Natooke Bicycles specializes in fixed gear bicycles and is the first such shop founded and managed by foreigners in Chengdu. Natooke doesn’t sell pre-built bicycles and each bicycle is custom built to order, depending on specifications which you determine along with a consultant in the shop. If you’re 2 meters tall or want a bike that’s built for a specific purpose, Natooke has you covered.
Select from a rainbow of available colors to create your own unique bike which doesn’t look like anyone else’s. Bike locks, helmets, pollution masks, and other cycling accessories are available here as well.
In addition to bike sales, Natooke also offers bike rentals and hosts weekly bike polo events at the nearby Sichuan Gymnasium. On Tuesdays they lead cycling trips around the city, sometimes fully encircling Chengdu’s second ring road. For information on these and other Natooke events, follow them on Weibo.
Read the Chengdu Living 2012 interview with Natooke proprietors
Fixed gear bikes at Natooke start around 2,900 yuan depending on the parts you require, but everything is high quality. Each bike is built to last for many years and in no case does Natooke sell a mediocre product. Owners are usually on-site and willing to explain each part of the building process and offer guidance on meeting your specifications. For custom bicycles in Chengdu, there probably is no greater authority than Natooke.
Address in Chinese: 成都小天东街3号
Address in English: Xiaotian Dong Jie #3, Wuhou District
Hours: Open everyday from 10am until 7pm. Closed on Sunday afternoon when Natooke hosts bike polo at the Sichuan Gymnasium
Every Friday night at 8pm Natooke hosts a group bicycle ride through the city which lasts for about 60-90 minutes. The ride is at a casual pace and is usually accompanied by a mobile sound system. More information on the Natooke group ride is available here: Natooke Group Ride on Chengdu Forum
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