We moved to Busan with bikes for our two children but needed a couple for ourselves as we all love going out cycling at the weekend. Luckily for us, we happened across a great little bike shop in Marine City which turned out to be such a little gem that I have to share the details with you all.
On entering the shop, not only will you be met by the infectious smile of Mr. Cho but, he will also automatically greet you in English and will be ready to assist you with whatever you may need. Of course his ability to speak a lovely level English was a great help to us, but both locals and expats flood to Mr. Cho for his cheery disposition, and his ability to do bike repairs, on the spot, in his shop.
You’ll find a range of bikes for adults and a really nice selection for the kiddies too. He has all the necessary accessories that you can think of, from helmets and kids bike bells, to wheels, tires and training items. Have a wander around his shop – he’s always very obliging and has become the go-to shop in the area
While I was there Mr. Cho was helping out a couple of young lads with a bike issue and was happy for me to get some snaps as he worked away on the problem for the boys while they waited.
It’s only recently that I’ve realized just how great the infrastructure in South Korea is for cyclists. It may not be the first thing that springs to mind when planning a visit, but with some of the best cycle trails in Asia (some would go as far to say in the world!) then I know there’s many cyclists out there either looking for specialised equipment or needing repairs, that could really benefit from having a reliable address to go to. While my family and I aren’t quite ready to travel across the country and tackle inter-city routes, we do at least know where to go for all our biking needs.
Mr. Cho’s bike shop is located in Marine City, in the Marine Park Building. This is on the main stretch of road, one block past HomePlus (in the opposite direction of Sun Plaza). If using public transport, the nearest metro station would be ‘Dongbaek’, stop No. 204 on line 2. There are also several buses that stop at the same station including the 39, 40,141 and 200. From here it’s a short walk to Marine City and you’re looking for the buildings shown here, with Mr. Cho being located in the little shop on the corner of the ground floor.
Mr Cho kindly let me know that his company has a second shop in Yangsan where he assures me that his colleague speaks even better English than him so that’s promising for anyone in the area!
As well as these two well-equipped shops, CHK International has a very user-friendly website and while a lot of it is (understandably) in Korean, the main categories are in English as well as the product names themselves. You’d easily be able to navigate through the range of bikes they have available, or search for a particular product. Stocking brands such as Pinarello, BMC, Dahon and Colnago, the chances are you’ll find what you’re looking for, and even if you don’t, I’m thinking that Mr. Cho will be able to point you in the right direction.