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Where to buy cheap Islabikes
Islabikes make some of the best quality kids bikes around (if you've not heard about them, then check out this post that explains all about them). However, with quality comes the obvious cost - which can put a new Islabike out of reach for many families. In this article we take a look at the ways in which you can get a cheap Islabikes, if your budget doesn't stretch to buying a brand new one.
Discounts on brand new Islabikes
Lets get things straight to begin with. Firstly, brand new Islabikes are only available via the Islabikes website or their Ludlow showroom. You can't buy them in the shops, so there's no point in trawling round stores or the retailers websites looking for one. Secondly, Islabikes don't ever discount their new bikes. They don't take part in Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Boxing Day Sales, New Year Sales etc etc. If you want a brand new Islabike, you have to pay the going rate.
The reason Islabikes don't do this is because, like many small businesses with a quality product, they don't need to! They also want their customers to know that they're always getting the best price for a new bike, and need to avoid the surge in demand discounting creates several times a year, which is unsustainable for a small business.
On a related note, if you're thinking of buying a new Islabike in time for Christmas, their recommended last date for ordering is Tuesday 18th December 2018.
Where to buy cheap Islabikes
Given you can't get a discount on a brand new Islabike, the only way to get a cheap Islabike is to buy a secondhand one. The great thing about Islabikes is that they are so well made that a used bike can often be in such a good condition you barely realise it's second hand. Obviously this depends on how much the bike has been ridden and how well maintained the owners have kept it, so you do need to shop around and I suggest you read our article on buying a second hand kids bike so you know what you're looking for. There are a number of places to search when you're looking for your cheap Islabike, which we detail below. However, if you want a new bike, but don't want to fork out for an Islabike, then check out our post on Cheaper alternatives to Islabikes for inspiration.
Second Hand Islabikes on Ebay
Ebay is a great place to look for cheap Islabikes, because you can usually find something quite local, meaning you can pick up in person, avoiding postage costs and allowing you to check the bike out before you actually take it home.
It's also good for finding hard to get hold of sizes or colours (occasionally Islabikes have done limited edition paint schemes, which can command higher used prices).
These are the links to the various models on Ebay:
Islabikes Rothan (balance bikes)
Islabikes Cnoc (the small, single speed bikes for new riders)
Islabikes Beinn (their geared bikes in 20" to 27.5" wheel sizes)
Islabikes Luath (cyclo-cross / road dropped handlebar bikes - 24", 26" and 700c wheels)
Islabikes Creig (mountain bikes - 24" and 26" wheels)
Islabikes Pro Series (their now discountinued premium race focused range)
Islabikes adult bikes (quite rare, but they do come up from time to time)
It's also worth checking out Preloved just in case there's anything close to you.
Islabikes do sometimes have clearance bikes they need to sell on. These can be ex-demo bikes, shop soiled bikes or traded in bikes. The bikes will have been through the Islabikes workshop so should be in tip top condition, and will be discounted between 10% and 30%. More details on this scheme are available here.
Second Hand Islabikes Facebook Group
Did you know there's a Facebook Group dedicated solely to the buying and selling of second hand Islabikes? That's all you need to know really about how in demand and popular the bikes are!
Other places to look for a cheap Islabike
There's a few other places it's worth checking out if you still can't find your perfect, cheap Islabike. Check out our post The best places to buy a second hand kids bike for inspiration.
I'd love to hear if you manage to find a really great bargain Islabike. Do let me know in the comments section below, or tag us #cyclesprog on Instagram.
Other posts you may find useful:
- Cheaper alternatives to Islabikes
- Where to buy the cheapest Frog Bikes
- Islabikes Beinn 27 review - by a first time Islabiker
- The cheapest kids bikes - where to find a good deal
- Islabikes Beinn Review
- The Islabikes Luath review
- Islabikes to discontinue Pro Series
- Best Balance Bike deals for toddlers
- Review of the Islabikes Creig 24 and Creig 26
- How to prepare a kids bike for selling second hand in just 9 steps
- Black Friday Deals on Kids Mountain Bikes - discounts available already
- Black Friday Islabike Deals - 2018
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