Friday, February 28, 2014

It's good to live close to the factory...

This newest run of cross frames were ready to ship in January, which meant that owners had to wait about 4 weeks for the frames to arrive.  However, a couple of new owners live in Taiwan and they got their frames before I even had a chance to see them.  Lucky.  Here's one from Jack who lives in Daliao in the southern part of Taiwan.  I'm sure the opportunities for dirt road riding in Taiwan are abundant as the eastern half of the island is dominated by an impressive mountain range with peaks in the 3,000+ meter range (286 mountain peaks over 3,000 meters with the highest being 3,952 meters).  And out of the cities, there is plenty of lowland country with criss-crossed roads - dirt and paved.  Perfect terrain for a cross bike.  

Jack built his bike with Sachs drivetrain, TRP brakes, and Kinlin/105 wheels.  Thanks Jack.  I hope you have many miles of fun riding on your new bike.







(What's playing:  Chris Hillman & Steve Earle High Fashion Queen)

3 comments:

Jie Ke said...

That's great! Have you spent time riding in Taiwan? Sounds like you have. The stories of nightmarish traffic are true for some locations, but the attitude of Taiwan folks toward bikers is tolerant and friendly. Mostly you get a friendly "jia you!", or a thumbs-up. Plus there are scooter lanes on the larger roads, so there's always a shoulder to retreat to.
I will be blogging my favorite rides at Zhao Ming Diary. The blog lost focus and has been "resting" for several years, but now I feel inspired to start it up again.

Ren said...

That scooter rack in the last shot is awesome.

bambam said...

I second the motion on awesome rack, if I had one like it i'b be riding critical mass in Orlando Florida tonight. weekend project coming up!