5 response to "RIDES # 21 – 23: 01 – 03 FEBRUARY 2019"

  1. By: Scooter Posted: February 20, 2019

    Very nice. I especially like the photo on the pier, and knowing you can take your bike on the ferry for $.25. At that rate they can’t even be covering the cost of gas. They should issue you oars when you board.

    So are 7-11’s as ubiquitous and bike friendly there as they are in Taiwan?

    • By: Alchemyrider Posted: February 21, 2019

      Thank you.

      Gas is between USD0.49 and USD0.56 a litre, depending upon the grade. We tried doing the math to see if this ferry makes money. Assuming ten trips per hour with five passengers per trip there probably is some profit in it. The ferry man won’t be holidaying on the Costa del Sol though.

      7-Elevens are not on every corner here like they are in Taiwan. But there are a lot of them. They don’t offer the range of services that the Taiwanses stores provide but they meet the food and drink needs of us cyclists. And we’ve never had a problem leaning our bikes against the glass walls.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: February 22, 2019

    I see no problem whatever with a Credit Card tour — looks like a great time.
    The blue sky and warm temperatures look especially inviting right now!!

  3. By: The Navigator Posted: February 25, 2019

    Looks like an excellent tour with lots of nice riding and nice food! The ferry seems a bit quaint given all of the modern architecture you’ve shown us on other trips. It’s unfortunate about the heat and wind, but looks like you worked around the heat and dealt with the wind as well as possible. How do you like the Apidura front roll? How much can you get in there? Does it affect your steering much? I’m exploring various possibilities for my new mountain bike that I pick up in June.

    • By: Alchemyrider Posted: February 26, 2019

      Hi Em. I have only used the Apidura Handlebar Pack a couple of times. I have the 9-litre version. It also comes in a 14-litre size.

      I don’t use the Handlebar Pack because I can get everything I need for one or two-night trips into a 14-litre Apidura Saddle Pack.

      The Handlebar Pack didn’t affect my steering. I think the trick is to pack heavy items in the centre of the pack so that the weight is as close as possible to the point of rotation of the bars.

      My only issue was that with a heavier load the Handlebar Pack pressed on my brake cables which ran underneath the pack. That squeezed the front brake caliper shut so I had to open up the caliper to stop the front wheel brake rub. This might not be a problem for you depending on how the brake cables are routed on your new mountain bike.

      A new bike. How exciting.

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