Tuesday, January 17, 2006

To make a bicycle...

So, after months of hedging - trying to modify and improve my current bicycle, then deciding to bring my bike from Canada back to Taiwan, then discovering that it was too small for touring and trying to sell it - I have finally bought a nice new bike.

The thing about bicycles is that every top of the line bike part in the world is made in Taiwan. China is making more and more bicycles for the west, but all those bikes are going straight to Walmart.

Anyway, at the end of the year a few of these parts are still sitting in warehouses in Taiwan, and if you meet the right bike guy (see ALian above and below), he can throw together a custom bike for you for a low low price. As an added benefit, you can watch him build your bike from scratch.
For example the frame... this is a superlight all aluminum frame from Voodoo called Bokor. The cheapest you can find it on the internet is about 370 American plus shipping, while I paid about 180 for it...

Anyway, there it is.
If you want, I can get you one and mail it to you. Super cheap. email me.

2 comments:

David said...

China is making more and more bicycles for the west, but all those bikes are going straight to Walmart.

Look carefully at the stickers on the bikes in your local shop. You will find that even a lot of mid-range bikes are now made in China (by Taiwanese companies).

Your new bike looks beautiful. I would like to know a bit more about the specs.

marc said...

i totally agree with dave. we are in need of better specs here (is "more specific specs" a needless redundancy?), as well as a high res sideview pic.
Nice flats... sweet for drops and touring!