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Old 12.05.2013, 20:48
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Re: Cycling in Switzerland

Survey completed. Good luck with the study.
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Re: Cycling in Switzerland

I grew up with using my bycicle to get from point A to point B. And at times for biking around the lake, or with friends up to the Bodensee or to Basel or to Luzern or to Brunnen (same lake) and often to Zug. It was NOT sports but entertainment. Later on we used our bikes to get to the airport and back on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning and Sunday afternoon.
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Old 20.08.2013, 13:37
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Re: Cycling in Switzerland

Hi everyone,
this post is dead since 2008, is there action bike-wise in Zürich?

I mean, critical mass or cycling groups to explore the mountain or the city

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Old 21.08.2013, 00:03
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Hi everyone,
this post is dead since 2008, is there action bike-wise in Zürich?
That must be because I started working full-time in 2009

Actually I would personally love to organise more rides but haven't had as much time... Still riding, of course, but more with smaller groups.

There's still the group ride from Tempo Sport every Sunday where you could meet other cyclists and possibly find out about more group rides then...

Also there's some days coming up when classic passes will be closed to cars and open only to bikes - Including Stelvio on Aug 31st and Albula Sept 1st (http://www.freipass.ch/)

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There's still the group ride from Tempo Sport every Sunday where you could meet other cyclists and possibly find out about more group rides then...

Also there's some days coming up when classic passes will be closed to cars and open only to bikes - Including Stelvio on Aug 31st and Albula Sept 1st (http://www.freipass.ch/)

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it helps a lot!
feels like the sunny weather will be gone quickly and I want to make the most out of it, thanks a lot for the links.
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Old 21.08.2013, 00:15
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Re: Cycling in Switzerland

That's so true - Here's one more that's a good one for group rides, especially mountain biking, but they also organise road bike rides: Swiss Alpine Adventures
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Re: Cycling in Switzerland

A bike in here is expensive
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A bike in here is expensive
I found mine in the river and I fixed it, and if you look a bit close there are many bikes abandoned, obviously a good bike new is expensive, but check the shop velocita if you live in Zurich
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Re: Cycling in Switzerland

Hi everyone.

One year ago, I started commuting by bicycle.
Sporadically at first but more and more regularly over time.
I found much information as well as a friendly welcome on a french forum called "velotaf", focusing on the many aspects of bicycle commuting.
However most members are from France, Belgium and a few from the french speaking part of Switzerland.
I have been looking for a similar community in the german speaking part (googling in german) but could not find anything except the "BikeToWork" event.
There are organizations such as Provelo which promote bicycle commuting but offer no platform for the people to exchange freely about this topic.
Or did I miss something?

On the englishforum, there is much about road biking / racing / mtb / touring, but I can't see any topic about commuting or utility biking which is in my opinion a different approach of biking.

Are there some people here commuting by bicycle on a regular basis?
Would you be interested in exchanging about this topic?
(best routes, equipment, bicycles, infrastructure etc etc.)
If you have a GPS, I created a "club" on Strava for commuters in Switzerland. Feel free to join!
https://www.strava.com/clubs/commutersCH

I enjoy so much commuting by bicycle that I try to convince other people to do it as well but it's not easy!
So, to start with, here is a little summary of the pros and cons (in my opinion).

Pros:
- Healthy
- Cheap (cheaper than cars or public transports... at least if you don't go for a carbon/titanium/gold incrusted with diamonds frame bike )
- Flexible (easy to park, no fixed schedules, no delays or traffic jams)
- Reduces stress
- Ecological
- Very well developed cycle paths/lanes network in Switzerland
- Combining physical exercise with fun and utility in one activity is rewarding (contributes to life balance and self-accomplishment? )
- Allows you to eat more and stay lean
- Allows you to look at the scenery (cars can't see mountains right? )

Cons
- Can take longer than by car/public transports
- Bad weather can be a problem (although manageable with proper equipment)
- Might get you stinky in the office (if no showers are available)
- Sharing the road with cars and trams can be dangerous (Some basic rules of caution must be observed)
- Depending on your condition, it becomes difficult if you live to far away from your job (although bicycle+train is always possible in Switzerland)
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Old 21.04.2015, 15:05
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Re: Cycling in Switzerland

I commute daily into Geneva by bike - it's 10.5km each way, luckily overall downhill on the way in so I'm not too hot on arrival as we've no showers at work. I can then crank it on the way home when I'm in the mood or late to pick up the kids...

It takes me typically just over 20 minutes each way, which compares pretty favourably to any other mode of transport except the motorbike (where the best I managed was 16 minutes).

I've got a steel single speed for deep winter with wider tyres (28mm front and 32mm rear), and an aluminium road bike which I built up myself with 105 and 25mm tyres for the rest of the year.

The more the merrier so keep spreading the word
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Re: Cycling in Switzerland

Hi,

and thanks for the very helpful post in the beginning of this thread!

I'm arriving in Bern next week's Wednesday and leaving on Saturday. I'm looking for a bike rental that could rent a road bike, helmet, shoes & drink bottles for a ~100km training ride. If there's any chance some location would also have some route set in to a Garmin Edge that would be very helpuful as well.

Is it even remotely possible that some bike store/rental could provide such a service.

All hints & tips are appreciated
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Re: Cycling in Switzerland

Hi

Could someone kind and helpful point me where to read further if there exists some kind of cycling-friends app, using location, so you can quickly find someone to ride with near you?

There has to be something like that.
If not, I guess I could try just using the Couchsurfing Hangout app.

To any grumpy elitist biker, I apologize for not reading 15 pages of thread to find the answer myself. I guess I have it coming if someone wants to bark at me.

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Re: Cycling in Switzerland

Hi Carrie,

Some people use strava to find out who is riding the local routes in their area and then contact them through the platform. If you are in the Lausanne area, a few of the bike shops have evening rides where you can meet local cyclists. The ones that come to mind are The bike in Pully and One More Tandem in Montchoisi.
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Could someone kind and helpful point me where to read further if there exists some kind of cycling-friends app, using location, so you can quickly find someone to ride with near you?

There has to be something like that.
If not, I guess I could try just using the Couchsurfing Hangout app.

To any grumpy elitist biker, I apologize for not reading 15 pages of thread to find the answer myself. I guess I have it coming if someone wants to bark at me.

Hi Carrie,

Sounds like you have a good idea for a new app!

Like Zimmo suggested, I think Strava is the closest thing currently - the "Flybys" can be interesting to see who else is riding in the area. And the "classic" way of going in person to a group ride still works too.

Or you could post a ride on this forum - That's what I did a few years ago and have made lots of great cycling friends as a result!

Have fun
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Thank you to zimmo and hillseeker.

I really appreciate it.

Wishing you pleasant bike rides,

Carrie
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Re: Cycling in Switzerland

This is a very informative post, but much of it is probably outdated since it is 9 years old. Indeed both links I tried to click were not functional.

Could somebody steer me to a more recent 'Cycling in Switzerland' info page?

I'm trying to figure out how and where to buy a used bike in Zurich.

Thanks
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This is a very informative post, but much of it is probably outdated since it is 9 years old. Indeed both links I tried to click were not functional.

Could somebody steer me to a more recent 'Cycling in Switzerland' info page?

I'm trying to figure out how and where to buy a used bike in Zurich.

Thanks
Try anibis.ch and I wish you good luck!

tutti, olx, ricardo, etc.........
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Re: Cycling in Switzerland

I'm new to Zurich (just moved here a week ago) and I'm looking for some Road biking groups. I know it's starting to snow, and my bike isn't even here yet but I thought I'd get the ball rolling and find out where people meet up.

I'm a retired racer from San Francisco that plans to have my Road bike and training equipment here Jan 1.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 19.12.2016, 19:14
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Re: Cycling in Switzerland

Welcome to Zurich! Hopefully you will enjoy it as much as we have, especially for cycling...

That being said, I am a warm-seasons-cyclist only! I just simply enjoy the variety of doing other sports, like cross-country skiing (which is by the way really great cross-training for cycling!), and the joy of starting to cycle again once the days get warmer and the sun shines a bit stronger...

Of course sometimes there are warm days in the middle of winter here... (especially in the last few years!)

Anyway, here's the updated links that I provided previously - but as I mentioned, most take a break from cycling in the winter to do winter-sports...So you might find yourself trying the same

*Swiss Alpine Adventures: http://www.alpineadventure.ch/
*Tempo Sport Sunday Group Rides (April-Sept): http://www.tempo-sport.ch/radsport/
*Days when Mountain Passes are closed to motorized traffic: http://freipass.ch/

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