Alright. So it's the trip of a lifetime. This year I got to choose basically anywhere in the world I wanted to go- once in a lifetime opportunity- and my Dad and I were going to be there. Without hesitation I said Sweden, I've wanted to go to Scandinavia for forever. So anyway, to make a long story short my sisters heard the idea and now it's turned into a full family (three sisters, Mom, Dad) tour of Sweden, Norway (maybe), Denmark and Finland this summer (End of June to mid August). Before I lose you this is the biking part- I'm a three speed bike guy. I've loved Raleigh's forever and have pretty much maxed out the number of vintage English bikes I can handle.
So here's my plan. I'd like to buy a Dutch or Swedish bike. Kronan, Velorbis, Batavus (though that's pointless because I can get one in Toronto) whatever... I can't make up my mind. I'm thinking I'll spend $1500-1700 Canadian and send it home. If I can go cheaper, bonus, I can spend the rest on tourist t shirts. Does anyone have any suggestions? Where in Copenhagen or Stockholm can one find a Velorbis or Kronan bike? Is that enough money or should I bring more? I'm happy to go used, too... because I'm going to ride this bike once I get it home but new would be fun too because then I could choose a few options.
Anyway I thought some people on here might have some suggestions being the informed crew you are... also any other suggestions for the trip would be appreciated (pretty sure Velorbis are made in Germany... but maybe a Kronan factory tour?)
Also, I've heard that in Denmark you can still get new (but made in Asia) Raleigh Tourist and Sport models, three speed- the whole bit. Anybody have any experience with these bikes? (I mean the new ones, as I said I eat-sleep- and breath the classics)
So if anybody has any suggestions about bike stores, places to buy new and used, factories, brands, things to do in these foreign places... please let me know. I'd like to make the most of my time there. Thanks, Ben.