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How to Find a Nice Bicycle in Beijing

Beijing is the metropolis which has the largest number of bicycles. For those who want to bike through the city to explore Beijing on your own pace, here are some tips about how to find a nice bike while visiting Beijing.

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Do some homework about bikes in Beijing
According to estimates, there are more than nine million bicycles in Beijing. The number of bicycles in Beijing may have decreased with the ever increasing number of automobiles which seem to run in every corner of the metropolis. However, the figures showing the numbers of bicycles in Beijing are not likely to fairly the exact number of bikes in Beijing. It is almost impossible to work out exactly how many bikes are in the city. There are a large number of second-used bikes sold by small retailers. There are also plenty of bikes rotting away in the Wudaokou bike graveyard - a cluster of rusty bikes abandoned by their Tsinghua and Beida student owners outside the subway. You can find the bikes that are repaired from scratch using parts of old bikes by the some men making a living by fixing bikes in Beijing.

Head to one of brand name bicycle stores
If you are looking forward to cycling and planning on venturing up into the off the beaten path destination outside Beijing, then you really need to find a decent bike. Beijing has a wide selection of international bike brands which are easy to find in the city. They offer not only high quality bikes, but also accessories and components that you may need if anything happens to the bike. Windspeed is one of the top bike brands in Beijing, with dozens of locations across Beijing where you can find decent helmets, shorts, tools, components and bicycle clothing. In the store you also can find trained repairmen ready to be at your service at any time. Alternatively, head to the Giant store on Jiaodaokou Dongdajie where you can find a wide range of the Taiwanese mountain bike brand, along with bike locks, helmets and other accessories. If you need a bike which you can ride to the subway and then carry on the train with you, then you can head into one of the many Dahon stores across town and find a decent folding bike.

Overall, investing in a bike is a great way to explore essence of Beijing at your own pace! Also, if you like, you could choose Beijing Bike Tour, a new theme tour in Beijing offered by the travel agency.