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    Bike rental in Genoa

    I'll be there in mid-May, and I'd like to rent a bike for a day or two.

    Any one know of a good place to rent a bike?

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    Do you mean Genova, Italy?

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    [edit] nevermind, I see the two are being used interchangeably [/edit]
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    In italiano si dice "Genova", in English one says "Genoa". Why? Why is Roma Rome, Firenze Florence, Venezia Venice, Torino Turin, Livorno Leghorn, etc.?

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    Sorry. I should have been clearer. Here's my itinerary:

    København, Danmark -> München, Deutschland
    München -> Genova, Italia

    Plus return trip.

    Now let's focus, people! ;-)

    OK, I've emailed a couple of bike shops, and the hotel i'm staying at. Heard nothing back, yet, so I might call down there tomorrow.

    But if anyone has any great ideas, I'll gladly entertain them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorkypants View Post
    In italiano si dice "Genova", in English one says "Genoa". Why? Why is Roma Rome, Firenze Florence, Venezia Venice, Torino Turin, Livorno Leghorn, etc.?
    Because.

    Why do the local residents say "Zürich", while for non-local Italians it is "Zurigo"?
    ? Genève - - > "Ginevra" in Italian?
    ? London - - > "Londra" in Italian?

    More importantly, the divinely-given beautiful correct pronunciation for the two-wheeled vehicle we love to ride is:
    "le vélo"

    If Italian-speakers refuse to respect God's correct pronunciation there, why should contributors to this forum show any respect for Italian names for cities?

    Ken

    P.S. For an interesting use of "Genoa" on a modern Italian website:
    www.genoacfc.it
    Last edited by Ken Roberts; 05-06-10 at 01:15 PM. Reason: fix a couple words

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedaleur View Post
    But if anyone has any great ideas, I'll gladly entertain them.
    Not a simple problem.

    Might try a web search on phrases like:
    "biciclette noleggio Genova"
    "noleggio bici Genova"

    Here's an interesting idea:
    http://transiti.splinder.com/post/20648060/

    Sometimes there are bike rentals at the main train station of some European cities. I've had some very fun days of riding on heavy "utility" train-station bikes -- even though they're nothing like what I ride at home.

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    Maybe Genova/Genoa has city velos available? Of course, if you're aiming at riding any longer distances, city bikes are probably not what you're looking for. Anyways, their web site should have info if they have any kind of city bike system there.

    Regarding city names, it is somewhat confusing when I'm going to München and the airline ticket says "Munich". It seems to help if the names are in an obscure language. I don't think anyone got it into their heads to try and modify Finnish names into "more convenient" English form, for example. We're a bilingual country, so most places and addresses have a Swedish name too. Sometimes the two language versions are very close to each other, and sometimes there's no apparent connection whatsoever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juha View Post
    Sometimes the two language versions are very close to each other, and sometimes there's no apparent connection whatsoever.

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    Heh. The I chuckle at the Finnish on the back of, say, my shampoo bottle. What a bizarre language. Why use one vowel when you can write ...ääuioö... ;-)

    Thanks for the suggestion, all. No luck so far. My plan was to ride to Novi Ligure to catch the end of stage 5 of the Giro, so a typical city bike won't really do. Maybe the hotel will come through for me; otherwise it's 70€ each way on Lufthansa to bring my bike.

    Porca miseria...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedaleur View Post
    Heh. The I chuckle at the Finnish on the back of, say, my shampoo bottle. What a bizarre language. Why use one vowel when you can write ...ääuioö... ;-)
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    Great. They're threatening to close dansk airspace (and around München, too) due to the volcano in Ísland.

    Now I'm thinking of just taking my bike on the off chance I get stranded down there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedaleur View Post
    Great. They're threatening to close dansk airspace (and around München, too) due to the volcano in Ísland.

    Now I'm thinking of just taking my bike on the off chance I get stranded down there.

    Take the bike!! No better way to be assured you'll have a great set of wheels with you for any occasion/offer to ride that comes up.

    I have two hard case travel boxes now ... best investment ever. If I costed it out - and insisted on renting a good bike on all the trips I've taken with these - I'm well ahead when I compare what I save in rental fees vs what I've paid for the case and the charges to bring it on the planes.

    As a hard case it usually travels as a piece of luggage unless you are on a discount carrier - even then it is only 50 - 70 eur each way ... far less than renting a good road bike for a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luxroadie View Post
    Take the bike!! No better way to be assured you'll have a great set of wheels with you for any occasion/offer to ride that comes up.

    I have two hard case travel boxes now ... best investment ever. If I costed it out - and insisted on renting a good bike on all the trips I've taken with these - I'm well ahead when I compare what I save in rental fees vs what I've paid for the case and the charges to bring it on the planes.

    As a hard case it usually travels as a piece of luggage unless you are on a discount carrier - even then it is only 50 - 70 eur each way ... far less than renting a good road bike for a week.
    Well, if the ash permits, I'll only have one day in Genova to ride around, so €140 + packing/unpacking twice to take my bike on the plane isn't really worth it. The trouble is that that is the day the Giro finishes in Novi Ligure, a mere 50km and some nice climbing from my hotel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Urthwhyte View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Pedaleur View Post
    Heh. The I chuckle at the Finnish on the back of, say, my shampoo bottle. What a bizarre language. Why use one vowel when you can write ...ääuioö... ;-)
    this
    We have nothing on Polish though. They could use an extra vowel or five.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juha View Post
    We have nothing on Polish though. They could use an extra vowel or five.

    --J
    Reminds me of Car Talk's "Send a Vowel to Bosnia" campaign. :-)

    So if a Pole marries a Finn, would they end up with a well-balanced German name?

    I have an Indian friend who married a Pole; I can't write it out of privacy concerns, of course, but there child has one heck of a name.

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    Planning to spend any significant time in CPH?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedaleur View Post
    So if a Pole marries a Finn, would they end up with a well-balanced German name?
    Now THERE's an oxymoron if I ever saw one. Thanks, I needed the laugh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juha View Post
    Now THERE's an oxymoron if I ever saw one. Thanks, I needed the laugh.

    --J
    ;-)

    I didn't want to be too Anglo-centric...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Urthwhyte View Post
    Planning to spend any significant time in CPH?
    When I get back, the family and I are going to wander around a bit. My older daughter wants to go the Experimentarium for her birthday. Desværre, no time for cycling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedaleur View Post
    When I get back, the family and I are going to wander around a bit. My older daughter wants to go the Experimentarium for her birthday. Desværre, no time for cycling.
    I literally live across the street from there, if you're referring to the one i Tuborg Havn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Urthwhyte View Post
    I literally live across the street from there, if you're referring to the one i Tuborg Havn.
    Ha! Then you probably saw me standing out front in the rain for 45 minutes Saturday morning.

    Or break down crying when I couldn't bring myself to pay 32 crowns at the Baresso for a cappuccino that is no where near as good as the several I got in Italy for 1€.

    Stupid Danish prices...

    <grumble, grumble, grumble>

    By the way, I didn't rent a bike. With only one day to look around, I just walked all over.

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    Oh, yeah. In Italian, München is "Monaco di Baviera."

    Weird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Roberts View Post
    Because.

    Why do the local residents say "Zürich", while for non-local Italians it is "Zurigo"?
    ? Genève - - > "Ginevra" in Italian?
    ? London - - > "Londra" in Italian?

    More importantly, the divinely-given beautiful correct pronunciation for the two-wheeled vehicle we love to ride is:
    "le vélo"

    If Italian-speakers refuse to respect God's correct pronunciation there, why should contributors to this forum show any respect for Italian names for cities?

    Ken

    I heard all the bad about the citizen of my country, and really I agreed to everything... but I never read about the competition Italians Vs God. Surely I'll go to study the matter.

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