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4 years 8 months ago #3356

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  • Hello, I'm moving out for work from the UK in about 3 weeks, I want to get involved in mountain bikes again for fitness and fun and am wondering if I should bring my bike with me? I've got specialised rockhopper (hardtail) which I like riding but not sure if shipping it out and then back to the UK (at the end of the contract) is sensible, if I should buy a bike in HK instead? I will need a bike for getting around town I guess, but not sure if my specialised will be suitable or if it is a liability to use an expensive bike around town? I'm also unsure if a typical apartment will accommodate bike storage. Apparently I will need a bike to cross the airfield at work (Shek Kong). I will try to avoid buying a car to save a bit of hassle and money. Might get a moped though :)

    A month or so after arrival my employer is shipping my tools out and I'm thinking about boxing up the bike to go out with my tool chest.

    The other option is to buy one when I get here, but I don't know if good bikes are available at a good price. Second hand is fine for me.

    Any advice you can give will be very welcome, thank you!
    Matt

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  • Welcome in advance to HK!

    Don't know where you're going to live, but bike crime (i.e. theft of full bikes) is relatively rare on HK island. It's more prevalent on Kowloon side, and most prevalent in the New Territories and Tung Chung. Obviously the safest place to store your bike, if you can, is in your room/flat. It's all a matter of priorities.

    Good secondhand bikes are available here, but at a "good price"? That's all relative. Bikes in HK aren't cheap - I'd say the UK is slightly cheaper particularly if you can get VAT off (but from what you say it doesn't sound like you'll be able to do it). Maybe have a look at 28bike.com and (once you've filtered out the 5 billion folders that are posted on it) see whether you'll be able to stomach local prices. Having said that, some of the local stores have secondhand options. I've seen 1 or 2 in Gravity Reaction Cycles that looked in good shape. Either way you'll want to look around the LBSs to find one that suits your needs.

    Sorry for rambling, am shattered due to work

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  • Hi Matt,

    Congrats on your new posting in HK!!

    How long will you be contracted in HK? If its 6 months to a year you will need a bike.

    Shek Kong is surrounded by hills and if you will be working there, MTB will be on your mind everytime you look up. It is also a stones throw from HK's most popular trail network.

    It also really depends on where you are going to live. If you only need a bike to pootle across the runway after you get off the bus/train then you can buy a beater nearby for chips and keep it chained up at the bus stop or station. This is very common in shek kong and New Territories. Then you can think about bringing your bike out and keep it at home.

    However if you want a bike to commute and MTB then perhaps buy one here. You might not have space for 2 bikes in your flat.

    Mopeds are technically illegal in HK but you can buy a scooter cheap. Just be careful in Shek Kong, its HK's scapyard and you might be tempted to buy a piece of crap.

    Good luck and hope it goes well. Let us know how you get on or need any help.

    Cheers!!

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  • Yeah as others have said, get two, a secondhand clunker for commuting, that ride across Shek Kong is pretty flat anyway, plus you can keep it outside chained up to some railing and one for the trails proper.

    I love hard tails and currently use a 29'er for most of my riding here, you will develop skills faster on them as you'll be standing most of the time it's that technical! If you love your down hill runs maybe consider something with 5" or more suspension but believe me that climb up Route Twisk to the trail head is a long one on any bike.

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  • As for the Spesh, get a (hardcase?) bike "bag" and bring it with you on the plane. Do the same when going back to the UK. Fill the empty space with clothes and whatnot and saves you having to use a suitcase as well. Plus you'll have the bike with you when you've landed in HK and get out riding in the trails next day! B) The "bowl" of Shek Kong" (I lived in this area for the last 3 years... so know it well) is as flat as a pancake, so for the commuting stuff, just get a beater.

    @Steve: All the recent Spesh Rockhoppers are 29ers. ;)

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  • Hi all,

    Thanks for the informative replies and sorry for being slow to respond. Going by your advice, the Spesh is boxed up and ready to follow me over :)

    I negotiated with my new employer to have a pallet of personal kit sent to me at their expense, so along with my tools and airsoft kit I am bundling up the bike. So see you soon! Am on holiday to Japan for 3 weeks and then straight to HK, although my visa is taking forever and hasn't been approved yet, which is a pain in the arse, it should have been approved a month ago.

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  • Glad to hear it !!!!

    Good luck with the move and keep in touch after you get hear.

    If you are under employment and being brought here your visa will be fine. Dont sweat it, probably HR dragging their feet.

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