[quote=“Muzha Man”][quote=“Gary Saville”]The main reason I’m getting the mountain bike is to be able to stay in Taipei later on the weekends, so I’d prefer to ride back. I was just thinking it would be much easer going the other way for the first time. Taoyuan to Taipei.
If I talked to people along the way, I’m sure any 2 toothed farmer could point the way to Taipei.[/quote]
I don’t get this. Trains run pretty late between Taipei and Taoyuan. Are you planning to bike bike at 3am?[/quote]
I see two themes in this thread: 1) recreational riding 2) riding as a means of transport home from Taipei after a night on the town.
To address 2), may I strongly recommend against it? Something about late nights, bicycles, possible alcohol consumption and crazy drivers/ riders that don’t mix. A lot of the roads out of Taipei don’t suit bicycles at the best of times, especially the motorcycle lanes on the bridges where scooter punks are going flat out in confined spaces. As Mucha man notes, the trains actually do run pretty late. Failing that, go with friends and split a cab. You can get private cabs that will do the trip for considerably cheaper than regular cabs on the meter. You can bargain with regular cabs to accept a price off the meter as well. If you have a friend or two with you, it’s not oppressively expensive.