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
5th April, 2010

New handlebars

A late start today. Rainy day prospects, but in the end (past noon) we got out there. Bought a new handle bar a few days ago to see if that would help me with my hand and shoulder problems, and I really wanted to try it out. I bought a Deda Newton shallow/compact handle bar, with 2cm shorter reach and a 2cm shorter drop. I also wanted to do a climb before we do the Alishan ride next Monday-Tuesday, and so we decided for the Fengguizui ride up Five Finger Mountain past the Palace Museum. fgz100405.jpg
A view of Taipei from Fengguizui today. A bit of a mist, maybe.
What a difference those two centimeters made! No hint of the shoulder and the right hand felt good too, so that was NT$2,700 well wpent. And I'm just getting hapopier and happier with the bike for every ride I do. It just feels faster than the old FCR, I get more power going uphill, and it responds pretty immediately. That of course has to do with the Aksium wheels, a pair of very good entry level wheels, but there's also the drop handle bars, the size of the frame, which is a 53cm rather than the 50cm of the old one, and the geometry, although I haven't read up on frame geometry so I don't really know what a degree more or less at the head tube is supposed to. In any case, the bike simply feels faster, and I like that.
Facts Here's the ride on Garmin Connect. It can be exported as a gpx, kml or tcx (Garmin) file from there. And here's a previous description.

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