MTB in in its infancy in Taiwan. Roel's mate told me there are only 300 mountain bikers in the whole country. That's why it's not very convenient to ride anywhere yet I reckon. At least bikes haven't been banned from anywhere yet though I don't think. Last time I went back to the UK I was horrified to see the two biggest areas of moorland where I used to ride are now off limits for bikes.
Re: the race last week. That was the muddiest me and my bike have ever been. The muddiest race I've ever seen. Totally cakes from head to toe, despite makeshift mudguards front and rear. Absolute mudbath it was.
Pommes King took home the win in a bizarre twist of events. After the first run, Chiang Sheng Shan posted a 1:24, jaame was in second with a 1:36, and Pommes King recorded a 1:38 with no front brake.
In the second run, Chiang Sheng Shan posted a 1:22, jaame went backwards with a 1:40, and Pommes King put down a 1:35.
So second and third for us foreigners, but on the podium Chiang Sheng Shan elected to not collect his prize for some reason, perhaps because he deemed it unfair to make us compete with someone as talented as him, and we were duly elevated.
Pommed King 1st, Jaame 2nd. Not a bad day's work. Real timing too, using chips like the etag they stick on your headlight lens for the freeway tolls. Of the 80 people entered, only 40 turned up because of the weather. It was hellish but at least it didn't actually rain for the most part.
I think I'm ready for my first big bike. The plan is, sell my Konig with all the old parts in my parts bin - all the standard equipment off the STP. I'll try to get 40k for it complete. I saw one last year for 42k and Johnny is selling his for 55k. Then get a second hand Devinci Wilson frame from Pinkbike which should be between 40 and 50k. Build it up with Spank wheels and SLX brakes and off we go...
Never really considered second hand before but it seems to make sense. I mean, as soon as you have a muddy day and the paint gets scratched it's second hand isn't it. I can't get my wife on board for a new one ever 2 years. If I only have to put 30k in to make the switch she won't be too bothered. What do you think about my second hand idea?