Pasar Gotong-Royong, Magelang’s One Stop Cycles Zone

A "sepeda bekas", or second-hand bicycle on display, in Pasar Gotong-Royong, Magelang Municipality.

A “sepeda bekas”, or second-hand bicycle on display, in Pasar Gotong-Royong, Magelang Municipality.

By: Sahrudin – @SahrudinSaja

LOCATED a few dozen meters east of Tidar Hill, Gotong-Royong is one of several biggest “pasar(s)” (traditional markets) in Magelang Municipality and Regency.

Like other traditional markets, the items sold in Pasar Gotong-Royong are generally the same: vegetables, chili and other spices, fruits, tempe and tahu (fermented tofu or bean curd), fish, meat, rice and corn, dry goods and household items.

A kid is looking at bicycles neatly-rowed in a shop, in Pasar Gotong-Royong, Magelang Municipality.

A kid is looking at bicycles neatly-rowed in a shop, in Pasar Gotong-Royong.

But if you are patient enough to comb this pasar, Gotong-Royong is actually not merely a “heaven” for women and household help in order to get daily needs; it is also worthy to be called “heaven” for your biking needs.

Hidden in the north side of the market, and located next to each other, there are over 20 small, local bicycle stores as well as several bicycle workshops.

If you do not care where your bike comes from, this place is unquestionably a good try.

Children's bikes with different brands. Some of them are equipped with auxiliary wheels.

Children’s bikes with different brands. Some of them are equipped with auxiliary wheels.

“Most shops are open from 9 AM-5 PM everyday”, Yoyok, owner of a bike and repair shop Pasar Gotong Royong recently said.

Yoyok has over 300 new and used bicycles on display in his store.

He, like other bike sellers in Pasar Gotong-Royong, has no specialization in selling two-wheelers: from children’s bicycles with auxiliary wheels to sports and outdoor bikes, and refurbished bikes.

Various types and sizes of bicycle tires, and other parts and components are also may be found here.

Bike stores and repair shops are located close to each other in Pasar Gotong-Royong.

Bike stores and repair shops are located close to each other in Pasar Gotong-Royong.

On condition that you buy a used bike here, you can take time to talk with the seller to negotiate, for example, a warranty that covers repairs within a certain period of time.

“You can get a new BMX which go from IDR 650,000 (equals to about 52 USD) on”, Yoyok uttered, citing several bike brands like Phoenix, WimCycle, Family and United.

Besides Pasar Gotong-Royong, bicycles stores can also be found along Magelang Municipality’s Pecinan or Jalan Pemuda and surrounding areas; and Pasar Muntilan, Pasar Salaman as well as several other places in Magelang Regency.

There are usually more than one bike shop in each of those places, but of course, not as many as you can find in Pasar Gotong-Royong…***

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