Buying a Trekking or "Randonneur" bike from Germany online.
Has anyone ever done this?
I live in South Korea and I am in the market for a 26" touring bike. I will probably end up buying a stock Surly LHT, as it represents the best value for money and is the only real 26" expedition touring bike available on the local market suitable for a Clyde rider like myself.
However: I've been looking at some of the German bikes on the Internet, Poison bikes, Patria, Velotraum etc. I really like the over-sized aluminium frames (for some unknown reason--I know all the arguments in favor of steel...) and the general concept and look of the 26" "randonneur" style German bikes.
My question is, has anyone successfully negotiated the German "konfigurator", ordered and paid for a bike from a German company and had it shipped to them outside of the Eu?
I am working with a budget of around $1800 Euros for bike and shipping (with 200 in reserve for tax), as that is what it will cost (Eur 2000 or so) to buy a stock Surly LHT, upgrade a few components and add racks and fenders/mudguards.
Don't know about the shipping but with today's aluminum it is not a problem. MiddleEurope tours pretty much on aluminum
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Last edited by fietsbob; 07-15-15 at 11:09 PM.
I ordered a frame from the UK. A key point is that I ordered it from a company that ships a lot of their frames and complete bikes all over the world. I also have ordered a lot of parts from suppliers in the UK, France and Germany that ship all over the world. (Right now I have a German shipment stuck in Chicago according to the tracking number.)
For a frame or a complete bike, questions you might want to ask include do they have a lot of experience shipping stuff all over the world or not? How well do they pack things? Are there others out there that have bought from them that have cited their experience on the internet? In my case a lot of people spoke quite highly of their experiences buying from the company that I bought the frame from.
For 1800 Euros, you are almost at the price range of some low end Rohloff bikes, but when I say that I am assessing the sum of prices for parts and not a complete bike.
One of my biggest hassles was the credit card company that suspected fraud and blocked payment. I since have used a different card for foreign purchases. Some of my cards charge a 1 percent currency transaction fee, some charge 3 percent. These are from banks in USA, I do not know about your methods of payment.
Last edited by Tourist in MSN; 07-16-15 at 09:03 AM.