When I started purchasing stuff in the USA and China, one of my first ideas was to buy a mountain bicycle (MTB) or a hybrid bike. I really liked the prices in the USA on web-sites like bikesdirect.com. The problem is that the package with the bike is oversized, so it is not possible to ship it by USPS Express Mail or USPS Priority Mail. Some bikes on eBay can be sent anywhere in the world, but the shipping rates are usually outrageous. I was not willing to buy a bicycle in China, because of the potential problems with the quality of Chinese products. The next obvious step for me was to search in Europe. Luckily there are a couple of shops there that ship anywhere in the world including Russia. And they exclude VAT when shipping outside the European Union.
European bicycle shops shipping internationally
- Nano Bike Parts (Germany) – bike shop selling bicycles, bike parts and accessories. Excludes VAT when shipping outside the European Union. Sells mountain bikes, cross bikes, road bikes, kids bikes,… Wide range of Cannondale and Cube bikes. The most popular bikes among russian clients are Cube Acid, Cube LTD Pro, Cube Race Pro. Bike shipping to Russia costs 49 EUR.
- Chain Reaction Cycles (the United Kingdom) – bike shop selling bicycles, bike parts and accessories. Excludes VAT when shipping outside the European Union. Bike shipping to Russia costs USD $85. Doesn’t sell Kona and Cube bicycles to clients in Russia. Doesn’t pack bicycles good enough for shipping via Russian Post.