Warning: This post is going to be photo-heavy.
I posted a couple HK related blogs earlier, do check ‘em out.
— How I “lightpacked” the Brompton for this trip.
— Day 1, Ride 1: To Disneyland! On Bikes!
The second part of our Hong Kong ride started right after I checked my stuff at the Panda Hotel. Val made the decision to start our ride midway from the intended starting point as it was later than he expected. We hailed a cab in front of Panda and proceeded to stuff the back with bikes.
I reckon we could’ve stuffed all five at the boot but the driver had a bunch of his own things there as well. My bike had to sit inside with us. Crowded but I wasn’t complaining. At least I wasn’t cold.
We pedaled our bikes on the cement tile tessalations along the pavement at Castle Peak Road. This is both good and bad. Good because, well, we’re not on the road with fast cars — we can ride more leisurely and take in the sights. Bad because the tiles meant a bumpy ride. Within 4km, I think my seatpost slid down 2 inches before someone (was it Charlie? Eugene?) tightened the nut.
I can imagine how beautiful the views would be on a sunny day.
While the weather was lovely because it was NOT hot, there’s something to be said about cycling in cold (at least for me) temperatures. It didn’t drizzle in the afternoon but the cold was bitingly sharp and the wind generated by riding a bike didn’t help one bit. Neither did the headwind! Half the time, I couldn’t feel my brakes even though I knew I moved my fingers. Breathing hard would dry out your throat and the dry air chafed.
Val said after we had our late lunch/early dinner, we’d be going to a couple bike shops within the area and I resolved to pick up full finger gloves to use for the next day so I wouldn’t lose my digits to frostbite. I exaggerate, of course.
We reached Sham Tseng and headed on to Yue Kee Roast Goose Restaurant as Val heralded it one of the best in town. I’m not a foodie by any chance but I like to eat good food — who doesn’t? It was still early so the restaurant was empty. The persons in charge let us keep our folded bikes next to our table inside the restaurant.
Half the time, this was how Charlie looked like. It doesn’t matter that he’s in another country — people will still buy lechon (whole spit-roasted pig) from him. If you’re in Manila, you should too. Lechon is delicious!!! Contact Sabroso Lechon here. Advert, haha!
We went down at Lai Chi Kok MTR Station, Exit B1 and headed down the busy streets to Flying Ball. Flying Ball is known in South East Asia for selling Brompton bicycles at really affordable prices. Seems like only Brompton products were a good deal in the shop. Also, photography not allowed.
Since there’s no Brompton distributor in Manila, the guys hoarded up on parts and accessories. Spare tires, new suspension blocks, spare tubes, Brooks products, etc etc.
Our last stop for the day was at Wing Fung Cycles, just a couple streets away from Flying Ball. They sell Moultons and Tyrell bikes. The shop was shiny and expensive, just like their pretty bikes.
And that’s the end of the riding for the first day! Here’s a map of our route below for this leg of the trip and do read up Kris’ recollection of that ride as well.
Once again, many thanks to Val for guiding us around town and taking nearly all of these photos.