I bought a second-hand bike for NT$1,000 at the NTU campus that I absolutely loved and rode for 6-7+ hours a day without incident. Cannot recommend a better way to get around Taipei. Taiwanese will look aghast when you suggest riding longer than 10 minutes on a bicycle but don’t listen to them - even Zhonghe to Shi-da night market only took me around the same time as the MRT. Taipei is small enough to traverse almost any distance comfortably by bicycle and it’s certainly safer than riding a scooter.
I had one bike stolen outside a nightclub at 5am but again I only paid NT$1,000 for it from an NTNU student and had a good 3 month run out of it before then.
In fact, now you mention it I’m going out right now to buy myself a cheap bike to ride around Da Keng.
[quote=“derek1978”]How dangerous is bicycling in Taipei and the rest of Taiwan? I am a roadie and a mountain biker by heart. I have a nice Bianchi Roadie here in Oregon…costs too much to ship it. Thinking of just buying a bike when I get to Taiwan.
I hear that GIANT (Taiwanese company) makes great bikes. Anyone know?
Do bikes get stolen a lot? Is it safe? Is Taiwan bike friendly?[/quote]