From Taiwan: strange bike in a strange land.

rollo.jpg Apparently bookstores are the new hangout in Taiwan. The Eslite booksellers franchise has a huge flagship store about 6 blocks from Taiepi 101. They have 5 floors topped by a fancy restaurant floor. The basement level is a food court.

On our way, I spotted this bike labelled “Rollo”. What’s so unusual about it? It’s model that Bianchi sold in the states, basically a downgraded version of the Bianchi Milano with green metal-flake paint and a stupid clown head horn. I don’t think that Bianchi had a Taiwan presence when this model was produced, let alone sold it Taiwan. How did you get here, you little ugly bike?