Bike Rental in Taiwan: all you need to know to rent a bike in Taipei or everywhere else
Where to find Giant Bike Rental Shops in Taipei, Kaohsiung, Hualien, Taichung, and all over Taiwan. Prices, terms and conditions, models, reservation policy. Everything you need to know to rent a bicycle in Taiwan.
There is a capillary network of Giant Stores, all over the island, which provide bike rental service of basic trekking bicycles, with panniers, multi-tool, lights, cycle computer, and pump. The great thing is that you can pick up a bike in one shop, tour the island and then drop it at another shop elsewhere.
If you want a more flexible bike rental, we advise you to contact the guys at Mathew Bike in Shilin district of Taipei. They have a good chose of bikes, and no credit card is needed.
Moreover, they are a really nice couple whose work is worth sustaining, we went with them and we didn’t regret. They also will provide you with helmets and patch kits, which Giant stores won’t. The only downside is that you have to return to Taipei with the bikes.
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How much does it cost to rent a Giant bicycle in Taiwan
The rental costs NT 1500 (51USD/41€) for the first three days, and NT200 (5.5€/6.8USD) for each additional day. Normally, you will be asked your credit card data, and the booking should be done two weeks in advance with exact dates, although we found out this is not as rigid.
For example 7 days will cost you = 1500 + 200 x 4 = 2300
What you get
Rates include :
1 front lights
1 rear lights
2 rear pannier bags (Giant brand)
Giant does not provide tire levers, inner tubes, or patch kit. You must remember to purchase your own flat repair equipment. They also do not provide helmets.
About Giant Rental Bikes
Giant store offer only flat-bar hybrid trekking bikes, forget about riding a fast road bike or a reliable touring bicycle. These bikes are not designed for loaded touring, although all of them have rear racks to fit the panniers.
Do not load to much gear to avoid wobbling. Tires are a bit narrow for my taste and adherence on wet asphalt is not the best when loaded.
They are, by the way, pretty decent and well-maintained bikes, that will bring you and your gear to the destination without too much hassle. Of course, if you’re used to riding your own beloved bike, you won’t feel great on this wholesale stuff.
Featured bicycle models are Fastroad, Alight, Great Journey, Escape but availability will depend on your body measures. Each frame is marked with a Giant serial number for tracking.
What do you need to provide
Although renting a bike in Taiwan from Giant stores is very convenient, it doesn’t come hassle-free. Most of the stores, if not all of them, require you to authorize them your credit card (Visa or MasterCard only), just in case of losing the bike & gears. Giant values each bicycle at about NT$30,000 and you are liable for any loss or damage.
According to the rules, Giant rental shops are also very strict about reservations and exact pick-up and return dates. They ask to book the bike at least two weeks in advance, better if 1 or 2 months (!), providing the exact dates of your trip and where you will return the bike. Note that all Giant rental shops are closed on Thursday.
In my experience, contacting basically all the shops in Taiwan, that is not always true. Of course, especially in peak seasons and holiday, they might run out of bikes, and indeed no shop in Taipei had any available when we asked, but we just contacted them 4 days in advance.
Many other shops had bikes available and where willing to discuss alternatives to the credit card procedure (since we didn’t have one).
By the way, with the guys at MathewBike, everything was just way more easy and informal. I first booked the bikes for 5 days and ended up keeping them for 14, without any trouble.
2020 Update! The guys at MathewBike recently expanded their activity, they have new and fancier bikes, and provide planning and support car services – proud of you guys! You can contact them through their facebook page or their brand-new website.
Terms and conditions of Giant bike rental service in Taiwan
The most official shops will send you a PDF with the rental condition, but it’s in Traditional Chinese, so here’s an approximate translation. This translation is purposely left almost unchanged, like Google Translate reflects it, to avoid any misinterpretation by our own side, you’re welcome to contribute to improving it.
Hello, please read the following instructions before leasing a bicycle for a tour of the island. Because the Giant Island touring is the province’s mobile (?), we will answer whether we have a bike to rent within about one week after receiving your appointment notice.
Afterward, an official appointment will be mailed to you. If the following instructions cannot answer your questions, please feel free to ask us. We will serve you wholeheartedly. Thank you!
First, the rental method:
1. Please call or MAIL appointment 2 to 1 month before departure to make an appointment. After the appointment, the store will send a MAIL notice to accept the appointment. 2. (Domestic Traveler) After making an appointment, you need to deliver the deposit within three days to the store. If not, the store will have the right to cancel this transaction. Please send the remittance to the following account.
3. (Foreign Traveler) After receiving the mail for confirming the booking, please pay the deposit within 3 days. The minimum deposit amount is NT$1,500. Please remind you to select [Full Payment to Full Payment] when remittance. Or Received In Full Amount, if not ordered, the store will have the right to cancel this transaction. Please be sure to confirm with the store staff. Giant Company Account Payee Information (Beneficiary’s Details)
銀行名稱(A/C with Bank): CHANG HWA COMMERCIAL BANK 分行別(Branch): NANTUN BRANCH SWIFT BIC: CCBCTWTP404 銀行地址(BANK Address): NO.306 SEC. 1 WEN HSIN RD,TAICHUNG 408 TAIWAN 受款人姓名(Beneficiary’s Name): GIANT SALES COMPANY 受款人帳號(Beneficiary’s A/C NO.): 4042-01-002880-00 備註(Notice): Giant Sales Company have to receive in full amount, do not allow to deduct handling charge!
4. Please provide “contact name (full name), telephone number, MAIL, rental period, height, number of people” when making an appointment. 5. Rental bikes can be rented at an A place and returned to a B place (only limited to official stores), the stores does not provide rent/return, maintenance services on Thursdays (except Taichung flagship store) 6. The lease of a touring bicycle can be picked up one day in advance.
Second, rent calculation: $1200, $1500 for 1~3 days, $200 daily starting from the 4th day
Third, the payment method: credit card (if you use UnionPay cards we will not be able to back brush)
Fourth, for models please refer to the following picture (real bike spare parts, please refer to the site of the vehicle)
V. With bike accessories: headlights, taillights, stopwatch, tube bags, shelves, rear saddlebags, pump, bottle cage, locks, tools
Sixth, spare parts damage compensation explanation
When taking the vehicle, please confirm with the staff of the store, if because of the user operation improperly damages or loses, needs compensations according to the retail price.
1. When you pick up the bike, you must fill in the contract for the rental and you need to provide photo ID for photocopying. The foreign visitors are required to provide passport copies. 2. If you are ringing Taiwan for about 9 days, please consider the number of days you are renting. If you return earlier, you will not be refunded. 3. If you want to change the location of returning a bicycle, you need to inform the original bike rental shop to facilitate vehicle scheduling. 4. The front and back lamp batteries are consumables, and they do not provide free replacement service. 5. Because the island can not select vehicle models due to the flow of the entire province, it will provide the existing suitable size vehicle models according to the height of the consumers. If the models of the same type are insufficient, they can rent the model with the same size at the scene. 6. There is no timely roadside assistance service for leasing around the island. Except for Article 8 of the bicycle leasing contract, the remaining costs derived from the remaining issues shall be borne by the lessee and the charging method shall be borne by Yimen City.
Giant-Sun Moon Lake Station 555 1st Floor, No.163 Zhongshan Road, Yuchi Township, Nantou County 049-2856713 / 049-2856712 / 0980-309-011 / email@example.com / November ~ April 07:00 to 18:00 / May – October 06:00 – 19:00
Giant – Chiayi Store 600 1st Floor, No. 298 Linsen West Road, West District, Chiayi City 05-2250923
Giant – Tainan Store 702 No. 416, Section 2, Jianshe Road, South District, Tainan City 06-2638597 / 06-2634921 / 0980-884-645 / firstname.lastname@example.org / 11:00-21:00