Thanks again for all your help. For some reason I couldn’t follw the link to get directions to Sean’s bike shop, but have now bought a bike…hurrah!
My experience as follows: -
Went to a shop on Keelung, near to Xin Yi (the one with the Haro sign)…walked around for a while looking at bikes…no one spoke to me so left
Went to a shop opposite Y17 (Ren Ai Rd?) called colourful cycles…sames experience
On advice of gf’s brother went to Daan and wondered left out of station on Xin Yi until I found 102 Bicycle company (note also mentioned in threads on Forumosa).
David came straight up to me, let me speak my terrible Mandarin (Wo yao yi ge da de Mountain Bike) and then dealt with me in English from there on.
He was happy to negotiate, fitted the extra parts I wanted there and then and gave me a free map of cycle paths…which I thought was a nice touch.
For those who are interested I came away with a bog standard hard tail Giant in aluminium but fitted clip in pedals to it and paid about 8K all in. Descibed as XL but I think it is 21" . . . I am 6’3" and it fits me brilliantly.