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Cycle shop recommendations

Anyone here want to recommend any specific bike shops here in Switzerland, either because they have a nice selection or especially good service?

I bought my last mountain bike from cycle shark in zurich, not in the center of town but a helpful english speaking guy... but its more aimed towards downhill mountain biking than anything else.

My girlfriend bought her bike from veloatelier in Zurich, and I am considering to buy a race bike from him too. Also on the basis that the guy there is very helpful and informative. Both places i was able to secure reasonable but not amazing discounts. I would be interested to hear if you guys got good discounts anywhere in particular.

EDIT: I know i could possibly save a bit by buying when im back in england or across the german border, but i dont aim to be in either place in the near future so happy to pay for one here especially if can haggle a nice saving... not always easy in switzerland i know.
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Old 10.06.2011, 17:23
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Re: Cycle shop recommendations

mountain thrill in Horgen is defo worth a visit.
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Re: Cycle shop recommendations

In Basel we have:
VeloPlus
Gutlin Velo
Cyclex

However, I haven't found anywhere selling really good children's bikes. Both my kids (11 and 8) really want fast touring/ racing bikes but I can't find any small enough.

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Velo plus are hyper expensive! Don't stock bikes and a tad elitist. All of this would be ok but their tech knowledge is very limited ie worse than mine!
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Re: Cycle shop recommendations

I visited velotech in zurich a few times over the last week and the guy there was friendly and helpful.
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I visited velotech in zurich a few times over the last week and the guy there was friendly and helpful.
Do you have any idea whether velotech or anywhere else does good bike servicing? Shifters just went on my road bike.
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Anyone here want to recommend any specific bike shops here in Switzerland, either because they have a nice selection or especially good service?

I bought my last mountain bike from cycle shark in zurich, not in the center of town but a helpful english speaking guy... but its more aimed towards downhill mountain biking than anything else.

My girlfriend bought her bike from veloatelier in Zurich, and I am considering to buy a race bike from him too. Also on the basis that the guy there is very helpful and informative. Both places i was able to secure reasonable but not amazing discounts. I would be interested to hear if you guys got good discounts anywhere in particular.

EDIT: I know i could possibly save a bit by buying when im back in england or across the german border, but i dont aim to be in either place in the near future so happy to pay for one here especially if can haggle a nice saving... not always easy in switzerland i know.
On a similar thread, I am looking for component suppliers for a rebuild of my bike. I have a Shimano-dominated shopping list, and now search for a company !

So far, I have found www.veloplus.ch, who seem to have a huge selection, but sometimes not _precisely_ what you want - for example, I want a silver DEORE rear derailleur, but they only do black. I want a three-finger brake lever, but they only have the 1.5-finger brake lever (I could live with this, though). I want the DEORE front derailleur, but they don't actually seem to sell one (this I cannot live without!)

I also found www.bike-city.ch, who seem to have a similar selection, but seemingly cheaper (crank-set is 99SFr instead of 174SFr in veloplus)

Finally I found www.fuchs-movesa.ch,. who sell absolutely everything, but only sell to other companies and professionals, which is useless to me (even if their office is 100m from where I work).

Does anyone have any opinions of these companies, or can suggest others (mail-order, or local shops in the Baden area) ? I remember enquiring about a replacement bottom bracket from Bikezone in Baden a few years ago and it turned out to be quite a pricey component at 80SFr, so I fear that my shopping-list may have the potential to bring water to one's eyes if I went there.

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Re: Cycle shop recommendations

www.chainreactioncycles.com

Great range, cheap with the GBP exchange rate, and delivery within the week. Obviously you have to account for customs charges, which are more easily absorbed the more you spend.

Just use paypal when ordering, as they have had security issues with their own in-house credit card payment system.
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Do you have any idea whether velotech or anywhere else does good bike servicing? Shifters just went on my road bike.
Yes, they do service bikes.
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In Basel we have:
VeloPlus
Gutlin Velo
Cyclex

However, I haven't found anywhere selling really good children's bikes. Both my kids (11 and 8) really want fast touring/ racing bikes but I can't find any small enough.

Nigel
Try Wenger 2 Rad at the station, or Gundeli velos.

Between them they stock a lot of bikes, but you'll probably have to order a bike for your children.

There's also a place near the SBB where you can have your bike made from spares - Zweifach. There's another place that someone recommended to me, but when I told him the price range of bike I was after, he shook his head sadly at me... Vitelli Velobedarf

In Basel, there's also the option to go over the border and saving on cost and taxes - a colleague recommended Bieg, but there's a plethora of bike shops if you Google "fahrrad lörrach".
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Re: Cycle shop recommendations

A good cheap place with decent service (well, at least in Basel, but they do have a shop in Zurich as well) is www.velomaerkte.ch. I got my Kona from them, and the price was decent - free first 6 month service.
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A good cheap place with decent service (well, at least in Basel, but they do have a shop in Zurich as well) is www.velomaerkte.ch. I got my Kona from them, and the price was decent - free first 6 month service.
These guys also have a store in Zurich close to Paradeplatz. Their service is superb.
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Re: Cycle shop recommendations

Try athelticum in Zürich- they did an awesome job for a very decent price - even cleaned my dirt encrusted moutain bike =)
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Re: Cycle shop recommendations

I recently bought an all mountain bike from Welcome in Zug. I checked out the few shops in Zug and Trail Riders in Unterägeri before I made my decision. The guy who helped me is named Ivan and he was incredibly knowledgeable. He's been riding and repairing bikes for years and his English is very good. I visited the shop 3 or 4 times before I finally made my decision and he always had the time for me to answer all of my questions and since I am a beginner I had a lot. I got a solid discount on the asking price of the bike and have received 20% off on all service and part purchases since then.

To be honest though their prices on protective equipment are a little over the top and I purchased all of mine from chainreactioncycles.com

But for a mountain bike (from hardtail to downhill) I would highly recommend Welcome in Zug, ask for Ivan. The shop is literally 100 meters from the bahnhof.
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Re: Cycle shop recommendations

I can recomend Backyard near bahnhof Enge. Great staff, and if you need something done very quickly they are easily bribed with wiess bier. (Bring at least six 1L bottles.)
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