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Decathlon, everyone's favourite sports outlet is planning to start a marketplace for refurbished cycles, for now, the marketplace will be started this in Europe only. 

The company aims to reduce wastage using this method, and also allow entry to cycling to be cheaper.

“The Decathlon Second Life Marketplace is due this year across Europe and it will apply to adult and kids’ bikes. The idea is to generate more of a circular economy and various options will be available to customers who may wish to cycle but also not buy new every time,” said Decathlons UKs Cycling Leader Pete Lazarus to CyclingIndustryNews

“We as a company are looking to recycle parts where possible,” said Lazarus. “If we get a defective bike it’s an option to strip it down and re-use the working parts. For the customer, it’s an option to participate in upcycling work and save money. There will be a much bigger effort to repair over replacement where possible.”

He further added: “Sometimes wheels, for example, maybe buckled in transit. These will be switched out, perhaps even with better wheels and the old ones will be repaired. The key is that nothing will go to waste and the bikes sold will be given a full [pre-delivery inspection] and safety check before they’re displayed and they’ll carry a warranty.”

It'll be interesting to see if the company ever decides to bring this to India, as India has a significant unorganized market for 2nd Bikes via Facebook groups.

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