70 KM Night Bike Ride

I didn’t manage to go on a ride yesterday. I felt a bit too knackered to ride. Since I wasn’t working today, I took the opportunity to catch up on some sleep and go out on a bike ride. I had some errands to run in Taipei, so I only went out at about 6:30PM.

As soon as I got onto the bike path, a NE wind of about 30kph hit me. I wasn’t looking forward to riding on this side of the river. The treacherous thing is that the river winds around a bit, so that on the other side, you still had the wind in your face.

It was annoying, but a good training exercise. I managed to ride the first 25 km in 34:58. That’s an average speed of 42.86 kph. The first 50 km was completed in 1:05. Average speed of 46.15 kph. Once again, the second 25 km was faster because I was warmed up. I completed my ride in 1:41:24. I decided to stop at 70 km because I was getting aggravated and swearing at the leisure bikers who weren’t very careful. I almost hit some teenagers who decided out of nowhere to turn left across my lane. They were in the opposing lane.

The ride felt pretty good. On the Taipei side, I was really going fast. I must have hit 50 kph in certain sections. If there had been no wind, I would have broken my PR.

Tomorrow, I’ll ride during the day and do a long ride of at least 100 km. When I get tired during my night rides, I tend to be careful. I cut my rides short because I sense that I might slip and make a mistake. It’s easy to do so in the dark. During the day, it’s easier to train. I’ve slipped into night training, even though I don’t really like it that much.

As for bikes, I’ve spotted a used ’08 Kuota Kredo frame that’s very affordable as well as an ’08 Kuota Kom. Both are within my price range and I’ll investigate them further next week. New Kuota Koms cost about $2,400 here. I’ve avoided going to the bike shop to think hard about the Wilier. The owner needs to cut his price by a lot if he wants to sell it and I’m unsure that he will. As a trade-off, I’ve looked into used carbon fiber frames. Both frames are in my size, but in different cities, so I’ll need to find a shop to inspect them before I buy them. I’d probably buy the Kom first since it comes with a fork, headset, handlebars and a stem. All the important bits are carbon fiber. That leaves components and wheels to buy, which is a pretty neat deal for me. Both the Kom and the Kredo together cost less than the Wilier frame by itself. That’s hard to ignore for someone hunting for a deal.

Still, I’d like to get the Wilier. I’ve got a feeling that it would suit me well, but I can’t deny the fact that the used Kom is a great deal.

weekly km count: 190
monthly km count: 920
yearly km count: 977
(started in June 09)

Author: range

I'm mathematician/IT strategist/blogger from Canada living in Taipei.

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