(1) By the entrance to VDNKh. Cheap Chinese but good enough for bike rental, which is the main product of this establishment.
An unconfirmed report of a shop that specializes in old Sputniks and such. Sokolnicheskaya ploshad 9 (in the big bike market I think)or at Tretye Pradilnaya 17 (Metro Semenovskaya?). Their site is www.velo-delo.com but at the moment it appears to be down.
There is a cluster of bike and scooter sellers, from street vendors to large stores, right by Metro Sokolniki. But go there only if you know you know your stuff. For reliable middle-of-the road bike I’d recommend one of several French-run Decathlon stores. They sell spectacular scrap too of course but they make no serious attempt to present it as something else.
The owner of www.velotransunion.ru runs a bike shop somewhere in the east end. You may want to talk to him. In previous years he was selling “value” bikes.
Free advice advice and assistance to those wanting to get a bike. It is subject to my availability but I’m pretty close to the Sokolniki cluster of shops and to one of the Decathlon stores.
They started popping up a year or two ago but now seem to be a standard feature of the entrance to any shopping mall. I’m also glad to report that cyclists are no longer disregarded and run over they way they were in the very recent past. I’ve been riding around Moscow for a year now, and knock-on-wood haven’t
had even one emergency situation. I’m retracting my earlier statements, and am recommending Moscow as, if not a “bike friendly” then at least a “bike compatible” place. On request I’m providing a bike or even two to my apartment renting clients, and am recommending the landlords and hosts listed on my cheap-moscow.com to so the same.
For years I’ve been getting an on-and-off urge to get a scooter or even a motorcycle but a timely cash flow problem or a period of skepticism about anything this world offers have been saving me from such a silliness. I have been however collecting info on the subject on motorcycles and scooters in Moscow, and will share it with you. Here is the first bit from an old business card from my 2+ year old to-be-sorted pile::
ul. Tumenskaya, vladeniye 5, stroyeniye 6
8 967 150 7941
That’s near Metro Ulitsa Podbelskogo, close to a large bicycle/scooter/motorcycle market in Sokolniki.
MORE TO COME
AT THE MOMENT NO LICENSE WHATSOEVER IS REQUIRED TO OPERATE A SCOOTER, AND YOU CAN STILL GET A REAL SMALL MOTORCYCLE (100-150CC) WITH SCOOTER DOCUMENTS! (Valid as of January 2013)