Hong Kong: Many people have asked me about the equipment I will use to propel me from the left to the right coast. While I considered a fancy slingshot to get me across the US, I have opted for a more conventional set-up.
And setting up in Hong Kong has been quite an adventure, largely because the Flying Ball bike shop which I patronize is located in an industrial area in Kowloon. It’s an alien area to me, and requires a 40 minute drive and a maze of highways and streets to get to the best bike shop in town. This past weekend I schlepped twice to Flying Ball, and finally have all the requisite hardware and clothing including plenty of redundancy in my gear.
So this is what I’m riding with:-
Bike: Cannondale Synapse with Carbon Frame. This is a light, high performance bike that has been modified for more comfort than a typical racing bike.
Components: Mostly Shimano Ultegro
Computer: Cateye altimeter + odometer
Bag: I just installed a Cannondale handlebar bag for my camera and other stuff. While it’s not sexy, it’s very very practical. I’m glad I will be able to cycle with my good SLR camera.
Accessories: Four water bottles (good hydration is essential), front and rear lights and an air pump.
Protective clothing: Helmet by Giro. Oakley photocromic sunglasses (love ’em). Gaerne racing shoes. Wind and rain clothing by Cannondale.
Post ride, I have compression pants, which are supposed to facilitate muscle recovery. Many people swear by them, but in my experience these pants usually just constrict the quality of my sleep, rather than my leg muscles.