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Old 06-24-18, 03:03 AM
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Buying a bicycle in Vietnam

Not sure if this is the right thread, but I'm of to Vietnam next year for a cycling trip, and am contemplating buying a bike there rather than take the Brompton. I'll be doing most of the cycling in the Mekong and Red River Deltas.

Ideally I'd be looking at a Vietnamese made bike, either touring or road, with an aluminium frame. The bike will be bought in HCM city, so can anyone recommend a shop where you can pick up a locally-made model or a locally made brand? I'm not interested in the Treks, Cannondales, Colnagos etc which can be found in most of the shops, according to their websites, anyway.
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Not sure if this is the right thread, but I'm of to Vietnam next year for a cycling trip, and am contemplating buying a bike there rather than take the Brompton. I'll be doing most of the cycling in the Mekong and Red River Deltas.
Just as a general warning, cycling has dramatically declined in Vietnam in favor of motorized vehicles. I found next to impossible to rent a bike while in Halong City, while there were plenty of motorbike offerings. There are nearly no bicycles in the streets. Eventually I convinced a hotel owner to loan me a bicycle that they kept for occasional private use. I got to some bicycle shops in Hanoi, but I cannot recall any particular Vietnamese offerings, just some run of the mill low-end usually Chinese offerings like anywhere else.
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Thanks, but I’ve visited Vietnam recently plus hired a motorbike, so I have a fair idea of traffic conditions. The choice of the two deltas was precisely as a result of those visits, I certainly would not cycle in HCM city or Hanoi, even walking on the pavement is highly dangerous.

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I thought this was going to be a thread about Enve carbon parts (like the forks they said were made in the US until they had to recall a bunch of them, at which point it was blamed on production in Vietnam).
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Originally Posted by avole View Post
Not sure if this is the right thread, but I'm of to Vietnam next year for a cycling trip, and am contemplating buying a bike there rather than take the Brompton. I'll be doing most of the cycling in the Mekong and Red River Deltas.

Ideally I'd be looking at a Vietnamese made bike, either touring or road, with an aluminium frame. The bike will be bought in HCM city, so can anyone recommend a shop where you can pick up a locally-made model or a locally made brand? I'm not interested in the Treks, Cannondales, Colnagos etc which can be found in most of the shops, according to their websites, anyway.
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Because a month on ti is pushing things a bit ! Folders have many virtues, and I do use mine for touring, but four weeks more or less on the trot deserves a bit of comfort, they are less than perfect for touring, especially if the roads are bad.
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