Buying New and Second-Hand Bicycles in Geneva

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Geneva might not be Amsterdam but that doesn’t mean there are not enough person-powered two wheels to go around. Here is a recap of some of the coolest or better known spots to buy new and second hand bikes.

Non-profits

  • Flea markets are ideal for cheap, second hand bikes. Find upcoming flea markets in my constantly-updated list
  • Genève Roule sells a few second hand bikes. When purchasing a bike from this organization, you help a non-profit that not only promotes biking in the canton but also provides work for asylum and refugee seekers and people in long-term unemployment
  • Fourrière Vélos du canton, sells recycled and second hand bikes directly from the city of Geneva, open every Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Pavillon Cayla, this ultra-cool project has been developed by the city in an old manoir that was scheduled to be torn down. Instead, it has become an atelier where you can fix your own bike. You can also buy a bike from one of the many amateur bike aficionados that use the pavillon. CHF10 francs a year make you a member (and the right to grill while fixing your bike). Cayla also hosts free fix-your-own-bike workshops
  • Peclot 13, is a non-profit engaged in recycling bike components and promoting biking. Peclot sells second-hand bikes at prices similar to some stores. The difference is that profits stay in the local economy. There are three stores and ateliers in Geneva: Grottes, Plainpalais and Jonction
  • ProVelo which advocates on behalf of bicycle riders in Geneva hosts several bike exchange markets/fairs a year. Drop off your two-wheel beauty between 10:00 and 11:30 and pick up your cash by 14:00. ProVelo also hosts free fix-your-own-bike workshops
  • Velosophe in Chambésy, helps you tailor your own bike. Join this cool project or simply buy an affordable customized bicycle

Private businesses

  • Ashkan Sports in Champel sells bikes and other sports equipment
  • Bike Passion in Plainpalais sells all kinds of new bikes and e-bikes
  • Bike Store also in Plainpalais sells new and used bikes and e-bikes, it is also a repair shop
  • Bikes 2 Fold, specializes in foldable bikes and triporteurs (cargo bikes)
  • Bike Switzerland organizes tours, loans bikes and upkeep high-end cycles
  • Bos Bikes, in the St Jean/Charmilles area sells high-end and classic spec mountain bikes
  • Cycles P. Garufi, in the Charmilles neighborhood sells new and second hand bikes at reasonable prices
  • Cycle Performance, in Carouge sells medium to high-end bikes including for children
  • Daniel Girard, in the St Jean/Charmilles area sells high-end new and second hand bikes
  • E-bike Center near the airport specializes in new, expensive electric bikes
  • Eco-Ride in the Jonction area specializes in green? e-bikes in Grand Sacconnex
  • Hotpoint Cycling in Paquis sells expensive new bikes
  • Hors Piste, located in Plainpalais for the past 30 years, sells medium to high-end bikes
  • Jean Brun et fils also in Plainpalais, is well known for selling high-end city and road bike$
  • JSanch located on and off in the Jonction-Cornavin area sells high-end customized bicycles and parts
  • M-Bikes is a Swiss high-end bike retailer with one shop in the Paquis
  • Sold Sports has a great selection of new and second hand bikes and bike parts. There are two stores one in Carouge, the second one near the Montbrilant/train station area in Geneva with an atelier where they fix bikes
  • Tri Bike in Grand Lancy sells new bikes
  • Velo Land for those who need new and expensive bikes has a store in Acacias/Carouge and several others around Switzerland
  • Viscacha Bike in the city center specializes in repairs and sells new and a few second hand Italian bikes

Private sellers and businesses (online)

  • Anibis (Swiss classifieds)
  • Glocals (social networking site)
  • Gonser.ch (sells new bikes and bike parts on line only)
  • Ricardo (Swiss version of Ebay, requires registration)

Photo of lovely old Swiss bike found at a bike fair.


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