Posts Tagged 'Anthem'

2011 Giant MTB Line

Giant Anthem 29er

This year, Giant will release an Anthem X 29er. It’s been seen around for a bit of time, but it’s a good move for Giant MTBs. In order to make the 29er behave like a 26-inch they changed the head angle up to 71.5°. The bottom bracket is kept low and the chainstays are short. It will be compatible with 2×10 and 3×10 transmissions. The clearance of the tires is up to 2.3in.

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My Dream Stable of Bikes

I’m not one for wishful thinking and indulging into folly, but I thought that it would be interesting to make a list of the bikes that I want to have in my stable. What’s important with this list is that it’s not an unlimited budget, get whatever you want type of thing. It’s more a plan of action of the types of bikes that I’d like to have and own.

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Post-Crash Bike Service

After my crash last Sunday, which required a trip in an ambulance and the hospital, I didn’t notice much as I was out cold, I thought that my bike was fine. I was given 3 different pills to swallow for a day or so, so I didn’t take my bike out yesterday. I still went to work and had a 12 hour day, subbing at the end of my long shift for two hours in Sanchong because I had time.

I had fun grossing the wife out with my wounds. It also worked well on my Kindergarten kids. I came home in all of these bandages, which hurt like hell when I took them off the next day. I wanted the wounds to be in the air so that they would heal faster. A day later and I can say that progress has been made. I’ve had to wear shorts so that my pants don’t rub on my knees. My wounds look better and I was feeling OK today, good enough to try and take the bike out.

I took it out at around 7PM. I noticed quickly that something was wrong. The front wheel was hobbling and the rear derailleur was shifting without being asked to. A quick drop into my favorite Giant shop and my service was started and finished for free, even though my bike wasn’t purchased in Taiwan or at their shop, I guess they feel responsible to repair it, as it is a Giant Anthem. It turns out that one of the spokes of the front wheel was popped out. The rear derailleur needed adjustment and the rear disc brake wheel needed to be straigntened.

I spent some time explaining my accident and oogling the road bikes. There is one bike that I like, but I know I won’t get it. The frame is made out of titanium and I firmly believe in carbon fiber for road bikes. Still, I’d like to have a second road bike frame, once I get a TCR Advanced SL 0 in order to mount my spare parts.

It took a few minutes and  I was set. No fees charged.

When I arrived home, I spent time examining the SRAM XO shifters. I realized that they can shift down multiple gears at a time when fully compressed. I hadn’t realized it until now, it had never been an issue. I tend to touch shift, so I never went all the way. From my tests, it seems like the rear derailleur can downshift three gears at a time. That’s cool!

Bike Service

Topeak Mini 18+

Topeak Mini 18+

Today, I wanted to go out for a ride, but they typhoon weather had other ideas. That’s not really an excuse, but there is really nothing that you can do when it’s pouring heavily. I kind of get what it means to have a bike. Mechanical faults will happen and it’s best to have it serviced as often as possible.

What I really like in Taiwan, is that you don’t pay for service, you only pay for parts. Today, I put my new Topeak Mini 18+ to work by changing tires. I had a pair of Ritchey Tom Slick Comp 1s that were just itching to be put on my bike. Since I don’t plan on doing any trails anytime soon, I thought that this would be a good idea, for now at least.

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34 Km Bike Ride Banciao Yonghe Xindian Taipei

Yesterday, I didn’t train. I almost went out for a run, but in the end, I didn’t. Today, I had planned on at least doubling or tripling my usual route. At first, I thought of simply doing laps, though that didn’t seem very efficient. There are these nifty on ramps to get out of the riverside parks that can be used to train for climbing.

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12 km Bike Ride Xiandian River

When I got back from work, I went by my neighborhood Giant bicycle shop. I wanted to get a new helmet. The one I have is old and cheap. I wanted to get a new one. The one that I liked was a Cratoni Ceron and list price was $191. Final price was $150, but I decided to get something else instead. After having ridden this week without proper gear, I decided to get some crotch reinforced pants for Pearl Izumi and a Scott racing jersey. I took my time trying out the gear, as they came in Japanese sizes instead of NA ones.

I had a long talk with the wife of the owner. She’s quite nice and it fell into my goal of interacting more with the locals. It was quite pleasant. I enlisted her help to find my pump, which I had bought last week, but mysteriously, the store had closed before I could pick it up. She knew the owner of the store and has since then arranged for me to pick it up later at her store.

I almost didn’t go out for a ride, but I started feeling guilty since I hadn’t gone out yesterday. I’m supposed to use biking as a cross training exercise. I have this lofty goal of riding 50 km a day and running 10 km each day.

The ride to the JhongJhen bridge was longer than expected. I was two minutes off my time as there was a nasty headwind. A few times, I thought about turning back, but I didn’t. I took a minute-long break at the pier and headed back. It was really cool. I was extremely fast and made up the two minutes that I lost easily on the way back. I was actually in the highest gear available and noticed a strange humming sound coming from the front wheel. It was either the knobby tires or the brakes that were acting up. I’ll have to bring it to the shop later this week.

All that’s left to get for now is a trip computer and some clip shoes. They didn’t have my size.

Giant TCR Advanced SL 0

Giant TCR Advanced SL 0

Giant TCR Advanced SL 0

I’ve just been by my trusty Giant store to get the lowdown on the most recent prices. Let me just mention that I really like the TCR Advanced SL 0. It’s got a great frame and comes decked out in SRAM Red. This is a sub-15lbs bike. It’s the top of the line road frame from Giant. The other models above this one come with Dura-Ace, and for some reason, I really like SRAM. I went around the shop asking prices for frames and bikes. You get the best deals if you get a full bike. You still get a discount on frames.

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