Category: Cycling

Biwaichi Cycling 琵琶湖單車遊

要到日本作深度單車旅遊,兩個入門級的行程就不得不提。第一個是連接廣島及四國今治的 島波海道 (Shimanami Kaido),另一個則是 滋賀縣的琵琶湖 (Lake Biwa)。

Tour de Taiwan 2015 隨想篇

2015年跟㨗安特旅行社的單車環臺尚有一件令我難忘的事。

Tour de Taiwan 2015 單車環臺 2015

臺灣單車環島這個念頭是在 2014 年中開始在心𥚃湧現,亦是我愛上公路車之後的一個夢想。

Things To Do In My Next Visit to Taiwan 下次到台灣應該做甚麼?

自今年二月初暫停外國人士入境,台灣政府會於明天(6月29日)開始放寬符合特定條件的人士入台,此階段主要是基於商務及依親的需要,相信旅遊入境稍後亦會恢復。 上次到台灣是今年一月中,轉眼間又差不多半年了,心裏有點癢,希望盡快可以再回去探朋友及遊灠。在家數月,閒來上網也留意到很多台灣相關的資訊,先來個整理,為稍後再到台灣作好準備。

Downgrade 降級

家中的單車訓練台已設置兩年多,主角之一是帶領我踏入公路單車的 Giant TCR SLR1 及一對高性能 Fulcrum Racing Zero 輪組。把這對 Racing Zero 屈就在訓練台上,總是覺得有點可惜。 最近終於決定為 SLR1 來過 "降級"。 I have my indoor bike training platform for more than two years. The focus of the setup is the Giant TCR SLR1 that led me to the world of road cycling, and the set of high performance Fulcrum Racing Zero wheel-system. Frankly speaking, there should be much better use of the Racing Zero rather than leaving it as part of the indoor training setup. Recently, I have made up my mind to "Downgrade" my SLR1.

BKOOL – A Subscription Based Virtual Cycling Platform

While social distancing is the way to go to minimise the spreading of COVID-19 among people, most of our daily activities are seriously affected. In particular, we have already stopped group riding for the past few weeks. Instead of going outdoor, virtual cycling becomes my next best thing to do.

Hua Shan Din by Cosmo Creation

Status Update • Flash Visit to Taipei 狀態更新 • 快閃台北

It's been quite a long time since I published my last blog post, 318 days to be exact. 2019 has been a busy and wonderful year to me where I have the chance to explore and learn so many things that I have never dreamt before. I am so lucky to have fully recovered, much ...

Another Virtual Cycling Beta – Road Grand Tours (RGT)

Back in early 2018 when I registered for the VirtuGO Beta testing, I had also requested for participation in another virtual cycling platform testing - The Road Grand Tours (RGT) Closed Beta programme.

微笑單車 YouBike

微笑單車的初邂逅 First Encounter of YouBike

去過台北好幾次,但從來也未騎過微笑單車(YouBike)。主要原因是我沒有悠遊卡和台灣當地的電話號碼,無法作會員登記。另一方面,基於保安理由,我又不想使用信用卡作單次租車。 You may be surprised that I have not ridden any YouBike before despite that I have been to Taipei a number of times. The main reason is that I don't have Easycard nor local phone number. For security reason, I also don't want to use my credit card for one-time bike rental as well.

Running Wahoo ELEMNT in Route / Sim Mode

Fixing the Wahoo ELEMNT Route Mode Support?

Early this year, I have kick-started cycle training with my newly installed CycleOps Magnus smart trainer. One of the simplest and cost-effective setups that I had discussed was using the built-in Planned Workout feature of my Wahoo ELEMNT bike computer. At that time, I had observed that the "Route" mode of trainer control provided by the Wahoo ELEMNT was not functioning. The trainer resistance did not reflect the actual elevation profile of the loaded route. The case was reported to Wahoo and I finally received their reply in mid-July on fixing the error. Sounded great !

2019 Giant TCR Advanced 1-KOM

My Buddy’s New Road Bike

I went to FoTan yesterday with my cycling buddy to have the bike fitting for his new bike, a 2019 Giant TCR Advanced 1-KOM model preconfigured with the latest Shimano Ultegra R8000 Groupset.

Fully assembled Road Bikes - BMC

Bike Shops Tour in Osaka

Doing window shopping is one of my favourite activities when having overseas visits. In my latest Osaka / Biwako tour in end August, I had included optional visit to some of the bike shops in my plan. Right before the day I returned to Hong Kong, I have spared some time to visit these shops.

Capturing Video during Cycling Tour

How I Take Video During Cycling Tour

When I'm on cycling tour, making video summary is one of my mandatory works.  How I capture those video? Let's take a look at how and what gadgets I used in taking video clips.

Climbing up to Tatara Bridge

Shimanami Kaido – Wonderful Ride with Trace of Regrets

Today's journey started at the Tatara Shimanami Park in Omishima. Major reasons are availability of bus service from Imabari and the Rent-a-cycle Terminal. Moreover, it is close to Setoda Sunset Beach where we would have our lunch. The only downside is that we have to ride the Tatara Bridge twice just like what we had for the Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge in yesterday's ride. It took around one hour to arrive at the Omishima BS. Quickly we picked up our bikes at the Rent-a-cycle Terminal and started our ride towards the Tatara Bridge.

Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge

Shimanami Kaido – Goodbye to Noru

When I looked out from the hotel window early in the morning, I just couldn't believe what I had seen. Blue sky, bright sunny day and flock of seagulls. That's completely different from what we had the day before! Weather report stated that typhoon Noru had moved across Honshu, the main island of Japan, towards the Sea of Japan. What an excellent forecast work by JMA (Japan Meteorological Agency)! To allow more time for the ride, we planned to take the 9am local bus to Innoshima/Setoda.

Noru crashed on a breakwater in Aki, Kochi Prefecture. Photo courtesy of Reuter.

Shimanami Kaido – When planned trip turned into an unplanned one

Woke up in the morning after having a good sleep, my wife and I were busy checking the weather report on TV and from the Internet. It was mentioned that typhoon Noru was moving over Shikoku and towards the main island of Japan during the day. Due to the slow pace of Noru that might result in extended periods of heavy rain, evacuation advisories in Shikoku and warning for river flooding, landslides, strong winds and high waves in other affected areas had been issued. 

Shimanami Kaido Cycling

Shimanami Kaido – My Family Challenge

During my Chinese New Year holidays in Hiroshima in early 2017, we had an one-day trip in the city of Onomichi. Fascinated by one of the top cycling courses in the world, Shimanami Kaido, my family and I had an ad-hoc short ride from Onomichi, crossing Mukaishima (向島) and arrived in Innoshima (因島) via the famous Innoshima Bridge (因島大橋). The scenery along the cycling course was stunning. The cycling infrastructure was great and convenient to the cyclists. Together with the friendly drivers we met along the way, Shimanami Kaido gave us a wonderful cycling experience. By the time we arrived at the Innoshima Ohashi Memorial Park, it was already two o'clock in the afternoon. As we had to catch our train back to Hiroshima by the evening, we had no other choice but to head back to the Onomichi station. On the return trip, my boy asked if we could come back again and ride along the Shimanami Kaido from Onomichi to Imabari. Why not! I said. Living up to my promise, I had gathered all the information on Shimanami Kaido, working out the itinerary and making all the necessary reservations. During my boy's summer holidays in 2017, we sat out to conquer the Shimanami Kaido.

VirtuGO Beta

A Glimpse of the VirtuGO Beta

After months of waiting, I finally received the welcome email on the VirtuGO Beta Testing Program in early April 2018. For those not aware of VirtuGO, it is a virtual training platform that has been opened for beta during the Tour Down Under 2018. Given this software platform is still in its development cycle, issues encountered during trial are inevitable.

Sam Mun Tsai

Hong Kong Cycling Routes Collection – FoTan to Sam Mun Tsai

Last Sunday's weather was not very stable. A hot sunny day but with occasional thunderstorm moving across the region as advised by the Hong Kong Observatory. Instead of taking a long endurance journey, the group opted to ride on a short relaxing trip to the old fishing village, Sam Mun Tsai.

How to Keep Kit

Cycling for Fitness

When looking for ways to get ride of one's fats and reclaim the once slim body figure, people usually consider having some vigorous exercise like running, swimming, going to gym plus taking up one of those energy conscious diets. In fact, fat burning does not necessary required vigorous exercise. Cycling for longer distance at a suitable intensity can also help to get the same result.