Uhmmmm….if you try to rid your bike on Mt. Nam, you’ll get run over. Where are they supposed to be riding? And those plastic surgery victims aren’t riding, they are pushing their bikes. Lazy Koreans again.
@2 I ride up Namsan 3-4 times a week. I have never been run over. There is typically plenty of room even with the buses full of lazy people.
If you are going to be cynical at least be factual (notice I did not correct you on the plastic surgery part).
When is Korea going to wise up about helmets? People think they are safe just because they are on a river path. I have seen some serious head injuries out there. I actually find it safer to ride off road in the mountains where the only errors that could happen are my own. Wise up folks…plastic surgery is expensive, don’t ruin your doctor’s hard work by not wearing a helmet.
BBBBBBBELL….so, riding on the side of the road with no bike lane and dodging buses….is that fun? And as a biker, I know there are no dirt trails on namsan…you cant even find trails to run on there. It is a pretty crappy mountain.
There are plenty of other mountains, with many trails. It always depends on where you are, and where you want to ride. I rode from Wonju to Gwangju just a few weeks ago. Great 24 hour ride, not much traffic. We just followed old Hwy 19…
And yes! For whatever diety you pray to, or none at all, wear your freaking helmet! Rode from Yongmun back to Uijeongbu a couple years ago, saw a guy with no helmet clip one of those steel poles used to keep cars out of the bike path. Hit the ground hard, KTFO. Big dent in his head, blood from nose, ears and mouth. Fortunately for him, my group had two firefighters, and a few minutes later a doctor just happened to ride past. We got him stabilized, and an ambulance came to take him to the hospital. No idea how that turned out, but when you dent your skull, it ain’t ever good.
Fancy a bit of rock and tree with your morning ride, do you governor?
As everyone on this forum knows, I make my KRWs as a fortune teller “down by the river”. My prediction is that one of you guys on those bikes is going to break a collarbone after some nice ajummas dream walks in front of your route. I recommend you do not break; it’s you or them, son.
And as a biker, I know there are no dirt trails on namsan…you cant even find trails to run on there. It is a pretty crappy mountain.
I don’t know if it’s suitable for biking or if biking is even allowed on it, but there is at least one dirt trail on Namsan. It’s about a kilometer long, on the southern slope, and well away from the crowds. There may be one or two other dirt trails, but again, I don’t know if they are suitable for biking.
I wish Seoul would develop a master plan for bikes that would allow it as a commuter option. They have completely remade the road infrastructure for faster bus service, but now bikes need to be included more consistently throughout the city. Frankly, though, Honolulu is no better (and may be worse in some areas). Pundang seems more suitable, a bit more like Orange County.