I’ve lived in Taipei for more than 4 years, and now I’m finally jobless - time for a trip!
I’ve always wanted to do the 環島 around all of Taiwan one day. But after some reading I’m not sure whether I should do the whole thing or just pick the best parts.
I’ll combine a couple questions here, any feedback is appreciated:
I’d be free 11/26-12/1 (7 days), or 12/10-12/20 (11 days), or basically any time between 1/12 and end of February. I might move back to Europe in February or March, so this might be the last chance for now.
What time would you recommend for the best weather?
The government recommends going anti-clockwise (https://www.dropbox.com/s/k9282ml61p7n57v/04_0024052.pdf?dl=0), but this thread says doing the east coast north to south is much easier:
First time in Taiwan - cycle touring/routes
If I only have 7 days, I could just do Taipei-Kenting along the east coast, go snorkelling if I get there early and take a bus or train back.
I have a decent flat bar road bike (Performer Storm 2017, complete Sora group) with mudguards and lights.
- Is there anywhere I can rent or borrow a rack and panniers? I’d feel stupid buying them for just one trip, as I have panniers back in Germany. Shipping them here would be too slow and expensive, but I could bring them on my way back in January, as I’m going there for the holidays anyway. Or is there an easy way to find them 2nd hand in Taipei?
- Right now I’m wearing sneakers with straps. Would you say cycling shoes + fitting pedals are a must? if yes, how much money should I invest? Supposing I can find shoe size 46/11 in Taipei…
- I used to have rain proof trousers back home. Do I need them, or will I be okay with soaked (cycling) shorts?
A bit of background:
I’m 32, used to only cycle 30-40 mins a day (commute), but did a 70km afternoon ride along the river last week and only my hands felt soar (gonna change those handles). I’m no big fan of long climbs though - at least not yet. Oh, and I do speak basic mandarin.
Looking forward to your advice!