3rd May 2016, we departed Chengdu around 8 am, pedalling through the chaos of Chengdu's city traffic, gently riding towards to the foothills of Western Sichuan. First 63 km was fairly flat asphalt road, easy to ride. Then followed by a series of slopes and rolling roads. After 105 km of riding, we arrived at Yingxiu.
This episode, to honor my steed and the start of our friendship, we named our Chengdu to Lhasa bamboo bike "BamAbu".
We put a 700x28cc tire on this bike mainly because it will be ridden mostly on asphalt road. The honey stripes design matches the natural look of the frame. Feedback from today's ride, Total weight of the bike is 10kg and it cruised at 65-70Km/h downhills. The bike was firm with no obvious instability unless the rider starts wagging it purposely from side to side, bamboo has really good shock absorption, giving it a little more suspension. Sprinting uphills was smooth and stable too with a firm bottom bracket joint and no major side to side movement. Compared to standard aluminium bicycles, BamAbu is 6kg lighter. Tackling slope was relatively easy due to the light weight of the bike.
In all, it is a good day to warm up! With 400m elevation gain in 100Km, we are ready for more elevation tomorrow.