The Airnimal Chameleon Ultra is supposed to be the ultimate folder. Granted, it has 24″ wheels and comes with Dura-Ace components, but spending $4,300 on a folder? With a wee bit more money spent, you could bet a Trek Madone 6.9 Pro Red! Well, that’s actually $2K more, but you get the idea. That Madone is one sexy bike in Astana team colors. Giant makes the MR4F that looks comparable to the Chameleon, but it has some Shimano entry group set. It’s not the same caliber bike, but it only costs a few hundred dollars.
On another note, I love bikes, but I can’t really see myself in a recumbent bike. I think that the goal of bike performance is to keep the weight down. Recumbent bikes are just too heavy in my opinon. Also, they are unwieldy. You can’t really compare if you have a 15lbs carbon fiber road bike vs a larger, heavier recumbent bike. Anyway, I’m sure that recumbents are fine for some people. They just aren’t for me.
And it’s like I never left. I go to the same places for breakfast and lunch. My dog gets his walks and my wife tells me that it’s like I never left. Taiwan is a place of contrasts, of loves and hates. I enjoyed my first long ride on our scooter, Old Nancy, which, despite having remained completely stationary for 9 months, is up and working again after having a short check-up at our local scooter place.
This time around, I’ve decided to try and interact/integrate myself as much as possible with Taiwan. It’s not even been a week, and I already got invited to a dinner with some locals. I’m using some of the people I know in our neighborhood to show me around, to find the places to run errands. I don’t really want to drive into Taipei each day.
Old Nancy… She’s old, but I still managed to rack up 10,000NTD worth of speeding fines. That’s only about $300, but that’s a lot in Taiwan. The year before, it was 7,800NTD. This time, I managed to get all of these fines in a very short amount of time. 2 months I believe.
It’s started raining earnestly. I was about to head out for a bike ride, but decided against it when I saw the weather forecast. I had a nice 13.5 km ride mapped out. I hope that it won’t be raining tomorrow morning. I can then head out. I wonder why I didn’t do this before. I could also run that. It’s not that long and I think after two weeks, I can probably swing that distance easily.
For some reason, you can get almost $3,000 off the Trek Madone 6.9 Pro Red. Usual MSRP for this bike is $9,129. I don’t really know why this is, but this puts the Trek top of the line model in a different light. Second hand, a bike like that would normally fetch around $6,000. This means that the prices will have to come down for used models as well. If I’d have the money, I’d buy a new model right away.
The Madone 6.9 Pro Red is the top of the line model. If you leave out the Red part of the name, you’ll end up with Dura Ace components, which are a bit more expensive than SRAM Red. There are a lot of deals on different Trek bikes if you look through the ad.