I’d like to know if anyone does much gravel biking, especially near Taipei or down the east coast, and has favorite jeep trails or single-track they can recommend. I have mountain and cyclocross bikes, but would rather leave them in the U.S. and not bring them to Taiwan. So I’m considering investing in a decent off-road bike, and wonder if mountain bikes might be overkill for cross-country off-road biking in Taiwan if you’re not into the steep semi-suicidal downhill stuff that requires body armor, super long-travel shocks and extra health insurance.
The best resource I’ve found is the Gravel Bike & Cyclocross Taiwan FB Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/554223488105806/. One rider talks about a dirt access road near the caoshan radar site (草山雷達站的草山戰備道). Isn’t that within Yangmingshan Nat’l Park?
I recall one post on this forum discussing mountain biking from southern Taipei to Yilan. So I’ll look that one up again. I’m also curious about trails that follow dry river beds up into the mountains on the east coast. Thanks for your recommendations!