FIX GEAR COAST OF TAIWAN

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ktyse
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FIX GEAR COAST OF TAIWAN

Postby ktyse » Tue Jan 08, 2013 9:27 pm

Hi,

I am planning a ride round the island of Taiwan in August (2013).

I have done most the way to sydney from melb and melb to adelaide last year so understand what is required for endurance fixed gear cycling. see viewtopic.php?f=28&t=34447&start=25

I understand road and conditions will be different in Taiwan. Has any cycled the coast at all ? What are the hills like on coast. 8)

Also anyone that does long rides fixed in melbourne are you keen to catch up for a ride. I can handle up to 150 km in one day max.

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Re: FIX GEAR COAST OF TAIWAN

Postby outnabike » Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:48 pm

Hi ktyse,
This site is run by an Aussie in Taiwan, and may be of use to you.
http://ozsoapbox.com/cycling/5-reasons- ... ment-86801
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Re: FIX GEAR COAST OF TAIWAN

Postby sogood » Wed Jan 09, 2013 12:24 am

The 80 years old Chairman and Founder of Giant bicycles did the loop with gears. He can do it, so can you on a fixed. He did have a Lexus luxury limo behind him though. ;)
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Re: FIX GEAR COAST OF TAIWAN

Postby ktyse » Thu Jun 20, 2013 10:17 am

Can I please request.

What would be the best seat for a fixie riding long distance in everyones opinion.

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Re: FIX GEAR COAST OF TAIWAN

Postby slidetaker » Thu Jun 20, 2013 1:27 pm

The one that you used to ride in the 150km trip.

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Re: FIX GEAR COAST OF TAIWAN

Postby le_quiet_uno » Thu Jun 20, 2013 7:50 pm

Got back from a 3-week stint wondering around Taiwan with the better half.

Majority of the West coast is relatively flat. However, it gets hillier when you head North, East and extremely hilly in the centre part of Taiwan.

I would recommend that rather riding a fixie, ride a bike with gears. As you might encounter something like this:

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1.2km vertical climb without a resting spot.

Also, the weather in Taiwan especially August is extremely humid. Take plenty of money and water as they have 7-11 in every corner.

Furthermore, look out for semis, trucks, cars, scooters, pedestrians and drunk drivers as not many people stick to road rules.

Other than that you will have a great time there!! :)
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