Tainan Cycling Scene


#1

Having (sort of) settled in Zhubei/Hsinchu, Mrs ColT has now been offered a job at a university in Tainan. :unamused:

Soooooooo, any pointers on where I can:

(i) hook up with some cyclists for training in the Tainan area? (Is there an E-ma equivalent down there? :wink: )
(ii) find a decent shop or two to cater for my Campag needs?

Thanks in advance.

Colin


BIcycle together in city, critical mass Tainan.
#2

Oh dear. Looks like I'm on my own then. :-/


#3

Several of the better-known shops here are run by the same guy named. His nickname is Cowboy and he has hooked up several of my friends in the past. There are several clubs and weekly races which he could also let you in on.


#4

Okay, thanks - where will I find this Cowboy chap?


#5

out riding.


#6

Tainan City
1. Cowboy's Bike Shop (contact Cowboy)
(06) 228-0089; 11, YungFu Rd, Sec 2, 1F

If it's not here, the new shop will be just down the road past the 7-11. Can't miss the giant Giant sign.


#7

Thanks.

Had been hoping to bump into him out on a ride - I imagine he has a ten gallon helmet. :wink:


#8

He rides with a funny saddle too.

Never seen a pommel on a bike before.


#9

I heard someone biked from Taichung to Tainan... didn't make it, collapsed en route and died at the hospital...


#10

Two different locations show up on Google Maps.

One is small and cute, the other looks big and soulless (on a major road). I assume they operate out of two locations (do repairs in one, and sales in the other, or something like that?).

Small and cute:
Lane 185, Dōngchéng St, Dong District, Tainan

Big and soulless:
中華東路三段212號 (i.e., Zhonghua East Section 3), Dong District, Tainan


#11

Okay, after several months based in Tainan, I have made a few contacts and have a slightly better understanding of what it's like down here.

I have located the two Giant shops owned/run by the chap known as Cowboy, although I have yet to meet the fella. There's also a nice shop in Anping doing a wide variety of stuff with a fair bit of high end. 227 Ride and the City (facebook.com/biketimetw) who organises training runs - early Sat am starting from Xinhua and Thurs evening from the shop (more casual). Number of riders varies, but there are usually some pretty quick guys on Saturday, so I get a good workout (around 100km+). I've also hooked up with another Brit' I bumped in to out on the road. Has a group of locals he rides with some weekends (Sat ams again and sometimes Sundays) - Sat's are a more gentle pace, but good rides out into the hilly stuff. Haven't done a Sunday ride with him yet, but he goes out with an ex Taiwanese pro who also has a bike shop. Not quite sure where, but can easily locate it if anyone's interested.

If you want any further info or want to hook up on a ride, reply here or drop me a PM.

Colin


#12

Hey ColT, I’ve just moved to Tainan and I’m looking to meet with a group of leisure riders to explore the area with me. I’m a strong cyclist and I can handle a good day’s riding, but my primary focus is to enjoy the surroundings rather than race through them, and my bike is a hybrid, not a road bike, so I’m not well suited to the more training-oriented road bike groups I’ve found here. My ideal ride is 40-80 km, sticking to scenic low-traffic roads and paths as much as possible, with some kind of theme or destination to explore before turning around and heading home, and a slow enough pace to maintain conversations with other riders. I’m feeling really starved for nature here in the Tainan city sprawl, so I’d like to find rides that get out of the city and into nature if possible. Anything around here match that description, or should I just try to round up some people with similar interests and start my own group? Can you recommend any good routes that can get me away from the city without having to contend with roaring highway traffic and clouds of exhaust?

Thanks!


#13

Hi. Sorry, just seen this. Not quite my type of riding, but I can probably help you out. Where are you in Tainan? We’re in the north district, so it’s 5 mins to get fairly rural (and flat) from here, or 30 mins to get out to Xinhua to start the more hilly rides. If you want to have a chat to discuss the options (over a map and a coffee or something?!), that may be easiest. PM me if interested. Colin

Edit: there’s a group on FB called Biking Buddies here in Tainan. Usually ride on Saturday morning - mix of leisure/scenic/social/hilly. I think it’s a closed group but can get you an invite if interested.


#14

[quote=“epinephrine”]Hey ColT, I’ve just moved to Tainan and I’m looking to meet with a group of leisure riders to explore the area with me. I’m a strong cyclist and I can handle a good day’s riding, but my primary focus is to enjoy the surroundings rather than race through them, and my bike is a hybrid, not a road bike, so I’m not well suited to the more training-oriented road bike groups I’ve found here. My ideal ride is 40-80 km, sticking to scenic low-traffic roads and paths as much as possible, with some kind of theme or destination to explore before turning around and heading home, and a slow enough pace to maintain conversations with other riders. I’m feeling really starved for nature here in the Tainan city sprawl, so I’d like to find rides that get out of the city and into nature if possible. Anything around here match that description, or should I just try to round up some people with similar interests and start my own group? Can you recommend any good routes that can get me away from the city without having to contend with roaring highway traffic and clouds of exhaust?

Thanks![/quote]
Hey, I don’t know if Colin ever got back to you so I’ll try and help.
For starters, google “strava world heat map” and then zone in on the Tainan area.
not sure if this link will work http://labs.strava.com/heatmap/#14/120.22178/22.99048/blue/bike

Also, here is a route I’ll post a route. my name --[callum shayer] https://www.strava.com/activities/251407136

Now, if you don’t have a strava account, I would advise you to make a quick account and then go to my profile, or colins and click on the blue bars that list how much we have ridden each week. The rides we have done should pop up and then you can just search around for the distance you would like to do and voila many many rides of varying length. I do more rides in the hills and he does more fast morning rides in north part of town. Hope this helps. Also, colin never invites me for coffee…


#15

[quote=“protoprismatic”][quote=“epinephrine”]Hey ColT, I’ve just moved to Tainan and I’m looking to meet with a group of leisure riders to explore the area with me. I’m a strong cyclist and I can handle a good day’s riding, but my primary focus is to enjoy the surroundings rather than race through them, and my bike is a hybrid, not a road bike, so I’m not well suited to the more training-oriented road bike groups I’ve found here. My ideal ride is 40-80 km, sticking to scenic low-traffic roads and paths as much as possible, with some kind of theme or destination to explore before turning around and heading home, and a slow enough pace to maintain conversations with other riders. I’m feeling really starved for nature here in the Tainan city sprawl, so I’d like to find rides that get out of the city and into nature if possible. Anything around here match that description, or should I just try to round up some people with similar interests and start my own group? Can you recommend any good routes that can get me away from the city without having to contend with roaring highway traffic and clouds of exhaust?

Thanks![/quote]
Hey, I don’t know if Colin ever got back to you so I’ll try and help.
For starters, google “strava world heat map” and then zone in on the Tainan area.
not sure if this link will work http://labs.strava.com/heatmap/#14/120.22178/22.99048/blue/bike

Also, here is a route I’ll post a route. my name --[callum shayer] https://www.strava.com/activities/251407136

Now, if you don’t have a strava account, I would advise you to make a quick account and then go to my profile, or colins and click on the blue bars that list how much we have ridden each week. The rides we have done should pop up and then you can just search around for the distance you would like to do and voila many many rides of varying length. I do more rides in the hills and he does more fast morning rides in north part of town. Hope this helps. Also, colin never invites me for coffee…[/quote]

See post previous to yours, Callum. I got back and left it open, but haven’t heard anything.

Funny you should mention coffee - was thinking about inviting round the ex-pat riders I know just after New Year for coffee and cake… watch this space.


#16

wibble


#17

I guess the aforementioned cyclist or the cycling org saw the blog and asked you to take it down.


#18

I guess the aforementioned cyclist or the cycling org saw the blog and asked you to take it down.[/quote]

Not exactly. I just got tired of the whole thing, so thought I’d leave it alone.


#19

A post was merged into an existing topic: Cycling in Tainan (Critical Mass Tainan)