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
28th January, 2010

First ride

We finally found the time to try out our new bikes yesterday. A short ride up to the Taipei municipal cemetery at Fudekeng and back again, 20km in all, to try out the position on the bike and make any necessary adjustments to saddle position, handle bar position and the angle of the brifters, ie, the distance from the brifters into the handlebar. It was such a comfortable ride to begin with, but now that the adjustments are made, it’s as if you could fly. The next step will be to change pedals and start wearing the bike shoes I bought together with the bike, but I want to get used to the bike before I do that. I haven’t had drop handle bars on a bike for 25 years, and I don’t want to fall because I forget of unclick my feet.
Ultegra shifts gears so smoothly that you hardly feel it, and the wheels, although they are entry level, are so much smoother than what he got with our off-the-shelf OCR and FCR Giant bikes. It feels as if there’s no friction at all, so that no energy is lost in the wheels. Of course there is, but compared to what we had before, this is an amazing difference. The bike just keeps on rolling and rolling and rolling… All we need now is a couple of longer rides before New Year’s, and then we’ll be ready for a fairly leisurely six day-ride from Taroko Gorge down to Kending.

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