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Q: Finding the "elusive" Er Ba Che bike in Beijing

I am in the market for a new bike, but I don't want to buy another one of those "tin can" numbers that passes for a bike these days. Back in the good old days, everyone in China biked around on Er Ba Che 二八车 bikes, and they were more or less the definition of "solidly built". They look like this: http://www.517sc.com/bbs/viewthread.php?tid=322455.

Does anyone know where I can find one of these in Beijing? I hear that they are pretty hard to come by these days.

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8 years 12 weeks ago in  Transport & Travel - Beijing

 
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I Guangzhou they're sold in any bike shop and they're cheapu (under 300RMB), so keep your eyes peeled as you walk past a bike shop or even pop in and show them the picture and ask them to order you one

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You should be able to find a bicycle like this in any of the lower-market end bicycle shops in the capital.  Flying Pigeon still makes a bicycle like this, or very close to it, as does Forever Bicycle (Shanghai).  Many persons still have this kind of bicycle in the city where I live ... and new ones at that.  Then there's always taobao but in the end, just ind the Flying Pigeon or Forever local dealer.

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I used to own one like this. It looked really cool. The brakes were ALWAYS broken, the tire ended up being mostly air chamber "band-aids", the foot (the thing that holds your bike up when you get off it) fell off, and that was only after about 4 months. I had to visit the roadside bike repairers every single time I went for a ride, got sick of it, and decided to sell it. It broke again on the way to the bike shop, I called it a piece of shit and gave it the finger, and left it on the walkway without the safety on. At least someone got a free bike that day.

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there is a used bike market in north jinan that has these old communist bikes that you had to wait for production to get with your raffle ticket. the bikes are 18 rmb , nobody wants them here, i could get 2 free right now from friends that have them in storage for guests to use when they visit.

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