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Headed to Switzerland for work. Anyone have suggestions for bike related things...?

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Headed to Switzerland for work. Anyone have suggestions for bike related things...?

I'd love to get my hands on a bike and ride up some crazy mountains. Moreover, I recall there being some brands you can only buy in Europe. I think Canyon used to be Euro only? Anything bike related or adjacent anyone thinks I should try or buy while I am out there?
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Buy bike stuff in next door countries. Such as Germany, France, Italy.

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Chocolate. Watches. Breath deep, clean air, and take solace that there's more to life than bicycles.
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Where in Switzerland? It is a very cycle friendly country.

Plus this: Stage plan overview: Tour de Suisse
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Originally Posted by Doge View Post
Buy bike stuff in next door countries. Such as Germany, France, Italy.
Any special suggestions?

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Chocolate. Watches. Breath deep, clean air, and take solace that there's more to life than bicycles.
You assume any of these are mutually exclusive.
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Originally Posted by mvnsnd View Post
Where in Switzerland? It is a very cycle friendly country.

Plus this: Stage plan overview: Tour de Suisse
Zurich to start, but I may have some freedom thereafter.

Awesome though. I didn't realize the timing.
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Buy Canyon bike & take delivery in nearby Germany; export to Switzerland in new condition (still in box), getting an export stamp at the border, and then Canyon will refund your 20% VAT. Canyon = the Dell of bikes...

Then, enjoy the best biking on the planet.
SwitzerlandMobility ? Cycling in Switzerland - Schweiz Mobil - Veloland
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Any special suggestions?
I don't know where you are. I have not purchased whole bikes, but have purchased parts in Germany, Italy, France and rented road bikes in Italy. I would suggest Italy and Germany over France which is likely the Alps / Annecy region. The typical Swiss pay/Swiss prices are higher. Just see where the locals go to shop. It is likely in a neighboring country.
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Zurich to start, but I may have some freedom thereafter.

Awesome though. I didn't realize the timing.

Doge gives good advice. Zurich is expensive as is most of Switzerland, so heading over to Germany to buy is a good idea. Trains have special cars with bike areas and you shouldn't have to worry about duty, but get the bike a little dirty first if you cross a border
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Originally Posted by mvnsnd View Post
Doge gives good advice. Zurich is expensive as is most of Switzerland, so heading over to Germany to buy is a good idea. Trains have special cars with bike areas and you shouldn't have to worry about duty, but get the bike a little dirty first if you cross a border
Or just take the train and ride back...
OP may want to also explore rowing. Big sport there and very good complement to cycling.
I never lived in Switzerland, but been there about 10X - from age 11. Beautiful place, but so expensive, relative to the neighborhood.

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Your post got me thinking of the times we went to Switzerland. We visited probably annually for 6 or 7 years, while we lived in Holland. Before we moved to Europe, before I was born, my parents happened to live in an apartment in the US where a lot of interns lived for the hospital down the street (where I was born). They made three really good friends there - the guy that operated on my mom (he still lives in the US) and two guys that returned to Switzerland to be doctors there. One lived in a primitive/huge chalet on a mountain in Solothurn (he was a huge adventurer, his family history/money allowed him to indulge a bit so he was constantly adventuring although he loved the old VW bus so he drove one of those everywhere), the other in a very nice house in Bern.

The chalet thing was weird but I wish I could go visit it. I have no idea if they still own it. The kids were super tough. One kid pulled a pocket knife out, opened the big blade, and started chasing my brother around. Because my brother (and I) were screaming bloody murder we failed some "toughness" test. The kid reported that we were "city boys". A day or two later we went sledding behind their house (which was on a mountain). I wanted to go really fast so I climbed way higher than the family kids dared to climb. It was thrilling but really time consuming (15 minutes to sled for 20 seconds or whatever). The pocket knife kid reported to his mom that "the city kids aren't that bad". Heh.

In a weird coincidence thing two riders came into my shop in '95 or '96. One was Mark Walters (he'd race for Pepsi domestically), the other was some guy from Solothurn. His kit had Solothurn on the back, I made a comment, apparently it was a town/local team (Bianchi with colors that reminded me of the Martini car racing teams), so we got talking. Not only was he from Solothurn, he knew the same family and apparently rented a room in the chalet for a while (and apparently dated one of the daughters? I didn't get the details on that bit).

Bern was nutty. To get to the house you turned off some big road and went straight up a steep hill. Straight like straight as an arrow. Up as in you got pushed back into your seat by gravity. The way down I actually put my seatbelt on in the back seat because otherwise I'd have slid off the seat. I'd love to figure out what that road was and Google/whatever it to see what the grade was. It is the steepest hill I remember being on, ever. One day the other doctor and his family came down to Bern and we all went for a hike in the woods in this sleety wet snow storm. I think there were 14 or 15 of us total. I was pretty grumbly trudging through the snow, seemingly lost, thoughts of being eaten by a wolf and such. Then after an hour or so we stopped at some tree that apparently the Solothurn/adventurer doc had already found, one that had fallen over a bit. They built an enormous bon fire and someone pulled out a huge bag of potatoes. We wrapped them in aluminum foil and stuck them in the fire. For good riddance I tried to hang some of my totally not-appropriate-for-the-conditions clothing up on stuff to try and dry them out (I was a kid so it was sort of okay). After forever we got the potatoes out, put some butter on them, and had the best potatoes I've ever had. Then we trudged back to the cars (the return trip was much easier mentally).

So I have no idea what you should do in Switzerland, but you got me thinking of all sorts of stuff.
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