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Hello all,

I am wondering if anyone has gone to the bike auction in Zurich, and whether you could tell me what to expect. I hope to buy bicycles for my two older children and one for myself. Are there really good deals to be had there? Or is it a waste of time and money? Is it very competitive? Any advice would be appreciated. I do not speak German and I donít know what to expect.

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Christine

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If you don't have the technical knowledge to assess the bicycles, then be sure to take a mechanically minded person along with you, who is more likely to spot damages right away, in that half-an-hour at the start.
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Thank you. Arenít they supposed to be fixed at least up to operational? I donít know much about bikes. 😬 I suppose we will see how we do!
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Re: Velogant

yes, the bikes will be "fahrtŁchtig" = rideable (with the implication of safely...) so brakes, gears, tyres should have been checked over and functional.

Here's a quite simple guide to checking a bike:
https://bike.bikegremlin.com/2016/03...-hand-bicycle/

But....it's an auction. How are you going to manage bidding if you don't speak German? Do you understand enough to follow the numbers? Or is eldest child in charge of translation services
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Are there really good deals to be had there? Or is it a waste of time and money? Is it very competitive? Any advice would be appreciated. I do not speak German and I don’t know what to expect.
Back in the days, Dad would take the five of us along. Whoever was to get a bike was allowed to pick two to bid on within the predefined(!!) price range, with the clear caveat that there are no guarantees and at any rate at most one would be bought. He would chat up a few people and make sure everybody knew that he was here to buy for the boys. He then let the prospective owner do the bidding, up to about half of what the bike was actually worth - very often, people (aka the competition) would stop bidding very quickly. Occasionally it took more than one Gant but in the end we all got our bikes at a significant rebate.

Now, that was ages ago and in the more rural parts of eastern CH, I have no idea about the kinds of people that attend nowadays, let alone in ZŁrich, or if something like the above still works. But bringing your kids along may be a good idea still, just as long as you know they'll stick to your rules: You'll know the kid likes the bike, and since you don't speak German you probably want to have your kids take the lead anyway.

As for what to expect ... what you sometimes see in the movies, where even a blink of the eye is supposed to constitute a bid, thta's not what happens here. You bid by voice only, loud and clear.

Besides, why do *you* need to know much about bikes? Didn't you say you got (more than) two not-so-young kids???
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Re: Velogant

I just want to give you a heads up that I went to the last one and it was so massively packed full that I just turned around a left. I have no idea if it'll be better in the fall than the spring, but I felt, with so many people that it would barely be possible to get in the room, let alone to make a bid. Still, I didn't stay long enough to really check. If you've got some free time, you might want to give it a try. However, keep your expectations low and I am sure there are fewer people in the fall.

Good luck and let us know how it was for you...
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But....it's an auction. How are you going to manage bidding if you don't speak German? Do you understand enough to follow the numbers? Or is eldest child in charge of translation services
Stupidly, I hadnít considered this. Letís blame it on being sleepless with an infant, most times. I need to keep up with the German lessons. 😬
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Back in the days, Dad would take the five of us along. Whoever was to get a bike was allowed to pick two to bid on within the predefined(!!) price range, with the clear caveat that there are no guarantees and at any rate at most one would be bought. He would chat up a few people and make sure everybody knew that he was here to buy for the boys. He then let the prospective owner do the bidding, up to about half of what the bike was actually worth - very often, people (aka the competition) would stop bidding very quickly. Occasionally it took more than one Gant but in the end we all got our bikes at a significant rebate.

Now, that was ages ago and in the more rural parts of eastern CH, I have no idea about the kinds of people that attend nowadays, let alone in ZŁrich, or if something like the above still works. But bringing your kids along may be a good idea still, just as long as you know they'll stick to your rules: You'll know the kid likes the bike, and since you don't speak German you probably want to have your kids take the lead anyway.

As for what to expect ... what you sometimes see in the movies, where even a blink of the eye is supposed to constitute a bid, thta's not what happens here. You bid by voice only, loud and clear.

Besides, why do *you* need to know much about bikes? Didn't you say you got (more than) two not-so-young kids???
What a fun story! What a cool village to make way for you kids.
Iíd like to know more about bikes, as I hope to acquire one for myself. Maybe Iíll become better acquainted with the mechanics of a bicycle after we all have one to use and care for.
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I just want to give you a heads up that I went to the last one and it was so massively packed full that I just turned around a left. I have no idea if it'll be better in the fall than the spring, but I felt, with so many people that it would barely be possible to get in the room, let alone to make a bid. Still, I didn't stay long enough to really check. If you've got some free time, you might want to give it a try. However, keep your expectations low and I am sure there are fewer people in the fall.

Good luck and let us know how it was for you...
If our german is awful, Iím not sure we can manage the auction without some help, and itís too short notice to get anyone to come with us. O well! I will have to look elsewhere unless there is another in October. Thanks for tree heads up regarding busy-ness.
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If you have the time and the interest, you might just go down there well ahead of the time. At least if you go, you'll know what it's about.

Some folk are bicycle junkies, but can't allow themselves to buy any more because their homes are already full. Others are enthusiastic and promotional. If you hang about a big (repeat the warning above: keep your expectations low) you may actually find such an inspired bicycle person there who knows about bicycles and would like to help you.
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