We believe cycling changes the way people think about and interact with their environment. Having the opportunity to get a free (or cheap) rental bike allows people to fall in love with biking all over again.
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
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If you contact us at BSB, we may be attending and be able to help you out in choosing a suitable ride.