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Old 06-09-11, 07:16 AM
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I am in Taiwan, the bicycle manufacturing mecca

in particular I'm wondering where the cool only-in-asia designs are kept. I've seen a few Giant bikes branded stores around, and folding bikes look to be pretty big around here, but any advice on where to look?
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Old 06-09-11, 07:42 AM
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Find a post by Bob Dopolina and send him a PM. I believe he's in Taiwan and in the industry. If anybody can point you in the right direction it's him.

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Here you go.

If you meet Mrs. Dopolina be sure to tell how much fun we had when she was out of town...

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...Apology-Thread
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You should also be able to locate Merida, Fuji, and Louis Garneau, just off the top of my head. What you'll also find is that many brands that are manufactured in Taiwan and sold in other countries will not sell frames or bikes locally.
What city are you in? I've been in Tainan over 2 years now.
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I think to find many different bikes easily, you'll have to wait until the next bike expo, which I believe to be next March. Maybe you could tour a factory or two ( I've never done it ), to see them made. Other than that, I think you'll find a lot of Giant, Merida, KHS, and various folders on the road.
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I've never been to Taiwan, but if I was there I'd try to get to this place.

When I lived in Korea (20 years ago) I found that foreigners are both welcome and unwelcome. Sometimes you can be cheeky and it works.
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Zippy, I could not get your link to work, sorry. BTW, Taiwanese are great, they treat foriegners very well.
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Well, I'd like to report the first cool bike sighting.

No photos, unfortunately, as I wasn't carrying my camera, so all I can provide is a description.

It was a brand called "Volare" which may or may not be a Schwinn offshoot, since the store also carried Schwinn bikes.

It's a folder very much like Montague bikes, with the folding mechanism in the seatpost, only it appeared more sporty with 105-level brifters. Expensive too, 28000 New Taiwan Dollars, about $1350 US dollars.

Unfortunately, I am finding that stuff in Taiwan isn't any cheaper than the US.
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Originally Posted by ZippyThePinhead View Post
I've never been to Taiwan, but if I was there I'd try to get to this place.
It's in Taoyuan County, easy reach south of Taipei.
Yes, a lot of bicycle related items are comparably priced to the US market, as well as western style groceries. Gas is higher than the US, but health and car insurance is WAY cheaper, as well as rent, at least outside of Taipei.
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I really wish I could get like a bikesdirect.com bike over here in Taiwan. A little ironic that I can't. Like a s3x would be fantastic over here. going on foot, or on a crappy mountain bike, just sucks.
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Why are "on foot or on a crappy mountain bike" your only choices? If you don't want to lay out big bucks, visit you local Giant dealer. They should have a wide range of prices and styles. You should be able to get a rideable road bike for <NT$15,000, or lots of less expensive options for commuter type bikes.
What city are you in?
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+1, 15000 NTD should provide a nice bike at any Giant shop.
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