[quote=“Maoman”]I know I’d get better performance if I wore bike shoes, the kind that clipped onto the pedals, but in Taiwan’s unique riding environment, wouldn’t my feet rot? I’m wearing Tevas now (I just have standard pedals, so I don’t have to worry about clipping in), but I find that if I’m biking in the rain or if I drive through a puddle, they “drain” quite efficiently. I can’t imagine a wipeout would be very much fun, but I’m trying not to imagine that. Is there a better alternative?
Also, moving a bit north on the corpus, I have found that boxers are not ideal for bicycling. Is there anything I can wear that will let my boys breathe a little better than jockey briefs? Do they make biking underwear?[/quote]
I brought a pair of this with me when I was in Taiwan back in May and my own SPD pedals.
amazon.com/Shimano-SPD-Cycli … B000K70IRS
They worked pretty well and they are easy to walk in since the clip is recessed. I would be careful if you plan on doing any real mountain biking with these since the toes are pretty exposed. The top of the feet is well protected.
I did most of my riding south and east of Tainan. I usually wear biking shorts and jersey and had no problems. I also took a shower afterward and switched into street clothing when I was done. But I have been riding for about 15 years and I am used to them in all kind of conditions.
One trick that I found to combat the humidity and heat in Taiwan is to soak my biking jersey with water and then twist (god, what’s the word for twisting a shirt/towel to get rid of the water in the shirt/towel? I must have spent too much time in Taiwan.) out the water. It was like wearing an air conditioner when riding.
If you have never use clipless pedal before, I would recommend that you practice a lot in a parking so that getting off the clip
is like second nature. Otherwise, you will have the misfortune of tipping over when you get to a stop light because you can’t figure out how to un-clip. Everyone I know has done that at least once when they were learning clipless pedals. But once it’s second nature, it is a lot easier to use and faster than toeclips.
Of course, in Taipei, you may not actually fall over, you probably would just lean on the scooter next to you. And if you do fall over, you would probably get run over.