very hard, still very rare. as your father would know, the cookie cutter- out of the box bog-standard Giant double suspension mountain bike fr riding the flat river trails still rules the roost and the mindset of taipei.
the easiest way is to make one yourself, and that’s the route that most people go down here. buy an old road bike and convert, which means either buying a BMX free wheel (online, only) and an old bike with freewheel hubs that you pull the freewheel off and redish the wheel, or buy a new hub and rebuild the wheel (i’ve done both of these things)… OR find an old track bike here on ruten. that’s a tall order, as there are only three velodromes in the whole of taiwan (XinZhu, TaiZhong, and GaoXiong), the few track bikes around are track bikes, not road fixed gears, and there are nearly no members in the clubs who ride there who would sell. and the prices are astronomical: I’ve seen an old Guerciotti road frame (just my size, unfortunately, an old `1980s Italian with horizontal dropouts, just the thing for a road fixie), for sale for 25,000. that’s just the frame and the fork, mind you, and the guy was in no mood to bargain, and the frame was chipped and the chrome cracking… this was a beat up old road frame of no particular distinction, for the cost of a new TCR.
REDIKULOUS! Don’t believe the hype. buy via ebay from the US, pony up for the shipping, and you’d still be ahead of the stupid prices here.
That said, I’ll sell you my 1984 Colnago SS for a million bucks.
I like it a lot.