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Auction action

Just one row of the bikes on offer
It happens once every two months and, if you are a fan of bikes, it is absolute must see - the Polizei auction in Berlin.

After a winter break, there were even more bikes on offer this time - nearly 300 in total.

Met Mylene, Andrew and Patrick there and there was an excited buzz among us. Always curious and on the look out for a cheap bike that can enter service with BikeSurfBerlin, I am practically a veteran of these auctions at this point.

The clientele mostly consists of the hearty bike traders in winter, as opposed to the inquisitive hipster population that frequents such events in summer.

Ihr habt gewonnen!
After a perusal of the available bikes from 8:00 to 10:00, the bidding starts, thankfully indoors. We are all here with different missions: Mylene, a kickass trekking bike that will be reliant enough to complete 2000km without flinching, eagle eyes Patrick ever eager to snap up a bargain with resale value and me with my more meagre BikeSurfBerlin budget of 10€ maximum per bike.

Snagged this puppy for a song.
And we're off! Over a nice picnic, we bid on our lots, with the hope of snagging our bargains. Patrick finds his diamond in the rough, in the form of a Rocky Mountain, that looks due for its 20th birthday any day now, for 25€. Mylene has here eyes on a  modern trekking bike, Steppenwolf, which she valiantly wins for 270€. And the very last lot of the morning, a trekking/ city bike, goes to yours truly for 70€ - a tad outside the BSB budget, but bought it for someone else.

The tiger versus the Steppenwolf.

The bidding for the available bikes lasts until midday and in the end, as they say, "everyone's a winner!"

The next auction is in approximately 2 months - see the calendar in "Things to do" for exact details of future events.

Definitely, the best way to buy a bike in Berlin; cheap, fun and the bikes are not stolen.


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Upcoming BVG and Polizei bicycle auctions - a great way to get your own bike.

Some of you may not have been in Berlin long enough to hear about the bicycle auctions that happen on behalf of Polizei and BVG every two months. Those bikes that are not claimed by their owners after an allotted time are sold off to the highest bidder at these auctions.

Having attended many of these auctions, I recommend the Polizei auctions as they are more organised and have a larger number of bikes on offer.
The benefits of buying a bike in this manner are:
cheap bikes - cheaper than flohmarktsproof of receipt - means you can sell off bike later more easilynot supporting bicycle theftit's an exciting atmosphere and gives you a buzz when you're the highest bidder  It is best if you go there with someone who knows what to look out for in buying a second hand bike, as they are of varying quality and a little bit about how numbers sound in German is a plus.

If you contact us at BSB, we may be attending and be able to help you out in choosing a suitable ride.

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Berlin city guide


Map of cool free things to do in Berlin | Another CS specific guide can be found here | To get a real free tour guide of the hidden treasures of Berlin check | For a guide to the cycle lanes and route planning | A guide to free events going on in Berlin
ON and OFF the beaten track sightseeingTemplehof airportWhere: NeukollnTreptower parkWhere: Treptower Mauer parkWhere: PrenzlauerbergFlea market and karaoke on Sundays Gorlitzer parkWhere: Kreuzbergcheck out Edelweiss bar (also dark mini-golf)  Maybachufer Turkish marketWhere: KreuzbergTuesdays and Fridays onlyBest deals on fruit and vegetables after 18:00 when the stalls are closing up  Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-ZentrumWhere: Mittearchitecture is amazingNo bags allowed in library - lock your bags in locker room downstairs (small lock required - eg luggage lock)Kopi 137 squatWhere: KreuzbergFriday afternoons is bike repairing - tell them BikeSurf sent you :-) TeufelsbergWhere: GrunewaldPanorama over Berl…

BikeSurfBerlin information poster

Wonderful information poster, courtesy of Raelina and her US friends.

Feel free to print, distribute or send to all your friends or other interested parties. This will help BSB become even bigger in 2014 and hopefully inspire others to set up similar projects elsewhere.