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Looking to do bike messenging in Dublin - which bike?

Old 12-14-05, 05:45 AM
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Looking to do bike messenging in Dublin - which bike?

Hey all,

I've been cycling as a commuter for years, especially at University in the states. Now I am on a work holiday in Edinburgh, Scotland until March, and then I will be moving to Dublin for 4 months. I would like to try my hand at being a bike messenger in Dublin but need some advice on finding a reasonably priced bike that would be appropriate for the job.

Any bike messengers out there that would be willing to give me some tips when purchasing a bike? (Single gear? Hybrid? Mountain bike? Road bike? I have no idea really.) I don't have a whole lot of cash but I recognise that it's important to get something that will serve me well. I'm looking to spend 200 or less, if possible. I would also like to be able to travel with this bike around Scotland before moving to Dublin in March.

Also if anyone knows a couple of good bike messenging forums, please let me know. I've googled around for some but couldn't find anything quite as nice as this forum.

Thanks all,
Kieran
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Old 12-14-05, 07:28 AM
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I have seen all kinds of bikes used by messengers in Dublin, from track frames with fixed gears to hybrid bikes to cheapo mountain bikes. The city is pretty flat so you won't need a lot of gears, it does rain a bit so might be worth getting mudguards. There is a big problem with bike theft there so be careful.

While you're in Scotland, the Edinburgh Bicycle Co-op sells an own-brand model called Courier which might be worth a look.

For more info you might try searching or posting on boards.ie (http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/forumdisplay.php?f=410) is the Cycling forum, this question was asked recently and got a few replies with details of courier companies in the city.
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Fergus - thanks for the tips! I will check out the Edinburgh bike coop this evening. Their courier custom urban bike looks really nice for the price. I should be able to save up to get something like that.

I've found 2 bike courier companies in Dublin - The Creative Courier Co. (not to be confused with a similarly named company in London) and Cyclone Couriers (www.cyclonecouriers.com). Has anybody had experience with either of these? I couldn't find any more bike courier services online, if anyone knows of others please let me know.

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