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Bargains in France?(10 posts)

Bargains in France?PS
Jun 9, 2003 9:30 AM
Hi all--

I posted a question about the Pyrenees earlier, but want to know if anyone knows about good deals on cycling gear in France.

I figure that since TIME pedals and CARNAC shoes are both French, they might be available at great prices there.

What say you, eh?

what have we told you about supporting the French.......african
Jun 9, 2003 9:46 AM
just kidding, I am eating brie right now. I love the French, especially the French podium girls......
what have we told you about supporting the French.......PS
Jun 9, 2003 10:20 AM
Hah! The French have ALWAYS been pains in the ass...that's part of their allure!
re: Bargains in France?mapei boy
Jun 9, 2003 1:43 PM
Whenever I go to France (which is as often as I can), I don't exactly seek out bike shops; but when I have gone into shops I haven't found the deals to be especially wonderful. Still, it's fun to nose through the occasional shop. And who knows, you might find something really groovy.
re: Bargains in France?king of Norway
Jun 9, 2003 2:11 PM
You can find some good deals at the Decathalon sporting good store but not really high end stuff. I picked up ag2r kit at a very cheap price. Other than that i too was expecting to see more but didn't. In fact the best deals i saw on Carnacs (and i should've picked them up ) was in England. I recall Geoffrey Butler cycles in South Croyden (near London) had good deals on Carnacs whcih were better than I saw in France.
re: Bargains in France?PS
Jun 9, 2003 2:48 PM
Hello, Your Majesty!

Too bad-- I was especially hoping to find good deals on Carnacs there (hell--they MAKE 'em). Oh well.

re: Cool Shop in Lourdesteoteoteo
Jun 9, 2003 4:23 PM

In 2001 I picked up some nice DMT's at a cool shop in Lourdes--it's in the Pyrenee's and as a bonus the shop owner had a lovely daughter that helped me with fit!

As a general rule I have found some great deals on clothing but everything else is hit or miss.
Do you recall the name or locations?Mariowannabe
Jun 9, 2003 5:56 PM
I'm going to be staying in Lourdes for 4 days in July. Bringing my bike and riding a few Cols.

It would be great to know a recommended shop. Thanks,
Do you recall the name or locations?teoteoteo
Jun 9, 2003 6:42 PM
I think the name has Lourdes in it but I can't recall exactly--I can tell you this, the location is out of the city center. To get there you are closer to the edges of the city. I saw it on my way into the city and traced my way back a few days later.

The road we were on goes into the city center, after looking at a map I know that we took the N21 highway from Tarbes towards Lourdes. The N21 enters Lordes from the North/Northwest.

I know that you should be able to get info from hotel/phone book and I tried a google search with no luck.

Sorry about the vague response.
Lourdes Bike ShopI Love Shimano
Jun 9, 2003 9:58 PM
that must be the shop I saw on our way to the grotto. I forget the street name though.

In Paris I visited Cycles La Gazelle (Ave. Grande Armee) and Cycles LAurent (9 boulevard Voltaire) where I bought a frameset. Deals? Didn't see any. But the shops are worth might see something interesting. There is also another bike shop in the Grande Armee's called Velo and was closed when I tried to visit it, so I really don;t know how good the shop is..but it looked inviting from outside! Enjoy France!