Cycling in Taiwan... First Time.
I have been told in Taiwan so many people are into bicycles... I'm talking about going pro. A lot of people here take it very seriously and at the same time I can see a lot of manufacture name brands as well. One of my friend invited me to join him for a 75km round trip from his home. I accepted the Challenge.
The last time I have used a bike was probably back in college... after sitting on a motorcycle... it was game over for bicycles. hehehe. But I am curious to what is and why is this such a big deal?
Safety first~ I started to buy some basic gear. Helmet, Pants, Shirt, Gloves....
Starter Pack! and boy gear is not cheap either! Although I think I would like to protect my brain as a priority.😄
A professional bike shop "96 Cycling" Ultra nice interior design.
Some bike shop near my home. I really love how they did the display and presentation of their products. Ultra clean and professional.
My very first bike helmet. I usually like to get it once and get it right... this way it actually saved money in the long run.
Another bike shop I visited. The shop may not be as good looking as the previous one, however I can tell the shop owner here is ultra pro. He seemed to have won a lot of awards.
I can tell... this guy is a proud man. :)
I guess these people are very famous... since I am so new to this sport I dont have much knowledge. However... just look at those legs... Horse Power.
As my first trip it was very enjoyable and yet physically challenging at the same time. Since it was my first ride I was so focused on the road and couldn't take much photos.
One thing for sure is that the gear really does help smoothen the ride. The pants have a padding around the butt area which cushions the friction when riding, and the gloves really gives some good grip and helps pain around the wrist. Helmet.... smooth operator. :)
I will try to blog this more often as I get to know more about this sport.
I haven't blogged for a while and its time to get back on track!!!
I made it!!!!!~~~~ Victory!!!!!
Thanks for viewing!!~~
@whangster79 Thanks for sharing such a nice blog!
really enjoyed it and it is interesting as well, will look forward to your track....
Thanks~ I enjoy trying new things and hope to share the experience with our community. Viewers like you always give me a lot of motivation to do more. hehehe.
@whangster79 trying new things is always interesting whether you succeed or not but it always gives you something to learn and remember. Keep sharing and rocking!!!!!!
Hey @whangster79 good to see you again! How did the rest of your cycling trip go? Didn't see you post anything after the first couple.
If you're posting, don't forget to add it on Pinmapple!! Look forward for my Taiwan dose, missing it a lot
Hey~ Thanks for stopping by. Yea its been such a long time and been kicking my butt to get back in the blogging mode. :) I will add it to Pinmapple as well~~ almost forgot. Hope all is well my friend.
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I must say that it was a nice experience for you
It was quite refreshing. Bicycles have been around us ever since we were born, and we see them everyday everywhere... at the same time I think to myself how many times have I really ride a bicycle??? Its feel different than when I was riding as a child~ Give it a try. :)
Will definitely give it a try, thanks.
What a beautiful experience this must have been for you, returning to something you haven't done in a long time will be very challenging but you focused on it and got it done.
I haven't used a bicycle in a long time, I doubt if I can still pedal
It was pretty refreshing since I haven’t pedal for such a long time. I thought it would be sore the next day but it was ok. I guess I am still pretty healthy. Hahaha~ As long as you have the will~~~ there is always a way my friend. Never doubt yourself!!
That's right, I will take the challenge again some days. Happy weekend.
I love cycling around various parts of the world. I never tried it in Taiwan though. I'm not sure why that is. It's a great way to explore so much more and as long as you understand the traffic, I feel like it is really safe too.
I tried going around Taiwan a full circle with a moped scooter with my German friend. That was pretty fun~ My friend had a lot of travel experience like you, so it was much more comfortable for me to travel around cause he knew how to get around and together it was crazy fun. But with a bicycle…. Will I go around Taiwan??? Hmmmmm that doesn’t sound very easy. However!! I heard many many Taiwanese do it~~ cause the roads are good is what I heard. :)
My experience with cycling is that it seems impossible to go that far but once you get moving you don't really even notice you are doing it anymore and it is actually pretty easy. Well, until you get to really hard hills or it starts pouring down with rain. But then again, if you are not in a hurry you can just sit under cover, rest, and wait for it to pass. Of course a lot of your comfort depends on your gear. I don't have proper cycling shorts / pants so after about 50km I can no longer feel my butt! :)
You are absolutely right! When it comes to distance 50,100,200 km does seem really far however once you get the wheels rolling and if you are not in a rush it does seem that you don't really notice it. The importance of distance and the worry of it seemed to kinda disappear and you start to think about other things... such as the stuff you see, the wind blowing, how hot the weather is, the smell of place to place.... :) And yea I do think gear is pretty important, especially the pants because I heard stories where people ride really long distances without proper pants and later they get blisters around the inner thighs... man... that already sounds like it hurts like hell!!!! Thanks for the comment!!!
Wow 😍😍😍 hope to go there also, this place is so damn awesome!!!
Hahaha~ Thanks. I am a complete newb so when I goto shops I have no idea what I am looking at. :)
The experience of the first time is something unmatchable. Great you shared your feelings riding in taiwan. I've always wanted to ride cross country but fir now i don't have enough to do so. Hope someday soon it'll be reality
It will be a reality~ :) I am sure of it.
and your words are spot on... first time is something unmatchable. Nice~
these bicycles looks nice👍
Wow! How I wish I could get to such amazing place, the place looks so great with required cycling kits and I loving cycling already. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post.
Thanks for the comment!~ Cycling seems like a pretty amazing sport... I heard it can also get pretty expensive too, but I am trying to do this one step at a time. One thing is that the community for cycling I heard is very friendly here in Taiwan. I will try to post more of what I experience as a beginner.
I will really love to see more of your post to more experience about cycling. Have a wonderful day
Thank you @twicejoy~~ and through people like you it encourages me to create more content. I enjoy people reading and enjoying my posts... I sometimes think if any of this blogging has any meaning to anyone, however through time its the small comments like yours that make my day a better one. I will try and post more experiences more often. Cheers!
I will be looking forward to more of your post.. cheers 🍻
Nice bike shops indeed. Taiwan would be a great place for climbing - after some training, you could do one of the most challenging races in the world:
Wow!!!~~ oh man! Thanks for the link. There is so much to learn~~~ so little time!!!!
Are you into cycling as well?