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    Has anyone taken their own bike(s) to China?

    I'm moving to China in September and I have a few super kickass bikes that I would rather not see sit around for a year, and I plan on riding my ass off while I'm over there. Does anyone have any experience with taking a nice bike to China? What is customs like? Does **** get stealatized over there a lot? Can I get them insured?

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    I'm moving to China in September and I have a few super kickass bikes that I would rather not see sit around for a year, and I plan on riding my ass off while I'm over there
    Great idea, although I wonder where you are going. Super megacities can be hard to escape from, and there are a few places like Jiangsu that are pancake flat. Although most places in China are hilly or mountainous, so lots of good riding, no uplift so maybe AM/FR bikes might be the best thing.

    Does anyone have any experience with taking a nice bike to China?
    Yep, I brought one in by air. Bike was 15KG or so and total allowance was 23KG, allowing me 8KG for clothes all in the same bike bag, went as oversized baggage. I wasn't charged tax, but there is no guarantee of that, because in China rules are not always consistently enforced.

    Does **** get stealatized over there a lot?
    I've answered this and a few other questions in this thread.

    Can I get them insured?
    Maybe a local company might insure a good bike as a one off, although I suspect not. Might be better off with travel insurance.

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    I'll be in Ningbo, which according to googlemaps has elevation and cool stuff outside of the city. I haven't been able to find anything about local bike shops though.

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    I've been to Ningbo. It's a pretty wealthy and developed city. You should find Trek, Giant and Merida shops with sparse to moderate stock and maybe some other specialist shop or two. Local terrain looks promising.

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    Yes, you can bring your bike into China. Used bikes don't get taxed, new ones do. I've done both so I know. Get your part online, crc ships for free when you order over Y500 which is like $80 or so(not sure how long that offer will last), or else it's pretty cheap.
    Bikes get stolen everywhere, not just China, but some cities are worse than others. Kunming seems to be particularly bad, but I have friends in Shanghai who leave their expensive bikes outside shops and nobody touches them. Just bring a good lock with you and you'll be fine. And like lew said, am/fr bikes are the best for most parts of China, unless you're out west.
    Don't know about insurance so cannot help you out there, but I've never heard of any foreigners in China or Chinese themselves insuring their bikes. I don't think travel insurance will cover it, plus most travel insurance packages for lost/stolen stuff are so full of fine print and would not even cover the cost of your crankset, I'll say forget about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1+1 View Post
    Don't know about insurance so cannot help you out there, but I've never heard of any foreigners in China or Chinese themselves insuring their bikes. I don't think travel insurance will cover it, plus most travel insurance packages for lost/stolen stuff are so full of fine print and would not even cover the cost of your crankset, I'll say forget about it.
    I'm not too concerned about my bikes getting stolen once I get there, I just don't want them getting jacked by customs or other people while they're in transit. They're a Pivot Phoenix and a Pivot 5.7 and worth about 62 ****tons of money dollars.

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    @chainsawgeoff: Get a good Dakine or Evoc bike bag with lock. I used to be really paranoia, not about the bike getting stolen, but crushed in transit, so I had Serfas hard case I wheeled around. Most cc's will cover loss/damage of luggage in transit, just not the full amount(again read the fine print), if you've paid for your ticket by cc.
    I'll take the 5.7 over the Phoenix if you're bringing a bike with you. I've ridden the Phoenix and love it, but for where you are, it's like having a Hummer for Beijing.

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    These baggage charges are brutal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chainsawgeoff View Post
    These baggage charges are brutal.
    How brutal was it?
    I'm going to bring my bike to US next year .(I'm in Wuhan)

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    I lived in China and what lew242 said is right about rules not always being enforced. Sometimes new ones being created by the guy working. My tip, MAKE SURE IT LOOKS OLD. Don't get it all clean and nice.

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    This post is too late for the OP, but might be helpful to others. I brought a used bike in my check-in luggage on my flight from Newark, US - Shanghai, China. I don't remember being asked to declare what I had with me. June - 2012. Tourist visa, although the bulk of my stay was to study for 3 weeks in Nanjing University. I stayed in hotels a few times, but most of time I was living in the university dorm. I got a heavy duty chain meant for locking up scooters. Most of the time I had my bike inside my room. Sometimes I would go to national parks and lock my bike by the entrance. Also, towards the end of my stay I locked my bike by the school yard to put a for sale sign on it. Nobody bothered my bike or it's parts.

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    I am living in China now and have been for more than 3 years. I shipped 4 bikes over with my household stuff, no problems. Last year I brought a brand new road bike over from the US in a bike case via United Airlines, no problems. I never leave my bikes out of my sight even for a minute except inside my apartment so my theft risk is near zero.

    So, bring your bikes for sure. China is a great place to ride because drivers fully expect bikes, scooters, water buffalo, etc. to be on the road. I live in Guangxi and it's an awesome place to ride. If you want a riding vacation inside China, check out Guilin/Yangshou.

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