Hi everyone, my company has an office in Taipei (Nangang) and I’m usually there a week a month, often enough that I’ve kept a road bike there.
I wanted to find some groups to bike with, but everything I searched for is in Mandarin, and I only speak English (starting to learn basic communications).
I also want to get some bike maintenance done - I have a race oriented bike so I’m pretty sensitive about its care. Would like a complete overhaul of the bike, including cabling, re-greasing of hubs and bottom bracket, etc.
You can try looking on Facebook for Yang Ming Shan Cycling Club
We also have our own little group here on the forums
As for bike maintenance. I go to the Merida shop in Neihu. Let me know if you need help translating, the mechanic is a good guy, knows what he’s doing and a good friend of mine. I am there often and always like an excuse to go to the bike shop.
Complete overhaul of the bike is 1000NT which includes check-up and clean. If you want your BB greased and such, let the mechanic know and he’ll do it with fee included in the 1000NT. As for new brake/gear cables, he won’t charge for service, but parts only.
Depending on what kind of cables you use, you should walk away with a well oiled and maintenanced bike for 2000NT-ish.
I clean it myself probably once every 2 weeks. Depending on the conditions. If I ride through rain, I clean it immediately, mostly the drive train, as I don’t want anything to rust.
Sending it to the bike doctor? I try to go twice a year. Since I know the guy, one out of the two times, I request him to give it a nice clean and check up since I don’t really thoroughly clean as I say I do. Other times I tell him to take everything apart, clean, grease and check.