50 KM Bike Ride

After yesterday’s ride, I wanted to go out and do about 100 km, but I got started too late and didn’t want to exhaust myself as I plan on going out again tomorrow. Monday won’t be a  rest day. I felt pretty good and started to pace myself, even though I rode the first 25 km in 34:40.

The other thing which made me reconsider going for a longer ride was that I almost had two accidents. Well, one was only a spill, but I didn’t fall. I’m not used to the clip pedals, and didn’t get out of them quickly enough. I was about to keel over, when I steadied myself with my hands on the railing. To make things clearer, I was on the Siolang bridge going back down to the bike paths. There was traffic, enough traffic to cause bikes to stand still. It was very annoying. A few hundred meters later, some old dude on a fixed gear was swerving all over the place, looking like he would fall down. I had to break sharply and declip in order to avoid him. That was annoying too, but this was towards the end of the ride.

It was getting dark and I thought that it would be a bit too dangerous to go at the speeds I usually do on the bike paths, which were gorged with people. I wasn’t really tired after the ride and could have easily gone for another 20 or 40 km. I’ll do a longer ride tomorrow or the day after.

I complete my ride in 1:11:02, slightly slower than yesterday, but that was due to the amount of traffic. My average speed was 42.2 kph. I toyed with the idea of riding up to Danshui, but I am unfamiliar with the bike paths. I have a guide and it seems pretty straight forward to head there, but it would take some more planning.

I most definitely have to get a bike computer. I’m tied to Google Maps and it’s getting annoying. I need to be able to measure my effort, heartbeat, speed, distance and all the other indicators. I’m pretty sure I won’t get the Garmin Edge 705. I’ve seen it for about $365 here though. The thing is that I’d have to buy also a running watch, like a Garmin Forerunner 405. Instead, the Polar RS800cx Pro Team Edition does all of the above, and has a GPS sensor that can be bought so that it can also record your routes. The really neat thing is that you can just pop the GPS sensor onto your arm or into your pocket and then go for a run, a swim or just change bikes. You data still gets recorded. You don’t have to fit the sensors on your bike. Plus, it’s also a watch. Ever since I discovered Suunto, I’ve wanted one. The GPS versions are very expensive. However, like the Garmin Forerunner, they contain the GPS sensor.

Since I haven’t found compression tights or socks here yet, I just bandaged my legs last night and slept like that. It helped because today I wasn’t really feeling sore. Today, I spent $3 on some new bandages so that I can do my whole legs up nice and tight. When I was running last year, I used to do that after every run.

The ride felt good. I kind of like doing the same loop all of the time, for training, because I know it well. I know when the little hills are, when there can be a lot of wind, etc. Though I’d like to just go out and explore, I wouldn’t be able to go at my training speeds. I’d have to slow down, and that’s annoying.

As usual, I’ve been researching bikes a lot over the weekend. The Giant shop told me that they had an M sized Wilier Cento Uno at their warehouse. It’s a premium frame and it’s quite cheap. It’s about $2,400 with the fork. I’ll have to double check the price, but I’m fairly certain about what the store owner told me. I think that the reason why there is such a large price difference between this price and the US MSRP of about $4,200, is that these frames are made at the Mitsubishi factory in Taiwan. Unlike the Pinarello Prince and the Colnago EPS, which are made in Italy, this one is locally made, so cheaper. It’s the same price as the Giant TCR Advanced SL frameset. Before settling on the frame I’d buy, I’d like to try them out.

My plan is to get a premium frame and mount it with cheaper components. That way, I could upgrade over time without any problems and still use the frame for a bit. If I get a cheaper frame, like a Kuota Kharma, Kebel or a Orbea Onix, I’d have a cheaper frame and medium components (Campy Centaur, Shimano 105). That’s just going nowhere fast. What I mean is that the frames I mentioned aren’t bad, but if you plan ahead and think about upgrades, you’re stuck with those. For example, I’d take a cheap frame and SRAM Red. that would be interesting. Or a premium frame and Shimano 105. I’m also toying with the idea of buying the components through Yahoo!. I could get Dura Ace 7800 for $550, or something like that. That would just leave some odds and ends to get new.

So this would actually be my racing/main bike for now. I’ve seen some cheap Taiwanese frames, a Keith frame made out of scandium for $800, a titanium frame for $1,100 or Trigon carbon fiber frames. I haven’t even looked at the cheaper Giant frames, like the Defy Advanced. Unlike some people, I have no problem with cheaper Taiwanese frames. They do know their stuff here. Giant is the only bicycle company, as far as I know, who weaves their own carbon fiber. That’s pretty impressive.

weekly km count: 220
monthly km count: 560
yearly km count: 617
(started in June 09)


One response to “50 KM Bike Ride”

  1. Vincent Koch Avatar

    in the GPS sensor. And it comes with a very easy to use belt holder that clips on the GPS sensor making it easy to carry. Ill has an array of safety features too.

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