Explore the Countryside: Sunday Group Ride

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  • #39321
    LarryLarry
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    Beginning this month Natooke成都 will be organizing group bicycle rides through the countryside and surrounding areas of Chengdu on the first Sunday of each month.  Our goal is to welcome riders of all levels and share some of the nicer riding routes we have found that are easily accessible from city center.

    This month, Sunday April 6th, we will be heading southeast from the city center through the eastern part of Shuangliu county for a 45km loop starting and finishing at Natooke成都.  We will meander through country roads heading to Xinxing Zhen (新兴镇) where we will stop for a bite to eat before heading back to the shop around 2pm.

    Anyone interested in participating should arrive at Natooke成都 by 9:30am and we will set out by 10am.  The event is free and should take 3.5-4 hours.  We recommend each person or group has an inner tune repair kit/pump among them in the event of a puncture.

    Natooke成都: Xiaotian East Street 3-26; 小天东街3号附26号

    Rental bicycles are available!!

    #39328
    kalekale
    Participant

    good line, what`s the average speed?

    #39336
    CallumCallum
    Participant

    I’ll definitely be up for this. Noticing a pattern in these pictures – Will we require a helmet?

    #39339
    Mr. KlinkMr. Klink
    Participant

    I’ll definitely be up for this. Noticing a pattern in these pictures – Will we require a helmet?

    Helmets, gloves, etc. are not required but highly recommended.  Safety first!

    Again, we’ve published the route and will be riding along, however each rider is individually responsible.  We’ll try to help as much as possible but we will do as little hand-holding as possible.

    The group will move at a comfortable speed.  Nothing that the novice cyclist can’t handle.  Be sure to eat and hydrate properly.  Bring some pocket cash for food or drink along the way.

    And if you can’t continue or choose not to go on with the ride you’re welcome to split off, just don’t expect us to ride you back.  So be familiar with the route, where we’ve ridden and if you don’t have a photographic memory a map is quite handy.

    #39347
    Chris ZiichChris Ziich
    Moderator

    How’re the hills on this route?

    Is that Jacob in the middle of rape?

    #39350
    kalekale
    Participant

    No, it`s flat i think

    i was ride to 黄龙溪 once

    #39353
    Mr. KlinkMr. Klink
    Participant

    How’re the hills on this route? Is that Jacob in the middle of rape?

    It’s for the most part flat.  In the country side there are a few hills, but no long or strenuous climbs.

    And yes, that’s me taking a leak in the rapeseed.

    #39359
    RayRay
    Participant

    Cool article. I will be taking orders on my handmade bikes shortly 🙂
    http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/04/americas-rebel-band-of-custom-bike-builders/360058/

    #39361
    Al the Dead
    Participant

    This post made me sorry i bought a scooter 🙂

    #39365
    Mr. KlinkMr. Klink
    Participant

    Cool article. I will be taking orders on my handmade bikes shortly :) http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/04/americas-rebel-band-of-custom-bike-builders/360058/

    Speaking of hand built bikes, we just found our way into an American mountain biking magazine regarding our building bamboo bikes.  Here some screenshots:

    Looks up Switchback mountain bike on google and you can get access to a free digital copy if you’re interested in a read!

    #39366
    LarryLarry
    Participant

    This post made me sorry i bought a scooter :)

    To be honest, we are sorry you bought a scooter too.

    #39367
    LarryLarry
    Participant

    A link to the Switchback article.

    #39397
    kalekale
    Participant

    hi guys, how`s trip?

    #39398
    Mr. KlinkMr. Klink
    Participant

    hi guys, how`s trip?

    Great!  Thanks to everyone who made it out.

    A few photos from the ride…

    #39399
    Michael M
    Participant

    This ride was great. Beautiful weather and good exercise. Hope this becomes a regular event.

    #39400
    CallumCallum
    Participant

    #39401
    CallumCallum
    Participant

    My favourite picture from the trip. (May or may not be upside down.)

    #39759
    PeggyPeggy
    Participant

    Last month the first Sunday countryside ride organized by Natooke成都 was a great success.  So here comes the May version.

    Saturday May 3rd, we will be heading west from the city center for a 55km loop starting and finishing at Natooke成都.  We will meander through some of suburbs to the west of Chenggu, briefly ride atop a short green-way heading towards Wenjiang (温江), passing through and enormous, nearly vacant “Intangible Cultural Heritage Exhibibition Center”.  Somewhere along the way we will stop for a bite to eat before heading back to the shop around 3pm.

    Anyone interested in participating should arrive at Natooke成都 by 9:30am and we will set out by 10am.  The event is free and should take about 4 hours or so.  We recommend each person or group has an inner tune repair kit/pump among them in the event of a puncture.

    Natooke成都: Xiaotian East Street 3-26; 小天东街3号附26号

    Rental bicycles are available!!

    #40102
    PeggyPeggy
    Participant

    It’s back!  This Sunday.  Arrive at Natooke at 9:30.  We leave at 10:00 a.m. sharp!

    Expect about 45 kilometers.  Most of the roads are smooth and well-paved but we’ll be taking a detour through 十陵森林公园 on the East side of town.  Roads there might get a little bumpy!

    There’s a nice lake and field (check out the photos!) where we’ll stop for a picnic.  So bring a little something to eat and something to sip on.  We’ll then head back and try to wrap up around 1:30.

    Again, we advise you bring the necessary tools and a pump to do repairs or patch a flat on the fly.  Safety equipment — helmets, gloves, and the like — always recommended.

    Don’t have a bike?  Book one of our rentals in advance!

    Smooth trails!

    #40198
    PeggyPeggy
    Participant

    Here are some photos from yesterday’s trip to Shiling Forest Park.  The weather was great and the air not too bad.  We went out in full force with Jacob manning our new banana boat, complete with everyone’s stuff and a PB&J picnic lunch.

     

    The next ride will be Sunday, June 1st (Dragon Boat Festival holiday) and we’ll explore the scenic Shuangliu Greenway.

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