Photos by Huichen. Videos by MJ Klein.
After my visit to the factory warehouse the day before, I was ready to do some riding, now that the trike has been reworked by the factory. After seeking out and finding a series of bike trails in southern Hsinchu, I was anxious to finally get a chance to do some riding on them.
Hui-chen and I went to a point that we had found on a recon mission to locate the bike trail the week before. I began my ride from this point.
Here I am just entering the main trail now.
This is a shot of the small path that I took leading up to the main trail.
And this is the main part of the trail, facing south.
A closeup of the bridge to the south.
This is the trail facing north. I rode in this direction because the wind was blowing from the north.
I learned a long time ago to ride into the wind when starting off, so you don”t have to fight it to get back home later.
Hui-chen walked up that ramp, turned around and snapped this photo.
There are quite a few beautiful bridges in this area of the trail.
This lobster thing, riding a bike, is the symbol for the bike trail.
I wanted to find the beginning of this trail. Eventually it ran along the coast and down to a road in the area of the Hsinchu Fish Market. I rode to within a few streets of the beginning of the trail, then turned around. I shot video using my GoPro Helmet Cam on the way back, riding with the wind. Look for the videos at the end of this article. By the way, my new 26 tooth chainring worked wonders for climbing up inclines.
Hui-chen walked a few KM along the bike trail taking photographs. I’m going to present them here. As always you can click on any photo and visit the page at Flickr.com and view the large size.
At one point, the trail becomes this fake wood slatting. Not my favorite surface and a maintenance nightmare, this was in pretty good condition, surprisingly.
The views from the bike trail, especially of the ocean, are spectacular!
I like bridges on bike trails. It’s an interesting experience to ride under one of these suspension systems in the open cockpit of a trike or bicycle.
Here I am on my return trip. Notice the helmet cam. I often wear street clothes because I don’t need to protect any delicate tissues with padding on the trike. So I can wear regular shorts and a t-shirt if I want to.
I stopped to say hello to Hui-chen for a few minutes and then was on my way back to the car. The wind was just too much today. I rode 7 grueling KM in a very strong headwind that was ripping by at high speed. My face felt windburned.
This is a nice shot of one of the rainbow bridges.
At various points along the trail, there are side areas where you may park your bike and enjoy the grounds. The trail system was well thought out and is well maintained.
Here are 3 videos to give you an idea what it’s like to ride the 7KM leg that I did. The audio is muted because it’s nothing but wind noise anyway!
Thanks for reading! We’ll be riding that trail again soon and showing you some new places we didn’t get to ride yet. Please leave us your comments and recommendations below.