Alishan, April 12 - 13, 2010. Click pic for album

Taroko to Kending

Taroko Gorge to Kending, Feb 14 - 19, 2010.

Northern Cross Island Highway

Northern Cross Island Highway, May 19 - 21, 2008. Click pic for album
4th June, 2010

Bike shops

Going to work at the Taipei Times today, I was bored so I started to count bikeshops. It’s hard work. Here’s what I found: There are at least 10 shops within 10 minutes walking distance from the office. Two Giant stores, one Specialized store, one Merida store, one brand I can’t remember, and five other, non-branded, stores. And that’s only along two roads on the edge of the office district in one part of Neihu. How can all these shops expect to survive? There’s got to be a shake down soon.
Oh, and there’s also a store selling Ferraris and Lamborghinis and another one selling Porsches. No Aston Martin store, though.

5 comments to Bike shops

  • Hi there,
    I came back last week from Taipei and have visited the few shops you mention here.
    I am also planning on riding round Taiwan in Oct, hope to learn from your experiences. Keep up the good work.

  • Bob Mok

    I’m thinking of buying a high end carbon or titanium bike from one of the Taiwanese bike retailers and getting it shipped to Singapore. Would appreciate recommendations of reliable retailers that do ship their bikes to overseas buyers. Many thanks.

  • Hi there biking viking,
    I could qualify for that title being Danish and all.
    Doing your Taipei-Jiaoxi tomorrow.
    I am so thankful for all of you who have made blogs about your rides all over Taiwan. Gives me so much inspiration ofr my month long trip all over the island.
    Day two tomorrow.

  • tbv

    Hi Grete, ruler of the English:-) Hope you enjoyed your ride down to Jiaoxi, and that you found a nice hot spring to soak your legs. Hope the ride around the island has been good. Lots of great mountains to climb.

  • hola,
    i’m going to be in taipei for 2 weeks, and am hoping to do some rides in and around taipei. do you suggest any group rides i can tag along, as well as decent road bike rentals? i’m hoping to do climbs up yangminshan, or any other good climbs as suggested. thanks.