Aug 02, 2016 258

Our Bicycle Restoration Process

Our Bicycle Restoration Process

The Pro’s Closet is the largest online used bicycle store. Operating in the used marketplace adds a level of complexity that most online stores don’t experience. While we buy and sell used bikes, we do not flip bikes. Actually, our team of highly trained mechanics restores bicycles. Anyone who buys a bike from TPC can be assured that they are purchasing a high quality pre-owned bicycle.

On the most basic level, the mechanic’s daily workflow consists of taking a bicycle completely apart, cleaning, greasing, rebuilding, and testing. Below, we will walk through a bicycle restoration with our lead mechanic, Nate Straus.

1.   Suspension

Before the bicycle is placed into a stand, the fork and rear shock are filled with air and tested (if applicable). 

Inspect and service or repair:

Lock out 



2.  Wheels

Inspect and service or repair:



Braking Surface // Rotors

Record radial and lateral runout of rim

Reject and replace wheels, rotors, or tires if excessive wear is found

3.  Frame and Cockpit

Inspect and service or repair:


Seatpost or dropper

Seatpost collar


Replace bar tape // grips

Remove collar, inspect tube for damage

Remove stem, inspect steerer for damage

Remove stem clamp, inspect handlebars for damage

Remove crankset, inspect chainstay for damage

Check the remaining frame for damage

4.  Drivetrain

Remove all drivetrain components for parts washer.

Inspect and service or repair:

Front Derailleur

Rear Derailleur





Bottom Bracket

5.   Shifting

Inspect and service, repair, or replace:



Front shifter

Rear Shifter

Test and tune shifting

6.   Brakes

Inspect and service, repair, or replace:

Brake levers

Brake pads

Brake cables - Cable Actuated

Hydraulic hoses- Hydraulic

Bleed system if lever is spongy or travel is excessive - Hydraulic

7.  Final Steps

Apply TPC Sticker

Polish bike




A look inside The Pro's Closet

In 2006, while living in his Volkswagen Bus and only the task of riding a bike on his to-do list, Nick Martin began a simple mission: sell all of his worldly possessions on eBay. Minus his bike and his bus, Nick sold everything.

Fast-forward to today and we present to you, The Pro’s Closet. The Pro’s Closet has become the nation’s premier eBay store specializing in reselling new and used cycling gear.

If you are looking to sell your bike, components, or accessories, we are here to help! The Pro’s Closet caters to clients both locally and nationwide offering pickups, consultations, expert advice and more. We are an avenue for anyone, (athletes, teams, shops, reps, companies, you) to free up space and put your unused product in the hands of people who will give it a second life.

"Buy something that already exists, it’s the greenest way to shop."