If you are interested in 24 hour endurance rides on the peninsula and have an interest in visiting the East Coast, this is the ride for you. In 24 hours, on the flawless paved Highway 7 (ASIAN HIGHWAY dubbed in South Korea), you can launch from Sokcho or Gangneung and ride the coast all the way to Busan, Gyeongsannam-do. It's my favorite all-time ride in South Korea.
4 Rivers Bike Path (South Korea) route completed in 2011.
This is a must-do-bucket-list for Expats and Koreans Cycling in Korea.
You can find more information here, photo stories from others who have completed their journeys.
Korea Cycling Trip - Seoul to Busan - 2012 // 서울 - 부산 자전거 여행 - 대한민국 2012 from Chris Ambridge on Vimeo.
I love taking overnight camping trip by mountain bike.
New Lynskey M240S post-expedition Mongolia. New weinmann 26" wheels, Schwalbe Marathon tires
Cycles prohibited (alternate route is parallel, the Old Highway 7!)
- Free tourist maps of all areas of Korea, and locally in Gangneung, Gangwon-do, or complete maps of South Korea are available at the tourist information center at the northwest corner of Gyeongpo Lake Park, there is a bicycle/walking path circumnavigating the entire lake with expansion work being completed in the fall 2012.
- Carry bicycle headlights, use 700 or 400 lumens for visibility. Cygolite Expilion models are A+
- Use a bicycle carrier rack on MTB (mountain bikes). Attach flat-pannier racks to the front forks.
- Use Kevlar-protected tires like the Schwalbe Marathon 26x1.5-2.0 sizes for ordinary MTBs.
- Carry a bicycle lock, or two. Consider purchasing a bicycle motion alarm, priceless for parking/overnight in saunas. You should bring bikes inside for safety.
- Carry a sleeping bag, sleeping mat, tent for overnight camping on Micro Adventures.
- Sleep at public saunas (Jim-jil-bangs), cheap hotels or rooms in houses (Min-baks).
- Use your imagination, pack some raisins, extra water (3-6 liters), and cash/CC.
- Travel in South Korea is safe, but watch for traffic when crossing through cities and towns. Lock your bike, remove your seat, lock wheels to prevent theft!
- Rural Korea has 99.9% paved roads between villages and rice patties, take the road less traveled
- Enjoy free camping while adventure cycling in Korea. Ride with a helmet, cycling gloves, a reflective vest too! Camping is free in rural areas, locals will not bother.
- Take showers at Jim-Jil-Bangs (Public sauna/guesthouses in Korean towns and cities, average 7-10,000 per night, you can sleep there for 24 hours and they also provide your clothing.
- Use a GPS and follow the 4 Rivers Bike Path from Seoul to Busan (Mapmyrides.com)
- More route ideas: Seoul-Seoraksan National Park (2-3 days via Chuncheon (stay at Jimjilbang-public sauna, or hotel), start at the Han River and ride East!)
- WEST COAST TOURING SOUTH KOREA: Incheon-Songdo-Oido-Daebudo (land bridge) ride the island, stay at a Pension. Day two ride Daebudo and continue south to Suwon (stay in a Jimjilbang-public sauna). Day three ride from Suwon to Pyeongtaek, Cheonan (Sauna or continue West) to Daecheon Beach (Home of the Boryeong Mud Festival), Stay at Minbak or Pension. Day four, continue south from Daecheon Beach towards Mokpo, you can ride through to Byeongsanbando National Park on Day 5, or continue to Mokpo on Day 6.