We ride our single speed bikes as high into the mountains as possible. With each pedal stroke, we leave our problems behind as we are greeted with the most excruciating pain, a wanting to give up. Once we reach the top, calmness sinks in and the mind and heart is set at peace. It’s not until the descent that we realize what we have lost as we rapidly head back into reality.
This video is dedicated to my friend Xiao Yu who recently passed away in a horrific accident (non-bike related). He was too young and had not even lived life yet. He was a bike messenger with the company Prodorapid before moving on to Skunk Messenger. He had a love for riding bikes and was one of the first people in Taiwan to push me as a rider. We will miss you. Rest in peace.
Recycled cycling tube tissue case.
SKUNK Hualien to Tainan Day 3 (Taitung to Kenting)
Rob was at the most beautiful place in Taiwan.
There is a huge fixed gear scene within Taipei City. Whether it be mashing through the streets or ascending the nearby mountains there are lots of roads out there for one to discover. There tends to be a distinction between city riders and those who ride in the mountains, so I decided to make a video showing that both types of riders are “hardcore” in their own ways.
The video consists of some footage from the Breakyrbones alleycat race and some rides in the surrounding mountains outside of Taipei City.
He Yu Ze (何宇澤) of Skunk won King of Zhongshe! He Yu Ze has put so much effort into riding and has become a phenomenal rider. We are all so happy that he won because you can tell by watching the video how passionate he is about riding.
A little bit about Zhongshe
Zhongshe is a mountain that is right outside of Taipei city. Everyday many cyclist go to Zhongshe because of its great location and its considered one of the first mountains everyone must learn how to ride. After the fixed gear craze began, nabiis began hosting a weekly climb to get people more interested in difficult rides. Over time, the mountain became a symbol to cyclists. In order to progress as a cyclist, you must conquer Zhongshe. However, conquering Zhongshe does not mean just riding to the top and back because anyone can do that. What one must do is challenge themselves to get better at riding the mountain every time they go there.