Tim “TK” Kakouris has been around the St. Louis cycling scene for as long as anybody. A former professional BMX racer who enjoyed high national rankings, he went on to rule the local mountain bike scene for many years, notoriously dropped fellow riders on climbs with the greatest of ease, and sported one of the most famous of mullets. He is an icon.
These days, Tim is a respectable family man, husband, and father, yet still manages to make his presence felt in the p12 and expert classes. Earlier this year, Tim also became a businessman with a unique idea – he will sell your bike stuff! Doing business as PedalBrakePedal, Tim takes whatever bicycle related equipment and accessories you have that you don’t want or need and converts it to cold, hard cash. How does he do this? He meets with you and looks at your stuff, gives you an honest assessment of whether it can sell and what kind of price it might bring, takes it, cleans it, photographs it, researches it, lists it on eBay, and handles all the buyer inquiries. When it sells, he packs it and ships it off to the winning bidder. What do you do during all this? Sit back and wait for your check! Tim takes an honest cut of the proceeds – it’s how he makes his living, while you take a pass on all the hassles and headaches of trying to sell your own stuff. Tim can do this better than most of us because he’s been in the bicycle business for a long time – he understands the market and doesn’t have to waste time figuring out all the little things that the rest of us don’t even know we don’t know.
Tim’s new business venture came at a most opportune time for me – I was in the market for a dedicated insect macrophotography system but just didn’t have the funds to get the kind of system I really wanted. As a newly retired racer, I had all of this high-end bike racing equipment sitting in my garage – unused and unlikely to be used for a long time to come. I wanted to sell it, but thinking about the time it would take to prep everything and list it on eBay (not to mention figuring out the best way to market everything) was overwhelming. Between job, family, and other interests, I just couldn’t do it myself. TK made it easy – one lunch hour appointment to meet with him and transfer all the stuff, a few emails to confirm this or that, and a nice fat check that put me over the top on the funds I needed to raise to buy that camera system. For those of you that missed those auctions, I show here a few of the spicier items that went up for sale – they could have been yours! Now, instead of a garage full of unused bike equipment, I have this¹:
¹ For those of you who might actually have an interest in seeing what insects look like when photographed with a camera system like this, go to my other blog – Beetles In The Bush.
PedalBrakePedal is not just an eBay store for selling stuff, they also offer new apparel and accessories. Personally, I like to browse the everchanging list of items offered for resale on his eBay store. Just recently, I scored this gorgeous, lightly used Assos short-sleeved jersey for a heck of a deal (those of you who know and appreciate Assos know how ridiculously expensive this brand is to buy new). Beautifully matching my black Assos bibshorts, I wore the jersey for the first time on today’s ride, and even though it was slightly used my ride had that same snap and charge that one gets when wearing a brand new kit for the first time. The fit and function was unmistakeably Assos – but at a fraction of the price.
So check out PedalBrakePedal, and if you’ve got bike related stuff you don’t need, let Tim sell your stuff!
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