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Square Alternatives For Bike Shops

Nigel Groce-Wright

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Have you ever got those annoying sales calls from someone trying to sell you the latest and greatest point-of-sale (POS)? Most times those people are calling with the solution that will fix every problem in your business. Seems impossible, right? In most cases, you are absolutely right! However, having the right POS system for your bike shop can significantly improve your operations. This will generate more revenue for you.

Every bike shop requires a robust POS system to manage its unique combination of sales, rentals, repairs, and trade-ins. While industry giants like Square offer a wide range of services, their affordability may not always extend to the features bike shops need most. That’s why we’re exploring several POS alternatives that could be a better fit for your bike shop.

When evaluating point-of-sale (POS) systems, there are a few things to consider. The most important is how you run your business. Repairs, sales, and inventory management all play a big role in which POS system is best for your business. When the annoying sales guy calls trying to sell you a one-size-fits-all solution, he does not have your best interest in mind. Let’s dive into the best POS system for your bike shop.


Clover is a versatile POS system equipped with an extensive range of features that bike shops would find beneficial. With capabilities for inventory management, custom orders, and work order management, Clover offers a variety of subscription plans that can cater to different budget ranges. This is a great option for simple shop operations that are sales only, not repair.

However, it’s worth noting that Clover’s eCommerce platform requires a separate subscription fee, which might limit the appeal of this system for shops seeking an all-in-one solution. Clover’s partner BigCommerce is really designed for large retail and wholesale operations. For most bike shops, this solution won’t work. 

Dejavoo Systems

Dejavoo Systems is known for their robust and affordable POS solutions. With their intuitive design and efficient payment processing, they can help bike shops streamline operations. They also offer unique features like pre-authorizations and recurring billing, which could be advantageous for bike rentals or subscription services. While Dejavoo Systems provide a comprehensive package, the lack of a built-in e-commerce solution could be a potential drawback for some shops.

If Dejavoo sounds like the right system for your bike shop, contact us! We are an authorized reseller of Dejavoo and will help you find the best piece of hardware for your shop.

Accept Blue

Accept Blue is a promising option with their transparent fee structure and user-friendly interface. While they lack some advanced features, their simple yet efficient system may be just what small bike shops need. They focus on payment processing, making transactions straightforward and stress-free. If your shop does not need complex inventory management or e-commerce features, Accept Blue could be an ideal, budget-friendly choice.

At The Bike Collective, we offer bike shops a reduced-cost subscription to Accept Blue. We even pay your $50 start up fee for signing up for the Accept Blue platform. If you are interested in Accept Blue for your bike shop, contact us!

Process Payments Now

By far, the easiest system for any bike shop or bike manufacturer is Process Payments Now. Our partners at Process Payments Now are a comprehensive provider aiming to enhance storefront efficiency without the premium price tag. They offer a full package, including inventory management, POS hardware, e-commerce processing, and even website redesign services. Working with them allows bike shops to streamline their operations with custom pricing and discounts. 

If your bike shop is ready to make the switch to Process Payments Now, contact us today! 

NMI Gateway

For those seeking a seamless integration of in-store and online sales, the NMI Gateway offers a compelling proposition. It offers robust ecommerce functionality alongside efficient in-store payment processing. Moreover, NMI Gateway allows for customization and integration with other software, providing flexibility that’s critical for a bike shop’s diverse needs. Keep in mind, however, that such a robust system might come with a steeper learning curve for staff.

At The Bike Collective, we offer NMI Gateways cheaper than any other provider. We work with bike shops to make sure the system is implemented and your staff are properly trained.

Final Thoughts

Choosing a POS system is about understanding your unique requirements and finding the provider that can best meet them. Larger brands like Square may offer simplicity and brand recognition, but alternative providers could potentially deliver a better fit for your shop’s unique needs. It’s important to carefully evaluate your options, considering the benefits and drawbacks of each to make an informed decision that will help elevate your bike shop to its full potential.

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