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kitting out bike (velo): shop in switz or across border?

my friend has a bike - as in velo - that needs a bit of work. the tyres need replacing and he's also thinking of getting a basket attached and the brakes maybe tightened. all in all then, it's going to cost a bit in switzerland! do you think it's worth going to germany for bike treatment? also, does anyone know the approx cost of any or all three of the above surgeries?]

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my friend has a bike - as in velo - that needs a bit of work. the tyres need replacing and he's also thinking of getting a basket attached and the brakes maybe tightened. all in all then, it's going to cost a bit in switzerland! do you think it's worth going to germany for bike treatment? also, does anyone know the approx cost of any or all three of the above surgeries?]

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That's kind of weekly/monthly bicycle maintenance which requires basic knowledge and basic tools.

If your friend is Swiss, tell them they really don't need to do a two year apprenticeship to manage these tasks.
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Re: kitting out bike (velo): shop in switz or across border?

thanks for the info. i guess break tuning can be done via youtube demo or whatever, good call. on the other hand maybe putting on new tyres are best done by someone else at least first time? and youd still have to buy them too... likewise the basket.
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That's kind of weekly/monthly bicycle maintenance which requires basic knowledge and basic tools.

If your friend is Swiss, tell them they really don't need to do a two year apprenticeship to manage these tasks.
But they might get their hands dirty and therefore it should be handed over to a professional charging 250chf an hour + parts with 20% mark up.
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the other hand maybe putting on new tyres are best done by someone else at least first time?.

If he is 8 or older, then you can teach him. Will be helpful for many years to come.
Or how will he fix a puncture out in nowhere (a.k.a Wallisellen)
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thanks for the info. i guess break tuning can be done via youtube demo or whatever, good call. on the other hand maybe putting on new tyres are best done by someone else at least first time? and youd still have to buy them too... likewise the basket.
No really not. It's something that your friend (is it really you?) should know. Why not show them yourself?
It's something everyone else learnt as kids.
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Re: kitting out bike (velo): shop in switz or across border?

Are you asking for parts costs or actually getting someone to do it professionally ?

For parts I've found Jumbo to be the most competitive, and their California own brand bikes are miles better than Migros/SportXX and Coop which I take as a good sign.

If you can fix a puncture you can change the tyres, it's the same job.

If you have a rack with a springy holder thingy a basket just slides on. If no springy thing, get a slide on basket and fix with string or cable ties. Simple front baskets just have straps.

Adjusting brakes isn't hard, just look on YouTube. It's also pretty obvious when they're good (wheel turns freely when off, stops nicely when on, not too hard/far to pull the lever, blocks aligned on rim).

You could also suggest here - they do occassional free advice sessions:

http://www.pro-velo.ch
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nice 'pull yourself together' advice! i hadn't thought of that option . dear deirdre would be even better (somehow) if that was her response to everything!

still in the hunt for answers to the 'is germany significantly cheaper than swistz for this kind of stuff?' and also 'how much does that stuff cost anyway?'

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Are you asking for parts costs or actually getting someone to do it professionally ?

For parts I've found Jumbo to be the most competitive, and their California own brand bikes are miles better than Migros/SportXX and Coop which I take as a good sign.

If you can fix a puncture you can change the tyres, it's the same job.

If you have a rack with a springy holder thingy a basket just slides on. If no springy thing, get a slide on basket and fix with string or cable ties. Simple front baskets just have straps.

Adjusting brakes isn't hard, just look on YouTube. It's also pretty obvious when they're good (wheel turns freely when off, stops nicely when on, not too hard/far to pull the lever, blocks aligned on rim).

You could also suggest here - they do occassional free advice sessions:

http://www.pro-velo.ch
nice one! great info, ta!

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Re: kitting out bike (velo): shop in switz or across border?

Probably not for parts - I'd guess

tyres - 20 CHF each
basket - 30 CHF
brake blocks - 20 CHF for two pairs

(you can check online yourself...)

So unless you happen to be over the border probably not worth the trip, and if your friend is a newbie it's worth buying local as a) practice b) to take stuff back if wrong.

For service - SportXX regularly advertise this for about 60CHF, but I had a "three month" free one done for a new kids bike and they messed up the brakes and set the dynamo at an angle that made a god-awful noise like a banshee, so can't really recommend!
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Old 08.06.2015, 18:38
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Re: kitting out bike (velo): shop in switz or across border?

Don't buy tyres from Sport XX. We bought some for a kids bike and they are made of liquorice and last less than a week - really.

We've bought vastly superior tyres in Germany for the same price.
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Re: kitting out bike (velo): shop in switz or across border?

Here a Swiss (online) shop. (Konradstrasse 19, 8005 Zurich)

http://www.veloplus.ch/

And yes labor cost in Germany is much cheaper then here.
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Re: kitting out bike (velo): shop in switz or across border?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZbeR0mJBkk

NO one will answer this question. If they do know, they admit to the world that they too failed at bike maintenance 101.

Whether you do it yourself or not, I would find a good bike shop in Germany you can trust. Most likely, the pries will be better and you will either need to buy the basic tools there or be on a first name basis with the mechanic. You may be visiting often...
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