I'm studying going to Germany and specially Leipzig this summer for around 100 days. Personally I am very interested in cycling as a sport and as a means of transportation. I have a good bicycle here in Egypt and I am planning to use the bicycle as a main transportation means inside Leipzig as well as for small rides, maybe from Leipzig to cities nearby. Hence I will need a good bicycle.

I have three options to have a bicycle there

  1. Renting a bicycle in Germany costs usually 5 euro per day. If I am going to stay for 100 days it will cost a fortune I can buy a good bike with that money instead, also bicycles being rent in Germany Road bikes are not suitable to make large distances with.

  2. Buying a used bike in Germany, I'm seeking something less than 100 Euro, because most probably I won't be able to spend more money to get it back to Egypt.

  3. Shipping my bicycle to Germany and back to Egypt. This shouldn't cost more than 100 Euro also the price of a used bike there.

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    Go with option 2. shipping it does not make sense, not only financially but it is much more headache! – Nean Der Thal May 5 '13 at 16:57
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    If you go with option 2, at the end of your stay you can sell your bike so you get some money back – Rabbit May 5 '13 at 17:53
  • where i can find cycling communities in Leipzig or in Germany where i can ask for used bicycles ? – Hady Elsahar May 5 '13 at 21:39
  • @HadyElsahar newspaper ads, bicycle shops... – jwenting May 6 '13 at 7:10
  1. Rental prices are not designed for periods of more than a few days. It might be possible to negotiate a long-term price at a flexible rental business.
  2. It's definitely possible to get a decent used bike for 50-100 EUR. There's a risk that it could be a stolen one, but almost none of running into problems, even if it is.
  3. I'm pretty sure that shipping a bike from Germany to Egypt and back will cost more than 100 EUR.

As already said, the best option would be to buy a used bike. You can find very good offers on eBay kleinanzeigen. You can find a good bike even for under 50 EUR.

Another option is wo-bleibt-mein-fahrrad.de. They buy, sell and repair old bikes in Leipzig. I'm not sure if that would be useful for you, but maybe there are some interesting cheap bikes.

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