Where to buy bicycle/parts Munich & Frankfurt

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Hi TTers, I have a visitor coming to Munich toward the end of June from Australia.

 

He is a serious biking enthusiast and would like to buy a bike frame and separate components to ultimately 'create' his own bike. I understand that he may not necessarily get a whole bike and assemble it during the trip but will also be happy to buy most/all the bits and take them with him as parts?

 

Problem is my cycling knowledge/experience/interest is limited to getting around from A to B in my old clacker bike and have no idea about where to buy (higher end?) bicycle bits and pieces to build your own bike. I don't even know what type of bike he is looking for (racing/mountain/hybrid ?)

 

He doesn't speak much/any German and I don't have time to really help him on the ground in Munich so he is somewhat on his own.

 

After Munich, he will be in Frankfurt for a few days and is interested in any shops there as well.

 

Any tips/suggestions are most welcome. We are in Haidhausen so anything closer to this area will be great but not essential.

 

thanks in advance

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this city is full of bike parts but recommending a shop is impossible unless you know the type of bike he wants to build. most bike shops want to build them up as part of the service. most shops have parts but separate frames...Joes Garage in Elizabethplatz in Schwabing have a some nice stadt bike frames hanging about. quoka might be better. whats his age and lifestyle?

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thanks james morrison and ian for the input so far.

 

he seems to like travelling decent distances by bike from the stories he told in the past and seeing the countryside etc ... is that considered bike touring? so a bike that would allow him to do that I suspect is what he is after. he is approaching 50 years old, very active and in good health.

 

he is under the impression that he can get a German/Euro branded/made higher end bike frame and components here at a much better price than in Oz which is probably true.

 

Problem is as I said, he doesnt speak German so it is hard for him to surf the internet for stuff or research where to go for what he wants. Unfortunately I don't have time to help him out too much other than to pass on some addresses and then he is on his own!

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This is difficult as there are not much shops left in Munich with a proper selection of parts. The best is internet, because the choice is bigger and the prices are in general lower.

 

It also depends on what he exactly wants, here are some shops and examples

 

http://www.s-tec-sports.de - sells the 2012 Giant tcr advanced carbon frame with ant+ for 1600 Euro

http://www.bikepartsbs.de - torque wrench for 35 Euro, Shimano 6600 crank for 70 Euro

http://www.bike-components.de - has tons of small stuff, Deda OS Stems for 17 Euro, pedals cheaper than other shops

http://www.velo-motion.com - cheap campa and fulcrum parts

http://www.ciclib.de - cheap aluminium frames, cheap tools

 

each shop adds 3-5 Euro for s/h. Some do ship for free within germany as soon as you reach a certain limit.

I don´t know about Tax-return, would get in contact with a shop first. Basically there is 19% Tax in all bike parts that a tourist can claim back when leaving germany. Some shops do accept Paypal or Creditcard, but he should check it out on the webpage first to go sure.

These shops deliver in general within 2-7 days in germany

 

Basically he has to sit at a computer and check the different offers and prices of all these shops.

The terms at these online shops can be easily translated online with

 

http://dict.leo.org german-english

http://translate.google.com multilingual

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thanks siskebap - very thorough response.

 

it seems that the internet is going to be his best option so i just cut and pasted your whole email to him and he can work it out himself.

 

I will just leave him in Karstadt sport if he insists on seeing a bicycle shop :-)

 

again, vielen dank!

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Hi there,

 

I need to by a specific bicycle part, I am not exactly sure of the name in English or German, so I am posting a photo here. Anyone can tell me the name of this part in German? I need to buy one exactly like the one in the left of the photo.

 

post-159266-13745623650196.jpg

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'Quill Stem' in English, 'Klemmvorbau' in German (apparently they also use a mixture of both too 'Quill Vorbau').

 

They're not so easy to find as it's now the older style of securing the headset/bars together, but you can definitely still find them:

http://www.fahrrad.de/fahrradteile/vorbauten-steuersaetze/klemmvorbau-stahl-verchromt-1-zoll/8724.html

http://www.idealo.de/preisvergleich/OffersOfProduct/2897021_-klemmvorbau-humpert.html

 

Send me a message if you need any more bikey advice

Cheers

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For Munich or Online ...

 

Would like to ask where can I find a generic 28" wheel with generator used or at same price as example below ?

B'TWIN 28 Hybrid Front Single-Walled Wheel with Shimano Dynamo £29.99

https://www.decathlon.co.uk/28-front-hybrid-dynamo-wheel-id_8133890.html

 

Local bike shops seem overly happy to mark prices up and online averaging 80eur.

 

(I'll search more online from links in this message stream)

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