You may be surprised that I have not ridden any YouBike before despite that I have been to Taipei a number of times. The main reason is that I don’t have Easycard nor local phone number. For security reason, I also don’t want to use my credit card for one-time bike rental as well.
After visiting Aduan Bakery, I planned to go back to the hotel on the MRT Wenhu Line. I may return to the Muzha MRT Station on the reverse route but I finally got onto the Muzha Riverside Park to enjoy some fresh air. While eating my Focaccia, a number of riders passed by. Oops, I wanted to ride as well.
On approaching the Muzha MRT Station, I came across the YouBike Kiosk.
Given my relatively long stay in Taiwan, I have got my Easycard and a mobile data SIM with some talk time at the Taoyuan Airport this time. As all the pre-requisites were met, why not registered as a YouBike member.
往後的日子，哈哈 … 🤣🤣
Probably I can ride as necessary … 🤣🤣
In fact, I had also considered my health condition after the cardiac surgery. Since my recovery progress is excellent and my physical condition is roughly the same as before, it won’t hurt if I ride in a relax mode. 💪
This is the YouBike that I have chosen. It weighted slightly over 17 Kg which more than double of all the road bikes that I have. To my surprise, the ride was really good.
If you are looking for speed, then try to pedal it hard.
The YouBikes are properly maintained as well, far better than those dockless sharing bicycles like ofo.
Close examination revealed that YouBike is actually coming from the Momentum series of city/lifestyle bikes available from Giant.
Ok, let me ride back to the hotel in Ximending.
Bicycle Trails in Taipei are well designed and built with all the necessary amenities in place, including road signs. Today’s route started from Muzha MRT Station along the Jingmei River Right Bank and passed through the following Riverside Parks:
- Fuhe Riverside Park
- Guting Riverside Park
- Zhong Zheng Riverside Park
- Machangding Memorial Park
- Huazhong Riverside Park
- Shuangyuan Riverside Park
Huajiangyanya Natural Park
Along part of the Tamsui Bicycle Trail and then back to the hotel in Ximending. Overall distance is slightly over 20 Kilometers and should be fine as a relaxing cycling exercise.
It took me around an hour to get close to Ximen. Given that it is still in mid-afternoon and the wonderful riding experience I had, I planned to continue my journey to Tamsui instead.
I felt a little bit hungry after 20 Kilometers’ ride and finally decided to take my late lunch at the Pier 5 Dadaocheng Dock Plaza.
Before buying my cup of coffee, followed the instruction as shown on the front basket and lock the YouBike using the provided anti-theft kit.
Relaxed and had a seat. Enjoyed my cup of Cappuccino and Blueberry Bread from Aduan Bakery.
The remaining route is roughly the same as the one I had back in November 2017. Getting across Keelung River via the ZhouMei Bridge then moved along the Guandu Riverside Bicycle Trail and the Tamsui Right Side Bicycle Trail.
Let’s have a comparison between my looks over the ZhouMei Bridge.
Not so smart, right? But more relaxing. Which one you like?
Quickly I arrived at the Guandu Wetland. Same place but with beautiful sunset this time.
My original plan is to ride to Tamsui Riverside Park to enjoy the market and the street entertainments. However, with so many renovation works in place, I found it hard to ride along and decided to stop my ride after a ‘check-in’ at one of the tourist spots.
今天的終點 – 微笑單車捷運淡水站，未知是否聖誕將至，公園內佈滿燦爛的燈飾。
Destination of today’s ride – YouBike MRT Tamsui Station. Decorated with beautiful festival lights and not sure if it is related to Christmas.
After returning the bike, I walked to Tamsui MRT Station and catched the MRT back to the hotel.
The station was extremely busy with lot of people hurrying home. There are also students having street dance in the open area of the station. Enjoy a short clip on this.
Below is today’s ride with total distance around 40 Kilometers. As I didn’t feel tired, probably I’m fully recovered.
I also included the 3-D summary compiled with Relive. You can take a look at the Riverside Park and Bicycle Trails in Taipei where I have only covered a small portion of it today. If you have time, you may challenge this over 100 Kilometers ride by connecting all the Bicycle Trails together. Let me set this as my next target!
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