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Where to buy a bike in Italy?(7 posts)

Where to buy a bike in Italy?singletrackusa
Jan 6, 2003 2:41 PM
I have a family member that does lots of export business in Italy. I'm wondering if I could save some cash on a new Italian road bike by getting him to buy one there and then ship it to me. Are there high tariffs to worry about? Can anybody recommend a good Italian mail order website? any pitfalls to avoid? Thanks
re: Where to buy a bike in Italy?morency
Jan 7, 2003 7:22 AM
not at all, all italian bikes are more expensive in Italy.
I live in Belgium. A friend of mine, living in Italy, informed for a pinarello Prince, with campagnolo, full italian bike. Price in Belgium was almost 500 dollars cheaper! strange, we thought, informing on other brands like Ciocc, Colnago,.. they were all more expensive.
Even looked at cars like alfa romeo and fiat, they were also more expensive. Strange but troo.
re: Where to buy a bike in Italy?twobits
Jan 9, 2003 4:24 PM
it's true Belgium was very cheap for bike parts and stuff. are there any Belgian websites?
re: Where to buy a bike in Italy?morency
Jan 13, 2003 4:41 AM
no online shops for the moment, almost belgian prices you will find at www.salden.nl
One catch, it is in dutch
re: Where to buy a bike in Italy?n2tennis
Jan 8, 2003 8:52 AM
I've never ordered from them but the prices on www.zonabici.com look pretty good. What may be expensive would be the shipping and any customs and duty fees. I hope this helps...
re: Where to buy a bike in Italy?t-bill
Jan 10, 2003 1:34 PM
Check out http://www.maestro-uk.com/ - he has the best prices I've seen on Colnago, DeRosa, and Ciocc. The shipping is rather expensinve, but still way below what you would pay in the U.S. There is also http://www.italianbikesusa.com/ - they have limtied quantities of some Colnagos, Pinarellos, and DeRosas at really good prices.
re: Where to buy a bike in Italy?Trev84
Jan 17, 2003 5:39 PM
Hey There!

The reason most things are more expensive in their respective source countries (i.e.: electronics in - Japan/Mavics in France) is primarily due to distribution and the Sales tax (V.A.T./T.V.A.)rate, which Europeans, especially France and Italy, pay through the nose!

Some people on this site used to promote "romeobike"
(Not there anymore-?) in Italy, but I nevertheless
thought it was way too expensive! They indicated they charged you less V.A.T., but I suspect their base prices were a bit padded.

The best place to shop for European bikes is the U.K. We speak their language and, for the most part you'll get good service and great prices!

Check out "Parker" and "SDeals" two of my all time favorites!

Good Luck!

Trev