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How was your ride today?

Taiwan is a cyclist's paradise, and here's the place to share your experiences, questions, and pictures!

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Re: How was your ride today?

Postby Nuit » 13 Sep 2013, 08:57

antarcticbeech wrote:I don't know how to deal with the dogs without getting off or slowing down but I just accept that. I'm pretty zen about it now.... Now when I see these dogs they recognize me and know I don't play with them, and I can ride past them now, usually.


Good dog management :thumbsup:. Turn and face them. Talking to them non-threateningly usually also works.
I always ask dogs to "Come on here, then, come on." None of them ever do :D.
It's raining again here.

A wicked wind whips up the hill, a handful of hopeful words.
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Re: How was your ride today?

Postby ColT » 13 Sep 2013, 10:12

I should stop reading this. Last night I dreamt I was being attacked by dogs - I woke myself up kicking the wardrobe next to my bed. Now my foot hurts. :oops: :fume:
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Re: How was your ride today?

Postby scomargo » 13 Sep 2013, 10:32

antarcticbeech wrote:Yeah 獅仔頭山 suits me to a tee. I normally do it during the week when the traffic is even less (I noticed a definite uptick on Sunday). I've been riding it almost every week over this summer so I'm quite familiar with all the dogs on the ascent :lol: (doing the loop anticlockwise). I haven't ever been chased going down the eastern side and actually I haven't climbed it from that way yet.

Thanks for your comments, antarcticbeech. I appreciate it.

It seems as though you do that 獅仔頭山 route in the opposite direction than I did. Your way seems steeper going up, but even if it is, that gives you a better workout. Unfortunately, weekday rides are not an option for me at the moment due to job and family commitments, but I agree that most rides would be way better during the week.

Thanks again for your insight.
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Re: How was your ride today?

Postby PaddyB » 13 Sep 2013, 14:01

antarcticbeech wrote:
No worries. :thumbsup: I'm a little concerned about the traffic coming out of Xindian along the 110. Have you taken that section much?


Yes, I've taken it several times. The traffic in Ankeng is horrible if you leave too late but after that it's not bad, just the occasional asshole driver like you encounter on any similar sized main road in Taiwan.

Haokaiyang used to take it all the time and he never complained about it. It's a really easy road and you can get to Sanxia faster than you think. For example, last year I rode to the Tonghou trail head out past Wulai and while the ride was over 100km from my house it didn't seem so bad because a decent chunk of it was the 110.
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Re: How was your ride today?

Postby Nuit » 02 Oct 2013, 19:47

Thu - Yilan to Niudou (#51 road) - 45km in the dark.

Fri - Niudou (#51) to Fuxing over the Northern Cross - 80km. Had to ford the Taipingshan river at the south of the #51, as the bridge had been washed out again. Just about made it across in 2 trips, as the unpleasant alternative was back out to Niudou and then across to the 7. After that though, got great weather, and so gained revenge for the miserable cloud back in March, going west to east.

Sat - Fuxing down to Sanxia, then rode with PaddyB up to Xiongkong and then over the top and down to the #114. Steep and worth it. All in, about another 80km.


Here's pics from the Friday.

Climbing up to Mingchi on the Northern Cross
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Luofu, looking east
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Sunset from Fuxing
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It's raining again here.

A wicked wind whips up the hill, a handful of hopeful words.
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Re: How was your ride today?

Postby Nuit » 13 Oct 2015, 21:29

It's been a while.

Mon : northern loop from Yuli, south Hualian county. Up the #193, then across the river and up into the aboriginal villages of Lunshan and Lishan. Nice little school they've got right at the back of Lishan, back down by the river. Possibly one of the best-located 國小 in the country.

Tue: southern loop ex-Yuli, down along the mountains in and out of more tiny villages: Zhuole, Changliang etc. Then across to Puli, and deliciously lost in the rice fields going back north, in the valley and trying to stay off the #9. One dry riverbed crossing, and 3 sorties across paddy fields later, forced back onto the #9 at Dongli. Covered in a million grass seeds. Then found Old Dongli Station (now the start of the Yufu Bike Path), and took that back to Yuli past the abandoned Antong Station.

Crappy air, but dry and still good to be out down in the Rift valley.
It's raining again here.

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Re: How was your ride today?

Postby keroliver » 13 Oct 2015, 21:40

To celebrate his 13th birthday, my son asked us (daddy and mommy) to accompany him for a tour of Taichung.
So.... Friday 9th was ... Taichung harbor up to Guguan with mommy...
Saturday 10th was lovely ... Guguan downhill straight to Tsaotun with me.
And Sunday 11th... riding alone back home with North wind in his face!
He made it. Just turned 13 and rode 110 K in just 3 days easy easy...
I will keep an eye on this thread and maybe let him join some of your rides.
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Re: How was your ride today?

Postby ranlee » 14 Oct 2015, 10:17

A great thread to revive Nuit.

The cycling group did about 110-120km this past Sunday in Taipei/New Taipei/Keelung (Jilong). We started in Song Shan and headed up to Wu Zhi Shan Peak and had coffee at Star City. We got very lucky and the roads were starting to dry so we got patches of wet and some patches of dry on our way up. Even luckier was the peak was not foggy and we got a good view at the top.

We crossed over to Feng Gui Cui and descended into Wan Li from there. We met some other cyclists on TT bikes on the way and they quickly lost us. About 5km out from Jinshan, some of our party members were starting to lose their legs and get hungry. Luckily, we had already planned a pit stop at a breakfast shop in Jinshan. There's hundreds if not thousands of breakfast shops in Taipei, but from what I've seen and tried, nothing beats the Mai Wei Deng麥味登 shop in Jinshan. If you're curious, it's at the corner of Ren'ai and Zhongxiao 1st Road.

After about an hours worth of rest and refilling our bottles, we headed towards Xiao You Keng via Yang Jing Road. Along the way, we bumped into a teammate of ours stopping to put on his wind jacket. Both parties were happy to have some extra company. He was happy to have company, he said he probably would've stopped multiple times due to boredom if he didn't have someone to chat with. The hour long climb brought us into 15C and windy temperatures at the peak. We had a visitor from out of town and his first time up into Yang Ming Shan, so after some rest at the saddle, we rode into Xiao You Keng visitor center to do some touristy things. This is also where I finally found that computer!

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To save some dignity and strength, we opted not to take the steep hill up towards Leng Shui Keng and descend towards the National Palace Museum. Instead, we took Yang De Blvd down into Shilin and took the riverside path home.

All in all, it was a cold and breezy morning when I left home at around 6:45AM. After a 20 minute warm-up. I was glad I didn't wear that extra base layer, but could've used it at the peak of Wu Zhi Shan and Xiao You Keng. Glad the weather is cooling down so we are able to do long rides without having to worry about heat! Not too happy that the bike needed a very very thorough cleaning of the mud that accumulated on it, very tough when all you want to do after a 100km+ ride is...nothing.
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Re: How was your ride today?

Postby Jurriaan » 14 Oct 2015, 10:37

Ranley, good write-up, but perhaps make the picture a bit smaller ;)

EDIT --> And I see you updated your post ;)
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Re: How was your ride today?

Postby ranlee » 14 Oct 2015, 11:00

Jurriaan wrote:Ranley, good write-up, but perhaps make the picture a bit smaller ;)

EDIT --> And I see you updated your post ;)


IMGUR used to have an option to adjust the image size AFTER upload, but they for some reason decided to get rid of that. So I had to resize the picture before uploading. Whyyyy!

Thanks, I left out the nitty gritty details of what happened during lunch. Hehe.
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