Taipei housewife bike

I just thought I’ll share something  amusing about a recent trip we made to Taiwan with my family over Christmas.

On one of the days touring Taipei & surroundings, we planned to visit Fisherman Wharf, and the best way there is by MRT to Tamsui Station.  This is fairly simple because, Taipei has an impressive network of trains & buses for a city of 2.7 million inhabitants.

Anyway, to cut a long story short on arrival at Tamsui Station, the first two hings you notice when you exit the station are, U Bike and Starbucks.  We decided to go for a Starbucks as I badly needed a coffee, and someone told me the you have to visit Starbucks in Taiwan, I don’t even go to Starbucks in Bangkok, but being a silly tourist I went anyway.

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Bad, bad, Brompton :)

I’ve been meaning to up date my site, but been terribly busy, plus getting laid off from a company I have worked for 30 years 🙁

As you may recall from my earlier post how much I hated the Brompton after owning it for a week or so,  and then out of luck a guy I met a guy in the bike shop offloaded my agony….. even though I lost about 10,000 Baht (USD 313) on it.  But, the money I had left from the sale was enough to buy me a brand new Birdy MkIII 9 Speed, I felt I didn’t lose anything, I just gained a rather expensive Birdy, plus a bag, ….. just don’t tell my wife, please. Continue reading “Bad, bad, Brompton :)”

Bangkok two parks cycle path

This is an old favorite of mine, generally I hate cycling around in circles, but there’s not much option if you’ve only got an hour lunch break to spare.  Most of the time I would train / exercise in Lumpinee park at noon, cycling around in a 2.5 kilometer circle, it’s okay I guess as you don’t have to worry about cars and simply let your mind wonder as I complete 20 km before heading back to the office to work. Continue reading “Bangkok two parks cycle path”

Hello Birdy!

Okay so I have sinned, I bought another folding bike about a month after I sold the Brompton, this time I got myself a Reise Muller Birdy, sometimes called a R&M Birdy, but most of time simply known as Birdy.

I decided to get the 9 speed Birdy Gen3 (Generation), in other markets it is referred as Mk3 (Mark), in charcoal matt grey as I reckon the dull grey paint is easier to maintain, besides black bikes attract less attention from bike thieves. Though I was also considering the 24 speed version with SRAM internal 3 speed hub, it was a little pricier, but I think the deciding factor was the simplicity of a cassette & derailleur system verses an internal hub, especially when it comes to having to replace a tire or inner tube. Continue reading “Hello Birdy!”

A Brompton Copy

The day before I made a visit to the A Day Bike Fest 2017  at the Airport Link Makkasan station,  and was pleasantly surprised to see the fair increased in size from previous years, there were more distributors and retailers selling accessories. Perhaps the downtrend of cycling caused the big boys to come out, hoping to create an uptick in demand by offering discounts. Continue reading “A Brompton Copy”

A Folding Bike Dilemma

I need a folding bike.  But why-oh-why, so many of my friends ask, why would you ride a collapsible small wheel bike?  Well there are very good reasons for that, first it’s so I can cycle to the subway station and from there take the bike, folded, on to the train, and secondly I’ve been exploring more and more is actually touring on a bike I can fold up.

The thing is, which bike?  As I also want the bike to be able to handle long journeys…. and this is where making a decision becomes bloody difficult. Continue reading “A Folding Bike Dilemma”