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Old 12-19-06, 07:21 PM   #1
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american bike messenger traveling in europe...

hey all, i'm heading to x-days in zurich over new years and then i'm going to be on the continent for all of january and february heading to budapest, vienna, prague, berlin, brussels, paris, barcelona, and perhaps other places. looking for anyone in any of these places who might be willing to show me around or let me know of a place to crash. i've been a messenger in minneapolis, mn for four years now, ride fixed, and i'm interested to find out more about euro bike culture and such. reply or drop me a line.

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Old 12-20-06, 08:14 AM   #2
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try emailing the Keirin Cafe shop in berlin. they can help. http://www.keirinberlin.de/


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Old 12-20-06, 08:19 AM   #3
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try emailing the Keirin Cafe shop in berlin. they can help. http://www.keirinberlin.de/


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This is from their link page.

Messengers Worldwide
www.messengers.org
IFBMA Worldwide Messenger Resource hub

www.bme.org
Bike Messengers Europe

www.nybma.com
New York Bicycle Messenger Assoc.

www.ahalenia.com/sfbma
San Francisco Bicycle Messenger Assoc.

www.londonmessengers.org
London Bicycle Messenger Assoc.

www.bc-hellsinki.com
Helsinki Bicycle Messenger Assoc.

www.sydbma.org
Sydney Bicycle Messenger Assoc.

www.cbma.dk
Copenhagen Bicycle Messenger Assoc.

www.frankfurtsfinestmessengers.org
Frankfurt Bike Messenger Assoc.

www.warsawcarkillers.org
Warsaw Bike Messenger Assoc.

www.bicyclemessenger.com
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Global Courier Companies from A - Z
www.infinity-express.com
Amsterdam

www.velocity.nl
Arnhem

www.pedalcoop.com
Barcelona

www.veloexpress.ch
Basel

www.general-overnight.com
Berlin

www.sprint-logistik.com
Bremen

www.hercehurca.hu
www.hajtaspajtas.hu
www.elitexpressz.hu
Budapest

www.mercurymessenger.org
Calgary

www.bikesyndikat.de
Cologne

www.deadlinecouriers.dk
Copenhagen

www.tourdeville.nl
Eindhoven

www.crosstownhonolulu.com
Honolulu

www.messenger-kaze.com
Kyoto

www.velocite.ch
Lausanne

www.ciclosmensajeros.com
Mexico City

www.checkercourier.com
www.nyminutemessenger.com
NYC

www.urbancycle.fr
Paris

www.portlandmessenger.org
www.magpiemessenger.com
Portland

www.godspeedcourier.com
San Francisco

www.circuitopostal.com
Santiago de Chile

www.bikecourier.com.br
Sao Paulo

www.die-radler.de
Stuttgart

www.courier-tokyo.com
www.cyclex.jp
Tokyo

www.hermes.at
Vienna

www.dccourier.com
Washington DC

www.courio-city.com
Yokohama

www.veloblitz.ch
Zürich



Give them a stop over and say thanks for having the links.

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Old 12-20-06, 03:07 PM   #4
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Talk to LoFarkas about Budapest. Have a good time there. Down some Unicum. It'll warm your stomach and brace you for that cold cold winter.
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Old 12-20-06, 04:03 PM   #5
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Damn, I just moved back to the US from Paris last year, or else I would have hooked you up over there. Really great city, very bike-able. I might still be able to help you out, but I haven't really been there as a tourist, so I don't know how much useful info I can tell you. I can give you the name of some good bars, if nothing else.
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Old 12-19-07, 04:29 AM   #6
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Hey. I live in Belgium. If you need some info; hit me up. You got to drink some belgian beer while in Belgium. It's the ****! The one you have to try is called "BUSH". Lates!
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Old 12-19-07, 04:43 AM   #7
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Talk to LoFarkas about Budapest. Have a good time there. Down some Unicum. It'll warm your stomach and brace you for that cold cold winter.
Yeah, I'm the resident Bp guy here. Sounds like you got a nice plan going.

I'm just a commuter and BF addict, not really in messenger circles and all that.
Ex-forum member ella (originally from NY) happens to live here now. She knows all the Bp messengers (she married one) so if you want to hang out w/ messengers/bike maniacs I can put you in touch with her. If you went to CMWC's you may know her or some local messies.

Unicum strongly recommended, but try some pálinka as well. Vilmos is good stuff

PM for IRL name/details of ella or other particulars.
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hey, brother, i'm most likely doing the same thing, same time. i'll start in paris i think, and mostly am looking to move to barcelona. i want to find out about cycling there, as well. but if you need friend and our schedules would coincide, let's go around some. i'll meet up with the squatters in barcelona to live, but other than that, use couchsurfing.com to find free and friendly accommodation.
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The original post is from over a year ago.
I bet his trip is over by now.
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Old 12-19-07, 08:46 AM   #10
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haha, clever eye, deathhare. the three of us that made this active again now admit to proper dumbassery.

but, hey, op, what'd you find out?
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im living in germany (from massachusetts), but will be in austria for the winter holidays. Other than kerin belrin i have had problems finding fixed stuff. there is one shop in the netherlands i have ordered from that offers a bit, but not too much. All the people in the local bikeshops here dont even know much about fixed.. if anything. i know in london fixed stuff is pretty popular, but besides that you rarely see it in europe. most cycling is based around just utilitarian city transport bikes. racks, fenders, bells, big tires, heavy, upright, etc. and sometimes a bit of road riding.
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Old 12-19-07, 05:54 PM   #12
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search more.. i found track oriented shops in many cities of europe while i was there.. road shops all over as well.
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search more.. i found track oriented shops in many cities of europe while i was there.. road shops all over as well.
In which cities, exactly?
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Haha deathheare... gr tricked me. I wonder how I didn't notice this thread back then tho. Obvious conclusion: I don't spend enough time on BF.
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Haha deathheare... gr tricked me. I wonder how I didn't notice this thread back then tho. Obvious conclusion: I don't spend enough time on BF.
Ha ha. The only reason I did it was because someone got me the same way a couplle weeks back.
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