Sporting Goods Retailers – The first place to go and investigate if you are seeking out deals on pro cycling jerseys and other equipment is your local sports goods store. Some of them offer a service where they will buy used gear, so other cyclists will go and deposit their old jerseys and other kit when they have bought newer items. It’s a little like a pawn shop except the sports store buys the item outright. Then the gear can be sold on for a profit to the shop, but as it is secondhand, you should be able to save a load of cash compared to going out and buying a cycling shirt brand new. So this can be a very good way to get hold of cycling jerseys, shorts and shoes.
Local Yard Sales – This idea will take a fairly substantial dose of good fortune, but try going along to a few local yard sales to see if they might turn up some good quality cycling apparel as well. The easiest way to do this is to look through the local newspaper for listings, but in any case, most of these types of sales will take place on a Saturday or Sunday. Just go to several on each day as see what is available; you might be lucky and find the jersey you have been desperately looking for.
Cyclist Friends – Your cycling friends and perhaps local cycling club members will also be a great source of used but still decent quality gear. When they have outgrown their jersey or whatever other apparel, or if they simply want to wear something new, they will often not get rid of the old clothing; generally it will find its way into a closet or the garage, and though it is still perfectly fine to use, it somehow never sees the light of day again. So all you have to do is put the word out that you are looking for used, quality cycle wear, and with a little good fortune you should get a few offers rolling in.
Internet Classified Sites – If your search has drawn blanks so far using the other methods then it is time to get onto the internet and take a look at some of the classified websites, the most well-known ones being Ebay and Craigslist. You will generally be able to find some great quality goods using these sites, and so they are well worth the effort. Also, you can deal only with local people if that’s what you want, so you can narrow down your options. For example, if you live in a cold climate and therefore only require long sleeved biking shirts, going local can be a good idea, as other cyclists nearby are probably also only wearing the long sleeved ones.
The last avenue to explore if the others have been unsuccessful is the online stores. These will, of course, be more expensive, but you will be getting brand new cycling gear. So it is crucial to spend some time shopping around and comparing prices so you don’t end up paying more than you needed to. It is worth remembering that trying to buy used goods will normally end up with some kind of compromise, but paying a little extra for brand new goods means you will get exactly the cycling shirts that you wanted.