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Bicycle touring Taiwan in search of the perfect wave

Rian Cope and Dylan Brayshaw bicycle touring in Taiwan for Cycle Traveller

Two bicycle-touring surfers, Dylan Brayshaw and Rian Cope, hit the streets of Taiwan, boards in tow, cruising the coast in search of the perfect wave. It's their second such adventure since successfully documenting the first television series of eat.sleep.surt in Indonesia. But while Taiwan offers up a piece of bicycle-touring pleasure, and plenty of stunning mountain scenery, will it serve up the surf? They've got 30 days to find out...

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The bike path in France cycle tourists should avoid

The Canal Lateral in the South of France is a good option for cyclists.

Our ride today follows the Canal Lateral and then the Canal du Midi – an 83km stretch between the towns of Grisolles and Avigninet-Lauragais in the south of France. The canals separate when we reach Toulouse where, as usual, we manage to find ourselves lost in a big city. We find our way through eventually, so no harm done, although it is frustrating. Cycle touring rule number one: you will get lost!

Toulouse is way too big to see in one day on a bike so we don't see much; perhaps another time.

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Cycling South Korea on the Four Rivers bike trail

Autumn along the 4Rivers bike path in South Korea. Photo: Jorga Creighton, Jambi Jambi

There’s a bike path running the length of South Korea and hardly anyone knows about it. Cycling from Busan to Seoul along a route that traces two rivers was 600 of the easiest, most relaxing kilometres we’ve ever ridden. The bike path network is called the 4Rivers and is part of a massive infrastructure project the government finished in 2011, which cost around US$17 billion. Most of that money went to building dams, but an incredible amount must also have been spent on the bike path and its facilities: there are toilets nearly every 5km, drinking water, free campgrounds, bike maintenance areas, snack and wifi stops about every 20km, and a passport stamping system which earns you a gold medal if you complete an entire path. All of that and there’s hardly a tourist to be seen.

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Crossing the Alps by bicycle feels like this

The town of Burgeis, Italy, before cycling into Austria over the Alps. Photo: Elizabeth Cage

I arrive in Burgeis – a place where cows live in town. It seems dairy farmers lead their cows to paddocks on the outskirts of town during the day, bring them for milking in town, then shed them beneath their houses. The tourist information office has closed for the day. I ring the bells at a couple of hotels without response. So I hop on line on my phone, find Hotel Maraias on a hotel booking app and secure a room for the night. I arrive at reception at the same time as my booking.

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How one dog and a trike have changed a life

Alice wants to say thanks to Assistant Dogs Australia for giving her Kooper. Cycle Traveller

For some people, a recumbent tricycle and a dog can make more of a difference to one's quality of life than most of us could ever imagine. Freedom, mobility and independence combined with confidence, security and friendship – it's an enriching combination that has inspired Alice Verall to lead by example and help others.

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You'll never go hungry cycling through this country

Stopped alongside a truck in Iran. Cycle Traveller. Source: Arctic Cycler

We arrive in Qaem Shahr as exhausted oily grease spots. The road through the mountains leading up to the high pass is never flat; climbing, then falling, and then climbing again. All this was done in the bright sun. Then descending towards the Caspian Sea, the weather changes – it becomes colder and starts to rain.

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Island hopping: Scotland's wild Outer Hebrides by bike

Cycling across the causeway at the Sound of Harris in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland.

Under threatening skies, I stow my bike, somewhat precariously, on the car deck of the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry in Oban, on the Scottish west coast. It's taken nearly forty hours to get to this seaside town from Australia and it will be longer still before I reach the Isle of Barra in the Outer Hebrides.

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Artist knits Scotland from the seat of a Brompton

Textile artist Janet Renouf-Miller's brompton and yarn in Scotland. Cycle Traveller

Artist Janet Renouf-Miller has set off on a bike trip of a different kind: throughout July and August she'll be knitting a unique glimpse of Scottish life: the roadside objects found while cycling the country. The respected 57-year-old textile artist will be “meandering” on her 13-year-old Brompton across Scotland on the 'Knit 1 Bike 1' project, knitting the things seen from the seat of her bicycle along the way.

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Cycling Taiwan: why it is a bicycle touring paradise

Heike Pirngruber bicycle touring in Taiwan. Cycle Traveller

Taiwan has been working hard to cement its name as a popular bicycle touring destination, luring cyclists with its towering mountains, quiet beaches and scenic roads. What's more, the locals are keen cyclists themselves, making it a haven for those who like to get about on two wheels. So what's it like to ride and where should you go?

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Explore more: biking from the UK to Australia

Aaron Austin-Glen bicycle touring in India. Cycle Traveller

When Aaron Austin-Glen pedalled out of London bound for Australia in July 2014, he set out to see the world in a different light – to explore more – not only for himself, but to record and share his experiences with his friends and family. The 34-year-old from Brisbane wanted to see the world the slow way, by bike, and spend time in the places he visited, interviewing the locals along the way for a series of short documentary films.


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