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    New to Switzerland

    I hope I am in the right section of the forum now!

    I am an English Lass who has just moved to Luzern in Switzerland.

    I used to ride a fair bit in the UK, but the Alps is a whole new thing.

    I am not sure how I am going to cope, as I don't speak German, and this is all so foreign. I was hoping that maybe someone could recommend a group to ride with?

    I am looking for an intermediate level, as I am worried about slowing the really good guys down

    It would be great if anyone has any suggestions as I feel it would make my transition into this new life easier.

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    I live a little too far north of you (Berlin) to be of any real help. However one thing I've found invaluable is this:

    http://www.parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=152

    Basically a really good reference when it comes to dealing with bike shops. Although my German is quasi-fluent, all the small details on a bike normally aren't in a run of the mill dictionary and after years of referring to them in English its difficult to re-learn them.

    Viel glueck und spaß

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    Danke!

    I am sure that it will come in use.

    I do have a bike though, and ideally I am looking for people to ride with

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly
    Danke!

    I am sure that it will come in use.

    I do have a bike though, and ideally I am looking for people to ride with
    S/he was saying you can find other riders at the local bike shop.
    Dictated but not read.

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    Oh crap sorry.

    I will have a further look into that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by majura
    I live a little too far north of you
    Too far South for me. I'm in Geneva, or is that Genf for you?
    The bike shop would probably be a good place to find groups to ride with.
    The velo club Concordia might be what you need?
    Have fun and welcome to Switzerland

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly
    I hope I am in the right section of the forum now!

    I am an English Lass who has just moved to Luzern in Switzerland.

    I used to ride a fair bit in the UK, but the Alps is a whole new thing.

    I am not sure how I am going to cope, as I don't speak German, and this is all so foreign. I was hoping that maybe someone could recommend a group to ride with?

    I am looking for an intermediate level, as I am worried about slowing the really good guys down

    It would be great if anyone has any suggestions as I feel it would make my transition into this new life easier.
    Moved to Zurich a year or so ago...it's biking heaven. The best.

    Go to the local bike store and simply ask....there are plenty of english speaking folks riding around...also try the yahoo groups for expats in lucerne...that should help. Don't worry, the feeling of being lost in the non-native speaking sense will go away...it's such a wonderful place to live. Email via RBR anytime if you want to chat!
    You're not as smart as you think I am. Now just think about that for a minute.

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    I am not sure how I am going to cope, as I don't speak German,...

    Don't worry, neither do the Swiss...

    As for your riding: I have been out on solo rides, saw another rider, caught up with him and started talking. I have probably added 7 or 8 riders to our local club that way.
    And none of them spoke German either.
    Last edited by seeborough; 04-09-2009 at 02:30 AM.
    Was juckt es die stolze Eiche, wenn sich ein Schwein an ihr kratzt?

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