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With a surprising number of different ecosystems across the territory—including vast mountain ranges, an abundance of hot springs and coastal areas dotted with pristine beaches—Taiwan is emerging as a hotspot for both amateur and professional cyclists. The popularity of cycling across Taiwan is perhaps somewhat unsurprising, as bikes are a dime a dozen on the roads in its major cities; the Tour de Taiwan cycling race also attracts contestants from more than 20 countries every year.
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Located in Sai Kung Old Town, opposite the wet market, this small shop is stuffed with all sorts of bicycles—mountain, road, big-name brands and children’s models too. It also has spare parts and accessories, and offers repairs and servicing.
Established in 1982, Shun Lee sells a good range of mountain, hybrid and road bikes and is the importer for Intense frames. It also runs a maintenance service and has a second outlet in Tuen Mun.
So popular did this shop become that owner Roy recently smartened up its act and also opened a sister store, Bike Depot, up the road. The two shops sell a wide range of road, mountain and children’s bikes, as well as hybrid bikes that are good for beginners and top-end tri bikes. They can order bikes and parts from around the world and are also happy to part exchange bikes in good condition should you get the triathlon bug and want an upgrade. Bike Stop also sells all the kit and offers bike repairs and servicing.