Rapha Clubhouse (Taipei)


So just an FYI for those that might be interested.

The store honors the discounts on the Rapha website despite the item not being tagged or marked down.

I do not think they have the man power to tag every item, so mark downs are taken at the register.

For those that have been playing import games with DHL, this is a more viable option since…you’re paying the online price and take zero risk of added import fees.


Did you get free coffee @ranlee?


That’s still 9 quid for a bottle. I usually get mine for about 2 quid… :confused:


The coffee shop and store are on different floors. So, if you’re browsing, it doesn’t seem like they’ll just hop on by with a hot one for you to enjoy. Unless, I tried on something and was taking my dear time, that’s a possibility.

However, I don’t plan on buying any clothes from them.


The video is awesome. Have rarely seen such well-produced content on cycling, let alone for Taipei. Too much cycling content is about racing and strength and power and tech, this video was awesome because it captures the feel, the real joy of being on a bike in a city & in the countryside. I can see why Rapha is successful, all successful brands that can command huge margin are good at capturing and (cynics would say hijacking) those kinds of feelings.

So what is the deal with those “clubhouse,” @ranlee? Can any low-born curmudgeon go in there and try on the kits or do you first need to cough up your NT$7800 lest a lycra-clad bouncer kicks you to curb?


They call it the clubhouse because that’s where all their club rides start.

No need to fork over 7800NT yearly fee to go buy their gear. However, I think you can only buy the RCC (Rapha Cycling Club) gear if you’re an RCC member. How do they know you’re a member? You’re issued a membership card upon signing up, so you just have to show that upon purchase. @Liub can clarify that.


Never bought RCC items in store and have never been asked for membership for coffee haha.


There’s this local saying that suits you:



On a positive note, Rapha do sponsor this podcast.


Well worth a listen. There’s free stuff or you can subscribe to gain access to additional material.

I tend to dip in now and again, but it’s a must-listen during the GTs


Lance’s podcast is also very good listening and/or watching. Dude knows a bit about racing even if, well, you know.


I figured I would throw this here

The annual Rapha Festive 500. Where Rapha (and Strava) challenge you to ride 500km in one week. Being in Asia, we got pretty lucky where all we have to worry about is “cold” temperatures. Cyclists in UK and anywhere in the northern hemisphere are definitely toughening up for this challenge.

Who’s doing it and who’s not? Why not?

I’ve done my calculations and have given up before starting. 5-6 days of riding on the riverside would definitely get in the necessary kms, but for me, a bit too boring and the efforts make it seem like it’s a job. Pass.


You’re already at 228km though, and if you did that 131km ride a day later it would’ve been 359. And still 3 days left. But I agree, it can be really boring. I found myself at 75km today just absolutely bored and retracing paths to get the mileage in. Stops being fun when it becomes a chore.

I’m sitting at 238km as I’m writing this, trying for 70km tomorrow and possibly 30km more commuting to work. Although they’re doing construction under the Formosa freeway, which is part of my commute. So it’ll probably end at 70km tomorrow.