Photos by MJ Klein & Hui-chen
After arriving back in Taiwan in the evening on Friday, we were welcomed Saturday morning by a glorious day! I’ve been waiting for fine bike-riding weather to return to Taiwan and I was ecstatic when Saturday turned out to be so perfect. We decided to take the trike down to the coast, to Yong An, for a nice ride.
I don’t yet have a car rack to transport the trike, so I just bungeed it to the car like this. I know what I need to get for a rack though, and I’ll be working on that in the next week.
We have 2 cars, and the “little car” as we call it, has a spoiler on the trunk. I used this to hold down the front of the trike.
Then I ran a bungee through the trike’s rear rack, and down inside the passenger compartment of the car, where the hooks are coupled together.
This is how it looks from the side. The trike rode from Hukou to Yong An and hardly even bounced. Notice that I have disconnected the seatback and folded it down to reduce drag. Other trike models that don’t have a fold-down seat would present a lot of drag when carried like this.
The reason that I wanted to ride at Yong An is that not only do I really like the area, Yong An is very bicycle friendly with lots of people out riding on nice days. While I went off riding down the seacoast road, Hui-chen took some photographs:
Taiwan’s coastline is rather rugged in some places, and Yong An is one of them. This is the second place that I’ve ridden along the coast.
Fishermen standing on concrete erosion barriers.
The Taiwan Straight is a busy commerical shipping corridor.
Since we were last in Yong An, it’s gained a lot of popularity, and as such has way more vendors than it used to.
Today the vendors were out in force.
And there were lots of people enjoying the outdoors, riding bicycles.
At intersections, it became that kind of organized chaos that we all love about Taiwan, with dozens of cyclists criss-crossing every which way.
The day was just perfect. Not too hot, with a nice sea breeze.
The circuit that I rode is 5.0 KM long, round trip. Going north there was a sea breeze pushing against me. The trike is so low that it has a definiate areodynamic advantage over an upright bicycle.
Now this is the way to get fit! The trike is so comfortable that it’s almost like you’re not exercising, but you’re getting one of the best cardio workouts going.
Recently I had installed a new headrest bracket. The weather was so lousy (and we were in Thailand for a week) so this was the first day I had ridden the trike since that install. I had to stop and make an adjustment to it because the bracket was rotated too far back (I carry tools with me). Once I fixed that minor issue, it was smooth sailing!
Here is a video I shot with my mobile phone:
On the way home to Hukou, we saw this brush fire. Someone was trying to clear a bit of land but it looks like things got a little out of hand!
All in all, it was a perfect day!
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