Old-style bike hash this Saturday (March 30) in Tai Po. No marked trail. 35km ride with hydration stops.
We’ll reprise an old trail in honour of the coming east of bike hash stalwart Go West.
Location: Tai Po bike shops behind the Bobby London
Time: Meet 2pm for a 2.30pm start
The ride is a flat but far from dull affair. Starting and finishing in Tai Po, it’s an easy 30-something kilometre jaunt by concrete path, nullah road and dirt track through some of the choicest parts of the wacky north. Highlights include fthe berms of Long Valley, Sheung Yue River, Experimental Farm and Target Valley.
Meet at the Tai Po bike shops behind the Bobby London at 2pm to hire a bike (map below) or bring your own. We’re aiming for a 2.30pm start and a daylight finish. Drivers can park in the gravel car park at the end of Tung Cheung Street, while Tai Po MTR railway station is just an eight-minute walk away.
HIRING A BIKE
The charge is in the region of $60. Check out any bike carefully before hiring, particularly the brakes and gears. Is the bike the right size? You should be able to comfortably stand on your tiptoes when seated. Is the saddle comfortable? It may sound obvious, but don’t take a new bike that hasn’t been adjusted. One rider (me) did this once and the pedal came off halfway through the ride. We’ll be away from main roads and taxi rescue points much of the time.
As usual, there will be the odd refuelling stop along the way, but bring your own fluid replenishment. A peaked cap helps protect against both rain and strong sunshine, while sunglasses can keep insects and grit out of the eyes. Also, three hours in the saddle can take its toll on the posterior; we advise the wearing of padded bike shorts.