In Taipei, there’s a shop on Bade and Jilong, SE corner (on Bade) which carries a replacement quick-snap plastic buckle; I bought a set years ago, and I’m just guessing it was about $65NT. You can also get these and double-D ring converter kits online (Google it).[/quote]
Good tip. Maybe I’ll go there. On the other, I’m always afraid of Internet purchases here due to the exhorbitant shipping costs and my ignorance of local places to buy online.
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Just around the corner from there is a shop that sells various motocycle parts. They seem to be a distributor more than a shop but I walked in there with exactly the same problem as yourself to buy the part in the hope of avoiding throwing away an otherwise perfectly good Zeuss full face helmet. They had the part and gave it to me for free despite my attempts to pay.
I am not suggesting that everyone flock over there in the hope of freebies, but if they are in fact interested in the customers then I would certainly recommend them.
They are located on Songxin Road and I will find out the number if you are interested.
On the subject of those bike shops on the corner of Jilong and Bade Roads, my advice is not to deal with shop on the inside of the intersection (the v-shaped shop). I bought a second hand bike from them not long ago and the bike actually snapped in half within a month of my buying it. It has obviously been in an accident before or was put together from two bikes. They repaired it free of charge after I insisted that they do so, but I never felt safe on it again. About two to three months later it snapped in half again so I wheeled it to the nearest shop and just bought a new bike.
When I say snapped in half I am not kidding. The handlebars came all the way back onto the seat and the footrest was v-shaped and dragging on the ground. It would have been funny if it wasn’t so damn dangerous.
Don’t deal with those guys is my advice!