Secondhand Cycles

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Secondhand Cycles

Secondhand Cycles

Started in 2014, Secondhand Cycles is Bike Temple's bicycle surplus program.

Rather than watching the abandoned bicycles on campus be hauled off for scrap, the Secondhand Cycles program sorts through the bicycles to see which ones can be repaired to rideable condition once again. These bicycles are then sold back to students for $100 or less at several sales events throughout the year.

The money raised is put back into Bike Temple to support and expand programming.

Bicycles are only sold during planned events. Announcements of all Temple Secondhand Cycles sales are sent out by email via the Bike Temple listserv before each event. To be added to the list, please contact Ricky at

Here are a few things to remember about purchasing through Secondhand Cycles:

  • Only current Temple students are eligible to purchase from Secondhand Cycles. This offer does not extend to faculty, staff or alumni
  • All bicycles are sold "as-is"
  • Bicycles are sold on a first-come, first-served basis until supplies are exhausted
  • Transactions must be completed using Diamond Dollars. You can check your balance or add to your account at Secondhand Cycles cannot under any circumstances accept cash, credit, checks, or money orders.

More about the program:

Throughout the year, Campus Safety collects, removes and stores bicycles that have been locked illegally to ADA handrails, fire exits, and other important points of access. If a bicycle is registered through the TUPD's bike registration program, then the owner is contacted and reunited with their bicycle. Unregistered bicycles are tagged and held for a minimum period of one year.

Additionally, the Grounds Department monitors bicycles that are left on campus. Once a bicycle has been identified as "abandoned", usually through the occurance of piece-by-piece theft, the bicycle is removed and held for a period of one year.

If the bicycles collected remain unclaimed for a period greater than one year, then they are released to the Office of Sustainability for use in the Secondhand Cycles program. These bicycles are then repaired and sold to Temple students at designated sales events through the year.

Periodically, opportunities will arise for students to learn about bike repair by volunteering with the Secondhand Cycles program. These opportunities are advertised through the Bike Temple listserv.