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Bike Repair Shop... or.... Good Used Bike?
Posted July 2nd, 2012 - 9:16 am by from Chicago, United States (Permalink)
Ok, here's the deal:

I've been travelling by bike now for more than 6000 km since November (Spain, Morocco, Portugal, France) on my way to Japan (actually over a ten year period), but my current bike is asking for a long vacation or a retirement plan!

I need to change some things on it (rear hub, maybe also a new chain and speeds), but on the other hand it might be better for me to get a sturdier bike.

So....

1. Do you know of any good bike shops where they won't look down upon me because I want actually to fix an old bike and not buy a brand new top-of-the-line thing? Especially interesting would be a cooperative or open kind of system where they let you work on the bike yourself and provide expert help at the same time. I volunteered for such a place in Chicago. They then sold the used bikes they repaired to disadvanted people or kids, and they also sent containers of them to South America or Africa. This would be a good kind of place to fix my old bike for myself, maybe even exchange it for another one, or maybe buy a good used one, so I can continue my trip through Germany, Italy, Tunisia, etc.

2. Do you have a good old used bike yourself that is good for touring but you are not using much and want to get rid of? I might also be interested in panniers, but the bike is more important to me right now.

Also, if anyone out there wants to bike together to Germany, I'm leaving on Thursday...camping along the way. It might be fun to share part of the ride. I'm planning on doing Koeln - Hamburg- Berlin - Dresden - Prag - Nurnberg - Munchen. And after that Italy, etc.

I do an average of 70 km per day, so about 7 hours of biking (for example, 3 or 4 hours in the morning, 3-4 hours in the evening, it depends), and my budget is about 12 EUR per day.

Posted July 4th, 2012 - 11:49 am by from Vienna, Austria (Permalink)
There are some workshops where you can find help, tools, bikes and bike parts:

Velorution
Cyclofficine
Bicyclaide
....

To buy new bike parts, avoid the city center, it is overpriced try shops like "les petits velo de maurice" on boulevard Voltaire.

Posted July 4th, 2012 - 2:02 pm by from Chicago, United States (Permalink)
Thanks Paris! Iwish I had had more time; I took care of my problem already. Maybe it was more expensive this way, but I gained some precious time. Time is money, as they say.

Anyway, I'm off to Germany (slowly) tomorrow.

Ciao!