Sunday, August 29, 2010

Time Trial/Team Time Trial

There is a race coming up on October 3rd in Yunlin. There is an individual time trial as well as a team time trial. More information can be found on this website. If you need help with translation or signing up, my contact info is listed below.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Yang Jin Race (Taipei County)

There is a race coming up on September 11th in Taipei County. It is 56 km long and it ends on a hill. The info, in pdf form, can be found here (Chinese). If you need help signing up, my contact info is at the bottom of the page.

Taidong Race

There is a race coming up on September 5th in Taidong. It is a qualification for the Tour of Taiwan, though I understand that the points are only applicable to Taiwanese citizens. The info is here (Chinese).

Saturday, August 14, 2010

As Seen in Taiwan

Near Bikemosa HQ I stumbled across this Flinstone style wood bike.

I have never seen anyone riding this trike; probably because the wheel needs to be repaired.

No, I don't know why there is a wooden deer beside the trike.

The bike and trike are parked outside of a covered wooden cage which houses many more animals (as can be sort of seen in the background). Someone had arranged some of the animals in the cage in a non family-friendly fashion.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Progress Continues

At the new freeride, eventually including dirt jumps, place to ride in Taichung, Doc has been working on stunts.

At first glance this seems like a normal trail but wait!

On closer examination (impossible at high speeds) it appears to be a jump.

Perhaps a rather large jump.

Better have speed and send it. Just be sure you don't hit the overhanging tree or the tree on the right of the landing. It is difficult for ambulances to get in and the hospital is far away.

These photos don't do it justice. It is about 3 meters across and it steps down about 3 meters as well.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Tianmu Race

There is a road race coming up on August 28th. There are two categories: citizen and elite. There is a 200 person max, so sign up soon! More info can be found on this site.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Chain Oil

In Taiwan during the summer it is usually hot and humid, punctuated by typhoons and thunderstorms. I have to admit that I am a fair weather rider. Rainy days are rest days. Since I never ride in the rain I thought it made sense to get a dry type chain oil. It means less mess. The problem is that all the dry lube I have used comes off after about 60 km. This means I ride with a dry chain. Even if the chain is drowned in lube, it still doesn't last the length of a ride. This is a problem because a dry chain is under a lot of stress and it will break, which is what ended up happening.


Don't buy dry lube if you are going to be riding longer than 50 km, don't like applying lube every time you ride or ride in a place that has humidity.

Do get multi-condition lube.