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Taichung Bike Week 2012

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Taichung Bike Week is getting more important each year. My last visit was in 2010 having skipped 2011. Taipei Cycle has been more important, up until now at least.  My visit to Bike Week this year has made me realize that for a small brand such as mine, it is very handy indeed. The problem […]

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The Last Crit – Does Age Really Matter? Not When the Cycling’s HOT

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Enough already. The third crit for the year. Dear National Cycling Club Association, we are OVER it…them…criterium racing…for this year anyways. Sorry for shouting but we–well, maybe it’s just me–are more than satisfied with this year’s quota of flat circular racing. Tainan, Taichung, and finally Changhua. True, we were pumped, surrounded by the vibrant hum […]

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2012 Wuling Cup – One High Mountain Test of (Cycling) Truth

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The silence of the mountains is unique. As a kid I grew up by the ocean, on the ocean. The ocean is restless, noisy, like a schizoid dog. Not so the mountain.  A bit like a cat, it sits, broods, and judges. Unlike a cat, though, it is a formidable beast. I have an ambivalent […]

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Facing the Great Mountain – A Training Ride to 3275m to Prepare for the Wuling Cup

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Everyone looks forward to this 55km and 2800m of elevation climb in central Taiwan. This is because they’ve largely forgotten how they felt at the finish the last time they did it The average gradient of around 6% sounds ok. But the numerous 12-15% sections along with the altitude soon take their toll. For many […]

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Principles of Good Bicycle Design: 2012 TAIPEI CYCLE d&i Awards Jury Discussion

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This is a video of a discussion held by the five jury members who selected the winning entries to this year’s inaugural competition. It’s 23min long, so a summary of key points is provided below. The judges’ details are listed at the end of this post. From 207 entries, 74 winners were chosen in the […]

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Over six thousand feet of climbing, 30% grades: standard crank and 11-25 cassette?? Surely not!

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Around 700 cyclists, mainly on road bikes, headed off around a classically scenic 77km  route through the hills out the back of Taipei on Sunday. The weather was perfect, the sun was out and, in combination with the climbs, dished out liberal dollops of punishment left, right, and center. There were four climbs to deal […]

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