.125") 
Contact points: Cruiser handlebars with black rubber grips & wide saddle

Weight: 30-35 lbs (53 cm)

Tune-up/cleaning every: 12 months

Errand (3 Speed)

$150

Frame: Steel frame and fork

Cranks: Steel one piece crank arms, steel chainring(s)

Gears: Shimano 3 speed internal gear hub with indexed trigger shifter
Brakes: Steel hand brakes or front hand brake and rear coaster brake

Wheels & Tires: Steel rims and black tires (26" × 1-3/8") 
Contact points: Steel all-rounder handlebars with black rubber grips & black touring saddle

Tune-up/cleaning every: 12 months

Weight: 30-35 lbs (53 cm)

Derailleur Road or Mountain Bike

$150

Frame: Steel frame and fork

Cranks: Steel crank arms,

Front Gears: derailleur 2-3 chainrings

Gears: 5-14 speed with indexed twist shifters or friction stem shifters
Wheels & Tires: Steel wheels and street tires (26" or 27" × 1.25"-2") 
Brakes: Steel hand brakes

Contact points: Steel handlebars with black rubber wrap & touring saddle

Cleaning every: 1-2 months

Tune-up every 6 months

Weight: 30-35 lbs (53 cm)

Labor charges:

We build the above models of bikes for the stated prices. We weed out extremely scruffy bikes, so these prices are for rust-free, attractive, guaranteed riders. If you want indexed shifting, special shifters, special handlebars, upgraded wheels, fenders, racks, powder coating, we will add the parts and installation labor cost to the above prices, rather than just rolling the extras into the same low cost bike. We never charge to swap tires or install to install kickstands, bottle cages or simple lights you buy from us.

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Hours: 10 am - 6 pm

Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

Closed Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday

Upcycles Bike Shop measures to provide a safe store environment

We are aware of the growing concern surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ohio. Bike shops are classified as an essential transportation business under the Ohio Department of Health's Stay-at-Home order, so our store will remain open to the public. We are working diligently to provide the products and services you need, while keeping our store environment as sanitary and safe as possible.

 

Our employees are required to wear face masks, wash their hands between each customer interaction.