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Old 06-11-14, 05:57 AM
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Cyclist shopping nirvana: where?

USA. tends to have the best selection and prices but I suspect that for bicycle parts abd accessories the winners are TAIWAN (value ), Japan & Germany (high end) and Canada for air horns!

You are handed a ticket, accommodation, meal ticket and $1500 gratis. Gor a three- day bike doodads shopping spree.

Where do you go?
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Old 06-11-14, 06:08 AM
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Decathlon ... in France. We always visit one when we go.
Decathlon : vente d'articles, vêtements et chaussures de sport. Magasins de...
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Wait a second, you got money and a ticket and your first thought is shopping?
I second Machka, France is a very sweet spot, but the first thought for me is the ride. Shop afterwards?
Lots of cool bike shops in all the little towns at the foot of Mount Ventoux, I recommend Malaucène
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Shopping?

I'm with the above two, riding will be the priority.

Did anyone see last year's TdF first couple of stages? Corsica. That's where I'd fly. The $1500 would be for packing/shipping my bike and bringing my wife.

I don't need more things...

My 2nd alternative would be Waco, TX. My daughter and son-in-law live there and I miss them. Riding stinks there (always hot and windy), roads are remote and narrow. So, I'd just go with my wife so that we could give them a hug. Maybe we'd eat at Chewy's.
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My point is a hypothetical trip where the purpose if purchasing bike doodads that are more expensive or impossible to get back home. In case it wasn't clear from my other posts - I am returning to Canada and trying to decide where to stop over - my choices are Hong Kong, Taipei, Tokyo. I will have no time for much biking and certainly none in the countryside.

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Old 06-11-14, 08:17 AM
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My point is a hypothetical trip where the purpose if purchasing bike doodads that are more expensive or impossible to get back home.
That's where online shopping comes in. If there are things we can't get here in Australia for a reasonable price, we order from New Zealand, the UK, or possibly a few other places.

If we're going to actually go somewhere, it'll be for cycling ... and we might drop into a shop. As I said, when we're in France for cycling, we'll visit Decathlon.
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I will spend that 1500 shopping on Ebay in my pajamas!
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Kurt Cobain was born in Aberdeen Washington , but to found Nirvana , he moved to Seattle.
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I never understood the appeal of Nirvana. I guess that I'm of the wrong generation to connect withtheir music or message. Tragic, the mess those folks left behind...

I guess that one can still shop for Nirvana memorabilia on-line, though, as they had a following. Ebay might be fine for that, so no need to travel.
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I am itinerant and on a budget. I am seldom in one place for more than 3 weeks, plus I am usually in places where duty is high (India, ugh) and Thailand, or Customs is a headache of 'red envelopes' and red tape, which means online shopping is not practical. I don't buy shoes by looking at photos - only in person assessment works for me. Likewise clothing, bags, herbs, groceries and bicycle parts.

My serious question remains, and now I will simplify...

Compared to USA/Canada which of the following of these East Asian countries has the best selection/prices: Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan? Please note if you any experience shopping in person in those places.

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I spend time in Austin TX and don't miss the Frankinbike monthly swap meets. Compared to where I live, they are Nirvana! CL there is pretty amazing also.
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Compared to USA/Canada which of the following of these East Asian countries has the best selection/prices: Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan? Please note if you any experience shopping in person in those places.
We have visited all three places, but only saw a bicycle shop (Giant) in Taiwan. However, as I recall, the selection and prices weren't significantly different from what we've seen in Canada and Australia.
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Hong Kong was built on shopping. Here's a shop, not sure if they offer lucky discount for first sale of the day or not but it never hurts to ask.
Have fun!
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