I am travelling to Taiwan in April and I am very keen to explore on two wheels. I am an ex Elite level cyclist and particularly enjoy riding in the mountains. I am most keen to ride the Taiwan KOM challenge route up Taroko Gorge.
As this is not specifically a cycling holiday (I am travelling with my wife who is not a cyclist) I will not be bringing a bike!
My plan was to bring helmet, kit, shoes, pedals etc and hire a bike. I have done this in the past all over the world and it has often worked out well.
However it seems that I will struggle to find a decent road bike for hire in Hualien/Taroko.
Does anyone on here have any advice or tips? It doesn’t have to be the best road bike ever just the correct size (56cm top tube), mechanically sound and with the correct gear ratios.
My other thought was that maybe I could hire a decent road bike in Taipei and keep it for a week or so. Would that be possible and does anyone have any idea about price, places to rent from etc? I would not be able to leave my passport behind as security as I will need it for car hire etc.