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I'm in Taipei, Taiwan and someone on the mainland had mentioned that there was a very nice high end bike shop in Taipei. Anyone know the place, its name and address? TIA
 

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Someone on mainland Taiwan? Or did you mean someone in China? (Sorry dude... try to avoid falling into that propaganda trap). There are a few high end shops in Taipei. I'm in Taichung and the one here is T-Mosaic. Tainan is Cowboy's bike shop. Taipei has quite a few. Do you want me to get you a reference? I don't remember which one is the best. I'll ask tonight. If you live in Taipei and want to ride you are welcome to join me sometime.
 

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Haha, actually Shanghai

I'm visiting Taipei for the weekend. Haven't been here since 1956. Might have some spare time. If you can find out, great but if not, no worries. Thanks
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Someone on mainland Taiwan? Or did you mean someone in China? (Sorry dude... try to avoid falling into that propaganda trap). There are a few high end shops in Taipei. I'm in Taichung and the one here is T-Mosaic. Tainan is Cowboy's bike shop. Taipei has quite a few. Do you want me to get you a reference? I don't remember which one is the best. I'll ask tonight. If you live in Taipei and want to ride you are welcome to join me sometime.
 

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I need to go to Mosaic tonight and I'll ask. Are you in town for the expo?

1956? What were you doing here in 1956? I know one or two foreigners who were here in 1956.

If you need to know where else to go I can send you a PM.
 

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Here's what some folks were talking about. Maybe one of them rings a bell. I also heard of a place called Columbus/Columbia, which is supposed to be very good. I don't have the address.

1. Giant shop on the corner of Heping East road and Guling street (5 minute walk from the Guting MRT station exit 8). They have mostly Giant stuff, but also a lot of high-end road (Campagnolo) and MTB bike stuff (Fox). Their prices are very good, and the staff their are made up of four young, but very competent and helpful mechanics. Most of them speak pretty good English there. I highly recommend them.

2. Seven Park, going on Keelung (Jilong) road heading towards Neihu, turn right on the first street after you pass Zhongxiao, you'll see them a few buildings on the right. They have a huge selection of mid-range to high-end road and MTB bikes (Specialized - BMC), apparel (mostly Assos), and components (mostly Shimano). The owner and mechanic are both very nice and competent guys. Their prices a very reasonable. They speak some English. I would definitely go back to them for bike stuff.

3. Louis Garnau shop on ChienGuo heading towards Xinyi road from Heping. Its a small shop, they mostly sell Lg bikes and stuff, shop owner is nice enough guy, and his prices are reasonable. The bikes range from low-end to mid-range road, touring, folding, and MTB bikes. Nothing special about this shop. Their are two to three more bike shops heading up towards to Xinyi road that are about the same. If you are hunting for a daily commuter, nothing too special than these shops along this section of ChienGuo are a good choice to shop around at. On the opposite side going towards Xinhai road is another shop, but they offer a higher-end range of bikes and parts. You'll find a lot of reasonably priced American brand (Kona - Raleigh) MTB and XC bikes their. The owner is an older guy, don't know about his English abilities, but he seems to be quite nice. It's worth a visit.

4. Howard's Bike, located in lane 23 of Bade road before Guangfu road. If you are looking for high-end stuff (Cinelli - Colnago) and have really deep pockets then this is the shop for you. The owner is very competent and is a seasoned triathlete. Their shop is very posh, and the area where they work on bikes, looks like it was made for servicing F1 cars. Unless you are looking for a specialty item or bike that you just can't find anywhere else, I wouldn't buy anything from them. Their prices are inflated, always triple of what another shop would quote. They are exclusive dealers of some brands such as Cinelli and Ceepo, so they can get away with crazy prices, cause they know if you really need those bikes or components, you can only get it through them. But as I said, if money is not a concern, and there is some Italian bike you really can't find anywhere else, I'm sure they can get it for you.

5. Colorful Bicycle, located on the corner of Ren'ai and Linsen Road (right before the Nanhai tunnel). This is a very small and cramped shop, but amazingly it is packed with some hard to find and expensive bikes and parts. They have everything from every major high-end brand (Pinarello Look, Colnago, Cannondale, etc.). I would recommend checking them out if you need to find something that other shops just don't have in stock. Their prices are okay. I would buy stuff from them but I will never take my bike to them for any kind of work. The owner is a not very helpful, and has the worst attitude;he answers any question with a grunt. I took my bike into change the handlebars, which was supposed to be free of charge if I bought it from him which I did. When I picked up my bike he told me he had to replace the derailleur cable cause it was too short, (it wasn't, he didn't measure correctly and cut my original cable too short) so I was charged an extra $500 bucks. No biggie, I ride off and after a few blocks I notice that I couldn't shift smoothly, I looked down to see that the derailleur cable he had just replace wasn't fastened tightly and had come loose. Not very professional. So conclusion, worth checking out for specialty items, but avoid for bike servicing.

6. Velo Boutique, located behind the Agora Garden Hotel near Taipei 101 area. It is a very upscale shop. They mostly carry Klein Trek, and Look bikes, and a whole range of gear and parts. Worth checking out for gear, their prices are okay, but its their wide selection that is the real draw. Feels more like a store, than a bike shop. Not sure about how competent they are, I found the guys their a little unhelpful, they seemed more like salespeople. If you'll into American brands then they are a good choice.
 

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Taipei

Thanks for the info and might be able to squeeze one or two in in the next few days. Ha ha, 1956....my family background if from the mainland. Most of my mother's side ended up in Taipei. I'm actually here to see my grandfather's tomb as I couldn't make it over for QingMing.

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Here's what some folks were talking about. Maybe one of them rings a bell. I also heard of a place called Columbus/Columbia, which is supposed to be very good. I don't have the address.

1. Giant shop on the corner of Heping East road and Guling street (5 minute walk from the Guting MRT station exit 8). They have mostly Giant stuff, but also a lot of high-end road (Campagnolo) and MTB bike stuff (Fox). Their prices are very good, and the staff their are made up of four young, but very competent and helpful mechanics. Most of them speak pretty good English there. I highly recommend them.

2. Seven Park, going on Keelung (Jilong) road heading towards Neihu, turn right on the first street after you pass Zhongxiao, you'll see them a few buildings on the right. They have a huge selection of mid-range to high-end road and MTB bikes (Specialized - BMC), apparel (mostly Assos), and components (mostly Shimano). The owner and mechanic are both very nice and competent guys. Their prices a very reasonable. They speak some English. I would definitely go back to them for bike stuff.

3. Louis Garnau shop on ChienGuo heading towards Xinyi road from Heping. Its a small shop, they mostly sell Lg bikes and stuff, shop owner is nice enough guy, and his prices are reasonable. The bikes range from low-end to mid-range road, touring, folding, and MTB bikes. Nothing special about this shop. Their are two to three more bike shops heading up towards to Xinyi road that are about the same. If you are hunting for a daily commuter, nothing too special than these shops along this section of ChienGuo are a good choice to shop around at. On the opposite side going towards Xinhai road is another shop, but they offer a higher-end range of bikes and parts. You'll find a lot of reasonably priced American brand (Kona - Raleigh) MTB and XC bikes their. The owner is an older guy, don't know about his English abilities, but he seems to be quite nice. It's worth a visit.

4. Howard's Bike, located in lane 23 of Bade road before Guangfu road. If you are looking for high-end stuff (Cinelli - Colnago) and have really deep pockets then this is the shop for you. The owner is very competent and is a seasoned triathlete. Their shop is very posh, and the area where they work on bikes, looks like it was made for servicing F1 cars. Unless you are looking for a specialty item or bike that you just can't find anywhere else, I wouldn't buy anything from them. Their prices are inflated, always triple of what another shop would quote. They are exclusive dealers of some brands such as Cinelli and Ceepo, so they can get away with crazy prices, cause they know if you really need those bikes or components, you can only get it through them. But as I said, if money is not a concern, and there is some Italian bike you really can't find anywhere else, I'm sure they can get it for you.

5. Colorful Bicycle, located on the corner of Ren'ai and Linsen Road (right before the Nanhai tunnel). This is a very small and cramped shop, but amazingly it is packed with some hard to find and expensive bikes and parts. They have everything from every major high-end brand (Pinarello Look, Colnago, Cannondale, etc.). I would recommend checking them out if you need to find something that other shops just don't have in stock. Their prices are okay. I would buy stuff from them but I will never take my bike to them for any kind of work. The owner is a not very helpful, and has the worst attitude;he answers any question with a grunt. I took my bike into change the handlebars, which was supposed to be free of charge if I bought it from him which I did. When I picked up my bike he told me he had to replace the derailleur cable cause it was too short, (it wasn't, he didn't measure correctly and cut my original cable too short) so I was charged an extra $500 bucks. No biggie, I ride off and after a few blocks I notice that I couldn't shift smoothly, I looked down to see that the derailleur cable he had just replace wasn't fastened tightly and had come loose. Not very professional. So conclusion, worth checking out for specialty items, but avoid for bike servicing.

6. Velo Boutique, located behind the Agora Garden Hotel near Taipei 101 area. It is a very upscale shop. They mostly carry Klein Trek, and Look bikes, and a whole range of gear and parts. Worth checking out for gear, their prices are okay, but its their wide selection that is the real draw. Feels more like a store, than a bike shop. Not sure about how competent they are, I found the guys their a little unhelpful, they seemed more like salespeople. If you'll into American brands then they are a good choice.
 

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Another bike shop to add to the list is the IMA Taipei Concept Store - under biking taiwan on website

Run by NZ expat in Dazhi next to Jiannan MRT.

Specialize in mid-to-high end bikes and accessories, weekly group ride and best of all the Koru Cafe with 55" HD TV for live races & sports and a wicked brunch!

Drop by and say hello
 

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Actually Mr. Dajianshan, the intention was to inform vistors of a bike shop in Taipei with English speaking staff that may be of use or assistance when looking for bikes, parts or accessories. A lot of shops don't and can be difficult to navigate if you don't speak Mandarin.

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Actually, there is space for PAID advertisements. I suggest you give RBR the courtesy of purchasing ad space.

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hi guys. i will be in taipei for a couple of day for some meetings
and i was wondering if there is any good bike shop where i can look at wheelset. groupset etc.. evevn bike frame..
hoping to check them out and maybe buy something back
 

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any one that can recommend good bike shop that is near taipei city centre?
Hi Jackie,

Post #11 refers to this place:
https://maps.google.com/maps?q=taip...oid=9Z4E68g0d3APa9Pc3LQfsw&cbp=12,227.21,,0,0

There are two or three large brand stores right next to each other (if I remember right, it's Orbea, Merida and Aster). I've a feeling one of them may have closed down, though I'm not 100% sure as it's been a while since I passed by. Also, opposite is more of a no-name store which still might be worth checking out.

Hope that helps.
 
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