"quality bikes can
be a lot cheaper"
I want to sell a bicycle:
Very easy: register your bike at the entrance, get the cycle and your personal ID checked, deposit the bike on the square. In the late afternoon, you can come back to claim your money (or take home the bike).
Registration of bikes for private persons (max 5 bikes per family): On the selling day (=Saturday) 8-11 h. Bring your bike before selling starts = even better chances of success! Dates of the next market: check at top on the right hand or register your e-mail address above on the left (recommended).
Fetching money for private persons: Sat 15-17 h
Registration of bikes for dealers (= more than 5 bikes): check below
Fee: 18% of the selling price. We will not charge anything for bikes which are not sold.
How to set the selling price: You may decide yourself how much you want to ask for your bike. If you are uncertain: Just have a look around first or ask the staff members at the entrance. Bikes of any price range will be accepted.
Price modifications: may not be applied after registration unless you get a signature from a staff member.
Defective bicycles: your bike does not have to be perfect. Quite a few buyers are looking for bicycles they will repair themselves. You may just have to adjust the selling price accordingly.
Stolen bikes: will not be sold. We check all the bicycles at registration and ask for a valid ID. The police will be called if there are any irregularities.
Details for dealers (= more than 5 bikes): ADMISSION ONLY IF YOU CONTACT US BEFORE THE MARKET
Registration of bikes for dealers: on Fri 17-20 h. Dates of the next market: check at top on the right hand or register your e-mail address above on the left (recommended).
Numbers of bicycles allowed: max. 35 bikes/dealer - admission only if you contact us before the market. Fee: 18%
New Bikes: New bicycles of any type or bikes looking as new will not be admitted
Order registration forms? firstname.lastname@example.org - fill in the forms at home and be quicker at registration
Dealers, please note: During selling hours, you are not allowed to stay on the market. We want customers to be absolutely free in their choice. We provide neutral staff members for customer consultations - dealers just register their bikes, then leave and strictly come back in the end only!
Fetching money for dealers: Sat 17-19 h (not possible before!). We will handle paying out quickly.
I want to buy a bicycle:
Very easy: All the bicycles are freely available - just ride around as many of them as you like. Once you have come to a decision: Take the bicycle to the checkout and pay there.
Selling prices: you will find bikes of all price ranges. If you come around early, you may be lucky enough to get a real bargain - time and again, people just want to get rid of their used bike and will not ask much for it. Old bicycles "just to ride to the station" may be available from Fr. 70.-/100.- upwards.
However, you will also find many very solid used bikes priced at several hundreds to thousands of Swiss Francs....
Payment methoeds: cash only
Reservations: are not possible
Consultations: if you have any questions, please just have a look for a member of staff. They will be happy to give you neutral advice. Technical assistance is available in the cebter of the market.
Defects: make sure you check your new bike before buying it. Obviously, used bikes may come with defects. It usually pays off better to buy a bicycle in good condition, even if it costs you a little more - you may else have to pay more for repairs later on. If you are able to carry out repairs yourself or if you know someone who will do it for you, this will be a lot cheaper than at a store. Minor defects can get repaired in the centre of the market.
Repairs: Most old bicycles are repairable like any new bike (except for some special construction types or really antique cycles) - it's only a question of money. Spare parts are still available or may be replaced by imitation products. If you do not want to carry out repairs yourself, you may get them done at most bicycle shops (however, some dealers will tell you that repairs of old bikes are too expensive and "advise" you to buy a new bike instead...).
Checking bicycles: Are both brakes ok when riding? Any irregularities when changing gears (try all of them)? Lift the wheels, rotate them and look at the rim between the brakes: any irregularities? Do the rims look very used and thin on the sides (where brakes are applied)? Are there spokes missing or not fixed well? Lift the fork and try to shake it: is it moving inside the frame or well fixed? Try to shake the crank: is it moving inside the frame or well fixed? Try to shake the wheels: can you notice movement in the hubs or are they well fixed? How about the chain: rosty, stiff or sagging? Front and rear lights working? Are the saddle, the stem and the handlebar fixed well? Any screws looking bad or not fixed well? Any bending of the frame or fork or any cracks/fissures?
Used bikes may come with defects - in some cases of serious nature. Defects may affect your security when riding the bicycle.
Disclaimer 1: velomarkte.ch (WWD Wide World Designs LLC) will exclude any liability for damages resulting from the use of bicycles after purchase, be it damages to the user, the bicycle or to third parties or objects - regardless of the condition of the bicycle. Test rides during the market are insured as with a regular "Velovignette"; however, we will not accept any liability in case this insurance will not cover the costs resulting from any damage whatsoever.
Disclaimer 2: In case a bicycle gets damaged or stolen during the market, we will exclude any liability. The market premises are highly fenced and the entrances well staffed - we have never had any bikes stolen. For markets lasting two days, we have night guards on the premises at all times.
September 3rd 2011
The Kunsteisbahn Margarethen is located in the Margarethenpark Basel - just 5 minutes from the station SBB