We all know an exercise bike really helps during the total knee replacement recuperation process …or for any fitness need. Brand new, though, they can be pricey. How can you get around breaking your budget? Below are a variety of tips for buying an exercise bike during economic times and COVID-19. Hope they work for you. 🙂
CAVEAT: Be sure to follow COVID-19 protocol whenever engaged in any transaction.
Thrift stores. Check these regularly. You never know what you’ll find. A friend purchased an upright exercise bike in excellent condition. It was $15. Just be sure to try it out before buying it to make certain it’s in good working condition. (This applies irregardless of where you buy a used one).
Street/curb side. That’s right. While driving down streets, sometimes households will place their unused exercise bikes alongside the curb for pick up. Sometimes the bike will have a price sign, other times the sign may say “free”. One never knows. Keep an eye out.
Friends/Networking Contacts. How many times have you known someone with good intentions purchasing an exercise bike only to use it a short time? It happens all the time. Think of New Year’s resolutions. I know someone who has gotten rid of three upright exercise bikes this way. Every New Year she makes a resolution to exercise more. So, she buys the bike, uses it for 5 or so months, gets bored, and either sells it or gives it away. Go figure.
Bulletin boards. Retail, restaurant, and local venues usually have bulletin boards. Check these out to see if anyone has placed a notice about having an exercise bike for sale. This avenue will be limited during our COVID-19 pandemic.
Craig’s List and other online selling sites. There are great items for sale on this site. If you are lucky, the seller will live near you and can deliver the exercise bike. This makes it easy to go test the bike out, too. This is how I got my recumbent bike. It’s in excellent condition, also.
Moving. Many people need to downsize when moving. This is a wonderful way to get something you need or want.
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