Cycling in Sydney Australia
I'm probably pushing my luck with the self promotion thing but I think there is more than a few people on this forum who will be interested in this and we all love to hear gossip first, so:
We're importing used bicycles from the Netherlands by the container and selling them in Marrickville. On the website all the bikes are listed for sale with two hitches:
- they won't arrive until October at the earliest
- the website isn't quite functional so you can't buy anything yet :)
Would love to hear feedback about the bikes and prices and any questions, bring them on.
Fair trade? Can we be assured the original owners were compensated for the loss of their transport?
Sorry for sounding like a grump, but if you are offered a second hand bike in Amsterdam, 90% chance it is stolen.
Definitely not stolen. Unless the bike shops that are selling them to us stole them but it's not likely. The used bike market is huge in Holland. Most of these, particularly the newer ones, are trade-ins at bike shops, probably for e-bikes, my other passion :) Have a good look through the website and you'll notice a few things:
- There's almost 200 of them on the website
- They aren't from Amsterdam, just look at how clean and not smashed up they are (this is actually relevant to the stolen bike market question
I'd love to be able to offer up the receipts from shops etc to put the 'is it stolen' question to bed but I can't really just let all our contacts out to then be taken by the next mob that thinks this would be a good business idea to copy! However, next shipment we will try to display the frame serial numbers while they are in transit to Australia. If any are stolen, the original owners will have a chance to look through serial numbers, as will the Dutch police. Unfortunately that didn't happen on this shipment, hard enough to make sure we got nice photos before they were packed
Yeah, that's a cool idea Maurice! I reckon there might be a market for it. And you can even electrify them as an optional extra...
I'll be sure to send people your way - people often ask about the Bullitt.
I'm sure Omar could be an Opa but not an Oma :-)
Finally, a bike shop in Sydney that will have stock for normal people (i.e. 60 cm plus).