Alishan

Alishan, April 12 - 13, 2010. Click pic for album

Taroko to Kending

Taroko Gorge to Kending, Feb 14 - 19, 2010.

Northern Cross Island Highway

Northern Cross Island Highway, May 19 - 21, 2008. Click pic for album
16th July, 2009

A flat on the flats

And they enter the atmosphere and swoop down on both wheels and continue down to Xindian and on toward Xiaokeng (小坑) or whatever that little community along the Wulai River is called. Never seen a sign. A 40km ride in the blazing summer heat. We left at 7, and that is already a bit late. By 8.30-9 it was burning out there, and I mean that hot kind of heat that is really hot. Punka
D waiting for me to fix a flat before we reach Bitan
My annual bonus came down a week ago, and I decided to invest in a Garmin 705 Edge GPS bike computer. Tells you everything you want to know, and then some: speed, distance, cadense, heart rate, accumulated climb, altitude, slope gradient, data for a section of your choice based on distance or location, sunrise, sundown, and a host of other data that I have already forgotten. I thus know that the first slope on this route after the Bitan suspension bridge has a grade of 12%, and that the steep incline further down has a grade of 17%. 17%! That's tiring. I also know that I don't know how the frigging thing works. Came home after the ride and plugged it in to upload the data to the computer and look at all the data (I'm sure it's fun) and there was nothing there. How disappointing. I don't know which button I pressed wrong or what setting I screwed up. Punka
Fixing a flat
Facts: We did the same ride a month or so ago. Icall it the Small Xindian-Wulai loop for lack of a better name. It's about 40km from the intersection of Zhongxiao-Dunhua and back. It takes you toward Xindian laong the river park down to the Bitan suspension bridge, which you cross and than follow Xintan Rd (新潭路) to an easy-to-miss road split (see bad pic in above link). Going down brings you to the Xiaokeng community, going up along Xintan Rd which gets really, really steep toward the end. In Xiaokeng there's a decent Vietnamese restaurant for lunch. Then you either return the way you came or continue down to the Wulai Road and go back to Xindian that way and return to Taipei along the Xindian river park. Either way, it's a nice leisurely road, almost all on the flats with the exception of three short inclines, all walkable if it's too steep.
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2 comments to A flat on the flats

  • 17% – Yeah, that’s a hill!
    I like to find the long 8% to 10% rides –
    As for the Garmin – I took mine on the train for a practice run – and I took it for a walk too. Make sure you get a solid satellite connection. I am sure you will figure it out. You gotta use the Garmin Training Center – works fine on a Mac – but you have to tweak a couple things. To use Bikemap – I delete all the rides I have done in the Garmin Training Center and then export the most recent ride. Facebook me if you got any questions.

  • tbv

    I tried that, the walking part, but didn’t get a good GPS reading. I also thought it was because my Edge is all Chinese and the software I installed was English, so I installed the Chinese software, and it still didn’t work. I’ll do another walk this weekend, or a ride if the predicted typhoon doesn’t hit. Haven’t been to Baijigong yet.