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 January, 2010

New bikes

Now there are no more excuses for not getting on the bike. After five months of no biking, we went and bought new bicycles this week. We almost got new ones in August, but Tim said the 2010 model of the one I was looking at would be sharper still. So we waited. And forgot. Then Tim called a week or so ago, and Monday we went to look at the bikes. We just couldn’t resist. We bought one each, then and there.

My bike

It’s a German brand, Centurion. The frames are made by Merida to Centurion’s design, and it comes with the 2010 Ultegra component group and Mavic Aksium wheels, at the cost of NT$46,000 (US$1450) for my bike, the Hyperdrive 4200 and NT$48,000 for D’s, the Eve Road 4300. Those are great prices. If you were to buy the Ultegra group and the wheels indivdually, that alone would be well over NT$40,000, at 32,000 for Ultegra and over 10,000 for the wheels.
We just picked them up, and will not have time to try them out properly until next week some time due to a Hong Kong trip. The only biking we’ve done on them this far is the ride back home from Tim’s shop, but that felt good. The wheels are entrance level wheels at Mavic, but they still felt much smoother and with more “roll” in them than what we had on our Giant bikes. And the responsiveness and exactness of the gear shift is so much better.

D’s bike

So, we’ll be back on the road next week, hopefully, and then we have at least three, and hopefullt six day-ride lined up for the Lunar New Year. Can’t wait.

1 comment to New bikes

  • Looks good. I’m also going to be shopping for bikes, but it takes a while for them to get in. The Velocite bikes will take another month and a half and the Pinarello will only come in May.