View Full Version : new bike from america?
25th November 2007, 6:31 PM
with the current exchange rate being what it is does any1 know of any good bike buys from the states? ie a scott cyclocross, just a thought before I buy a cross bike in the new year
Peter Ford 2
25th November 2007, 7:09 PM
Remmber import tax may be likely on anything u buy!
25th November 2007, 9:35 PM
Yeah, you have to factor in:1) VAT 2) Duty. I think there is a special rate for bicycles 3) Shipping. Probably a tad over £100 for a bicycle from the U.S. Amazingly it can still work out as a good deal though if you find a good price from a retailer on ebay willing to ship to Europe. I recently got a Bianchi Axis cc bike from the states and even after all the extra expenses still saved about £100 over the end-of-season deals in the UK. The whole experience is a little stressful though, especially worrying about how well the bike is going to be packaged and whether it will survive the journey intact... I was lucky. Not sure if I would bother to repeat the experience. Remember you will probably want to swap the left & right brakes around.
Adam Tranter (athletically inept)
25th November 2007, 9:58 PM
All of that, to save £100? I think you can get good deals on things like Litespeeds though.
25th November 2007, 10:47 PM
Well, I don't regret it. I'm in Finland though, so the VAT is a bit higher and the saving over local prices a bit more. If I'd bought the bike from Britain I'd still have had to worry about shipping. It's touch and go as to whether it's worth it. Maybe it isn't unless you find an unusually good price on something you can't find locally. Don't know for certain about the UK but when doing the sums remember the shipping costs themselves are also taxable!
26th November 2007, 7:19 PM
didnt know about the brake thing, I knew about the import tax etc as I buy ultralight materials for my small venture in ultralight camping equipment from the states.just wondering if any1 knew any good deals or particular shop recommendations. I think if its only gonna save upto £100 ill probably surf for a good deal in the UK.
Chris (Kenny) Lawson
26th November 2007, 7:38 PM
As Adam said, it can be quite brand dependant. I researched it last time I went to the States as I was considering bringing a frame back with me and trying to avoid import duties.If you want something Italian, forget it. If you don't mind riding a lesser known (in the UK) brand such as KHS you can save quite a bit of cash.My view is when you factor in taxes, import duty and possible warrantly issues, it just isn't worth it.As has been said many, many times buy local and build that relationship with your LBS if at all possible.
White saddle Rider
26th November 2007, 9:44 PM
try R&Acycles.com they have a lot of experience in shipping to the UK. They are in Brooklyn so forgive them if they appear a bit errr aggressive, its just the way they speak...they may also charge you local sales tax which is not included in the price which in NY is 8%.