My experience in Lisbon may differ from the other places I've cycled - in Israel I could have rented a bike in Tel Aviv no problem. There were numerous automated bike rental stands along the 5 mile boadwalk near our hotel. I declined since my wife doesn't cycle and she would think it rude of me to pedal off into the Mediterranean sunset without her. Besides, we were heading to Jerusalem in a couple of days and renting a bike there would be no problem.
|Bike rentals galore in Tel Aviv
|Imagine riding on the same stones that Jesus walked
Taiwan presented two opportunities for cycling. I took the subway in Taipei to the end of the line near the South China Sea where an old codger gave me a nice GIANT based soley on the name of the hotel we occupied in the city.
|Near the South China Sea
Also while in Taiwan, I ducked out of a guided tour and was able to rent a bike for four hours for only $1.50. I commenced to pedal along a paved path beside a gentle river but when the path turned to gravel and then the gravel path became an overgrown, skinny rut, it was time to head back to the security of the tour group.
|I wanted to go here and here and....
|A fowl time was had by all
While rambling in a swishy retail area, a gaggle of cyclists passed us ringing their bike bells and shouting slogans and when I realized it was the last Friday of the month, (this had to be Wein's Critical Mass), it made me nostalgic for being in my home city and riding with my countrymen (and women) across the High Level Bridge and cascading down the funkiest part of our prairie city then to lift our bikes over our heads in a victorious gesture at the end of the ride.