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Old 09-30-08, 11:11 PM
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korea?

hey my buddy is in the army and just got to korea. when he came home to visit before he left we rode bikes and he kinda got into it. he asked what bike on BD he should get. but im thinking shipping to korea would be insane so long story short.

any shops he should check out for a bike in korea?i think he is in seoul.

would it be cheaper for him to get one from there or shipped from japan or taiwan or new zealand or somehwere in that region. cheaper than the US?
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Old 10-01-08, 10:27 AM
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there's been discussion on korean track circuit frames, many are made by small framebuilders similar to japanese keirin. i doubt it's cheaper than to bring a bike over from the us, but the experience of finding a (locally built) frame and building a bike would be worth it to me.
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Old 10-01-08, 11:27 AM
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Tell him to use his APO address for shipping. As long as the US company will ship USPS, it will get there.
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Old 10-01-08, 12:00 PM
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Get it shipped to your place, then ship it to his APO. My buddy shipped my bike to Korea for me from NJ for like 45 bucks. It is the equivalent of shipping to SF as that's where all APO's ship out of. The closer you are to SF the cheaper. Most retailers wont ship it to APO's because you have to still deal with customs papers, and some people don't like dealing with that. If BD does, then its all gravy!
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Old 10-01-08, 02:29 PM
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okay sweet ill let him know thank you all so much.

chase- i agree i was kinda trying to persuade him into buying a local frame and building it up.
but he is kinda new to cycling so i think hes gonna buy complete and swap parts as he goes.

which brings me to my next question. so is there any certain local korean frames he should look out for? i wanna build up another frame and think it would be sweet if i got one from him to build up. sentimental value and stuff.
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Old 10-01-08, 06:35 PM
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I was in Korea. It is plenty easy to get a bike over there, and lots of folks sell them when their year is finished. Someone gave me one, I rode it for a year, and then passed it on.
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Old 10-30-08, 10:33 AM
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once again, late on a relevant topic:

dont ship - especially via apo. shipping to korea from the states is expensive as hell and it doesnt help the fact that you cannot trust anything that goes through apo to arrive at its target destination.

no offense to our men in uniform but packages sent via apo have a habit of 'disappearing', especially the ones with fun stuff. yeah, the united states military is not an extension of the usps but it still sucks when a package full of winter clothing sent by your mom never makes it to the apo address of you family friend because some disgruntled jarhead decided he needed that new jacket more than you did.

anyway, some bikes in korea are more expensive than in the states. others are not. scott for example sells cheap here! you can also pick up giant or merida (manufactures specialized bikes) for a song. things like treks or cannondales will cost you an arm and a leg.

if he's based in seoul, tell him to google search camelbikes.com in donong and have him contact bob. bob's english is great and has great discounts.
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Old 10-30-08, 10:42 AM
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lol, wait. this is a ssfg post.

hit up skid bikes in apkujong. get off at the apkujong station, walk south a few blocks to the 'rodeo' (as in rodeo drive) and ask around for 'jah-jung-jahs'. someone will point you in the right direction.
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Old 10-30-08, 01:28 PM
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A dude from our local forum just went to Seoul and brought home two keirin frames, see here for plenty of pics (you won't understand the language anyway).

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Originally Posted by jussik View Post
A dude from our local forum just went to Seoul and brought home two keirin frames, see here for plenty of pics (you won't understand the language anyway).

lol thats the inside of skid bikes.
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Old 10-30-08, 09:52 PM
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Originally Posted by i saved latin View Post
hey my buddy is in the army and just got to korea. when he came home to visit before he left we rode bikes and he kinda got into it. he asked what bike on BD he should get. but im thinking shipping to korea would be insane so long story short.

any shops he should check out for a bike in korea?i think he is in seoul.

would it be cheaper for him to get one from there or shipped from japan or taiwan or new zealand or somehwere in that region. cheaper than the US?
Danny? Are you talking about Cash?
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Old 10-30-08, 10:10 PM
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its definitely not worth buying a frame in korea, im korean and i know that everthing there ranging from clothes to cars are 10x more expensive than similar brands in the good ol us.
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Old 10-31-08, 12:35 AM
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Originally Posted by GregLast View Post
Danny? Are you talking about Cash?
yeah. he messaged me and asked about buying a bike and i didnt know about APOs at the time so i figured if he could grab up something in korea it may be cheaper. plus some sort of sentimental value to him maybe when he got back in the states. but i think he is getting a dawes from BD or i think thats what he was leaning towards last time we talked. and he is gonna ship it to my gf and then we are gonna ship it to him. im waiting for him to call again to figure everything out on how we are gonna do this. im not sure if he ordered already or not.
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Old 10-31-08, 09:16 AM
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NIIIIIIIIIIICE. I know he'd wanted one, I just didn't know ***** about bikes in korea.
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Old 10-31-08, 03:12 PM
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Originally Posted by doomkin View Post
dont ship - especially via apo. shipping to korea from the states is expensive as hell and it doesnt help the fact that you cannot trust anything that goes through apo to arrive at its target destination.
I shipped 3 bikes there and back in my two times there without anything going wrong. In fact, 2 of my troops had MTB's shipped out there as well from a merchant, and they both got their bikes fast and without incident. Like I said before, It will cost exactly as much as it does to send to San Fransisco. And sending it back will be like shipping from San Fran to where ever your destination may be.

I have never heard, in my 8 years in, of a Marine stealing anyone's APO shipment. This just sounds ridiculous. Don't judge a system by one dudes unfortunate circumstance.
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Old 11-03-08, 06:49 AM
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Originally Posted by SaveTheRock View Post
I shipped 3 bikes there and back in my two times there without anything going wrong. In fact, 2 of my troops had MTB's shipped out there as well from a merchant, and they both got their bikes fast and without incident. Like I said before, It will cost exactly as much as it does to send to San Fransisco. And sending it back will be like shipping from San Fran to where ever your destination may be.

I have never heard, in my 8 years in, of a Marine stealing anyone's APO shipment. This just sounds ridiculous. Don't judge a system by one dudes unfortunate circumstance.
hey, i didn't say anything about Marines. it's my understanding that the apos they run in seoul are handled by army personnel. perhaps its just a recent thing. a lot of us foreign teachers here rely on friends we have in the military to help us send and receive packages at reasonable costs and lately more of us have simply had packages disappear. yeah, the system is not designated for use by non-government personnel so we really can't complain about stuff not making it to us but it still kind've sucks when the package your family sent you with family photos and winter clothing never makes it to its final destination.
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Originally Posted by SaveTheRock View Post
I shipped 3 bikes there and back in my two times there without anything going wrong. In fact, 2 of my troops had MTB's shipped out there as well from a merchant, and they both got their bikes fast and without incident. Like I said before, It will cost exactly as much as it does to send to San Fransisco. And sending it back will be like shipping from San Fran to where ever your destination may be.

I have never heard, in my 8 years in, of a Marine stealing anyone's APO shipment. This just sounds ridiculous. Don't judge a system by one dudes unfortunate circumstance.
I have to agree. Although I shipped my bikes over in my "Limited Household" shippment some of my ride mates purchased new bikes from merchants like Colorado Cycles (Litespeed Vortex was one). They all came in quick with no problems.

They left Korea before me, I shipped their bikes out to their next duty stations. They were insured and arrived in places such as Germany and Italy with no problems at all.
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Have shipped a number of things to/from APO's using Priority Mail with no problems. On the few occasions I've confirmed that a merchant refuses to send to APO's, I boycott those merchants forevermore.
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Originally Posted by guhjeeh View Post
its definitely not worth buying a frame in korea, im korean and i know that everthing there ranging from clothes to cars are 10x more expensive than similar brands in the good ol us.
Even Korean-specific brands? My girlfriend told me about US brands- apparently her cousin, when he would come here, would buy a lot of name brand clothing, then sell it to his friends at a major profit.
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Old 03-22-09, 06:24 PM
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Sorry to bring this back up, but are there any specific Korean brands?
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Old 03-24-09, 03:02 AM
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do you guys have the address or websites of thes bike shops in korea, i'm headed there in a week and would love to pick up a frame. thanx guys
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geez .. don't knock the APO. how else would people like me defend freedom without a little something from home every now and then?
i got my Cervelo shipped to me through APO (among everything else i order) no probs. besides, my friend works postal so I have to defend that someway.

Anyway, Corex is the Korean brand of track frames you're looking for. As for addresses, haha, theres a million shops that can cater to your taste and they just keep popping up all over Seoul. Gotta look around. I know of one specifically on the Hahn river near Yongsan that sells high end road cycles and the owner speaks somewhat decent English. Try the velodrome in Seoul near the '88 Olympic Stadium and you'll find at least three.

Also, remember Korea hasn't caught up to road cycling all that much yet let alone fixed gear things. Look around you and you'll notice more MTB's because of the terrain, but trust me there's a small percentage of roadies riding around and most of them are us military guys from around the peninsula. Check with the bike shops around the bases and get your info from there. The modern trends seem to catch on with those shops because of the American presence.
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Old 03-24-09, 09:00 AM
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msk - If you wouldn't mind, let me know how much they're selling those Corex frames for. Can't find them online anywhere. Thanks.

Thanks for the info, ieandro.
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When I was stationed there I used shipitapo.com to get up a Motobecane Messenger from BD. The service works pretty well with any sites that don't ship to APO addresses.
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oops, the forgot to mention the velodrome at the olympic stadium in Seoul is NOT active anymore. They moved it to a more dedicated location although I forgot the name of the place. With some searching you'll find it though.
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