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Old 04-12-08, 02:39 AM   #1
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Bike shops in Naples or Sorrento in Italy?

Hi, I will be travelling to Naples and Sorrento in Italy soon, so I need to know of any good bike shops with cycling gear and accessories. Please advise, thanks.
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I don't know of any bike shops in particular, but a popular mode of transportation in Italy, and elsewhere in Europe is by bicycle. Interestingly, there aren't many "chain" stores, so I would say the LBS in the areas you plan to travel are your best bet.
On a side note, on a trip to Italy I discovered I didn't bring any Tylenol with me. When I did need some I went to the Pharmacy to buy some. Seems simple, right? Well between the language barrier and me trying to do charades to tell them what I wanted. I walked out frustrated. All the time they thought I wanted shampoo!
Have fun on your trip!
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Traveling to Naples, is this a visit, or to stay? If you're coming from the states I'd suggest buying what you need before hand. (Don't go crazy or customs will give you a hard time)

VAT tax is super high, like 20% I think. So you can add that to anything you buy.

I can't recommend anything down in that area, I'm in northern Italy.

You won't have any trouble finding nice cycle shops.
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I don't know of any bike shops in particular, but a popular mode of transportation in Italy, and elsewhere in Europe is by bicycle. Interestingly, there aren't many "chain" stores, so I would say the LBS in the areas you plan to travel are your best bet.
On a side note, on a trip to Italy I discovered I didn't bring any Tylenol with me. When I did need some I went to the Pharmacy to buy some. Seems simple, right? Well between the language barrier and me trying to do charades to tell them what I wanted. I walked out frustrated. All the time they thought I wanted shampoo!
Have fun on your trip!
Well you could say the universal word "aspirin" and go on from there, or memorize the active ingredient of your medicine. Most Italians understand 100 English words, obviously you found one that did not...
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Traveling to Naples, is this a visit, or to stay? If you're coming from the states I'd suggest buying what you need before hand. (Don't go crazy or customs will give you a hard time)

VAT tax is super high, like 20% I think. So you can add that to anything you buy.

I can't recommend anything down in that area, I'm in northern Italy.

You won't have any trouble finding nice cycle shops.
I come from Greece, so no customs, and VAT is the same. I want to look for Italian bike shoes like Northwave (or are they only for export?) and some other cool gear that I can't find locally. I will be staying only for three days, so I would prefer to have this information beforehand. Is there an Italian web site that would list the bike shops in each city?

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I know this is way off topic, but I was in Sorrento for 5 days last fall, and that was fun! Enjoy!
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When I had my cross bike built up while I lived over there I had a hell of a time telling the guy I wanted the brake levers switched so I could dismount easier. There are tons of small bike shops all over Italy...I doubt many of them advertise their services on the web though.
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