Date registered: December 3, 2010
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Mika has ridden to Panzhihua so shoot him an email. Been to XiChang but not riding, there must be trails in the area but could take a lot of time trying to find them. Also finishing work on a trail near LongQuan that would be perfect for a XC/AM bike like your Anthem, shoot me an email if you want to check it out.
Hey LaoWai Life, no worries. Understand being annoyed at times with people interested in talking about what they ride more than actually riding. Anyhow no hard feelings just wanted to clarify. Also sounds like you may ride a bit yourself. If you're interested contact Mika or myself (email@example.com). We don't only ride downhill bikes, also pedal out to trails quite often. And you don't need a 8,000usd bike, I sure don't have one!
@Livin The LaoWai Life. I don't want to start an internet forum battle but as Mika (not Mike) is a good friend of mine I feel I need to correct your comments. His quotes on the prices are very accurate. I think Mika was saying his Santa Cruz V10 Carbon is about 8,000usd and the Trek Session 88 is about 7,000usd which is not at all exaggerated. A new V10 Carbon completely built is in the 7,000's (before tax) from Santa Cruz. If you custom build it almost always costs more and Mika did just that with top end stuff (Hope, Saint, Fox, Cane Creek, Mavic etc.). So if you add up the retail price of that stuff and tax you are looking at about 8,000usd. As for the Trek the same thing applies, it's custom built as well, which Mika says in the article. A complete Session 88 from Trek is about 6,300usd so a custom build would put it at about 7,000usd. As for the other "outrageous" things that were claimed, I'm not quite sure what they are?
Hey man, I think I may have gone out to that park before last year but it was a rainy day and things were really overgrown (Spring or Summer). Would like to head back out there and see if it is the same place and see what you found. Shoot me a message about your availability. My schedule is fairly open. Also LongQuan trails are about as good as they get right now, grass is dead and super dry and loose :)
Yeah that place out by Sichuan Normal was awesome. Came back from home this summer rolled out there and it was all gone! That's where those pictures of Mika are taken actually.
There is a "bike park" down near American Gardens, right next to GuoFan LeYuan 国防乐园. It is part of this "American Extreme Sports Park". Sounds like they are going to start trying to charge 100rmb per time and turn half of it into a go-kart track though. I know a guy who was working out there and he told me to just poach it after he quit his job which was a couple weeks ago.
That's my depth of mtb knowledge.
Yeah Colin is preaching the truf, Longquan is about it near Chengdu. Thinking of heading out there this weekend if anyone wants to go. Also do you still have the number for that 100rmb shuttle? Cheaper than what I get from my usual driver.
It's definitely possible to connect your Chinese bank account to your PayPal. It's the same process as a foreign bank account. You will need all of your Chinese bank account info, this includes the account number as well as the bank routing number. After you create your PayPal account (make sure your name for the PayPal account and your bank account are the same otherwise they cannot be linked) go to your "profile", on the left there should be a "my money" button, click that. On the next page you should see "bank accounts", click this and begin set up. It is pretty self-explanatory, what PayPal does is after you enter your information they deposit two small amounts into your account and send you a verification email. You will go to the verification page and enter the amount of these two deposits. Your account is now "verified". After this you will need to transfer money from your bank account to PayPal before you can buy anything.
To add money go to the top of your PayPal page and click "my account" and then "add money". Select the bank transfer option. PayPal will walk you through this.
It's a pretty easy process and PayPal has a lot of support just remember this can all take upwards of a week so if you want to buy something plan ahead. Hope this helps.
@ Andy Yes would definitely but up for some rides. I actually went over and took a look at John's bike so don't worry about hijacking the thread. Would be good to start one like this about rides. Anyway the guys at Natooke got a sweet shop set up so any future repairs should go their way. Also rode with them last week, so if you are looking for group rides on Tue/Wed head their way (might as well swing by and talk to them anyway and check out their nice shop) and if I get time I will join too.