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  1. #1 Solo Ride to Shaoxing & Xitang (Mid-Autumn Festival 2010) 
    C-Moto Guru MotoKai's Avatar
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    During Mid-Autumn Festival I planned to ride to Jiuhuashan in southern Anhui, but due to weather predictions I called an audible on departure day and decided on a shorter ride down to Shaoxing and surrounding areas instead. After Shaoxing, I stopped in Xitang for the night and then headed back to Shanghai before the rains came. This marks my first solo-ride in China.

    Here is the Viddler video link of highlights from the ride:

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  2. #2 Re: Solo Ride to Shaoxing & Xitang (Mid-Autumn Festival 2010) 
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    Great video and music!

    The "Wonderful" cases look good, can we see a couple more pictures?

    Ridding solo this weekend myself and although it has benefits, sometimes nice having a partner along. Wish there were some other riders down here in the deep south.

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  3. #3 Re: Solo Ride to Shaoxing & Xitang (Mid-Autumn Festival 2010) 
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    Envy, envy, envy! Riding solo in China is priceless.

    Some really excellent images in there, Motokai.

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  4. #4 Re: Solo Ride to Shaoxing & Xitang (Mid-Autumn Festival 2010) 
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    Amazing, purple skies! I liked the little riverside town, or was it a canal?
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  5. #5 Re: Solo Ride to Shaoxing & Xitang (Mid-Autumn Festival 2010) 
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    Thanks guys. Still want to figure out why I get distortion when uploading the video to Viddler (particularly the large black pixels on the video segments).

    Jape - Shaoxing is an ancient canal city. Check out this link for more: http://vintageshaoxing.com/pages/en/...ons/canal.html

    euphonius is in CA now and hopes to be back in China and in the saddle again next month, so looking forward to some more rides together soon.

    As for the Wonderful boxes - thanks for your earlier postings on these ChinaV. I'm happy with them but still in search of a workable detachable system. For the racks, I contacted Jialing Chongqing and ordered the stock JH600 racks which didn't need any refitting or customization....the 3-piece set was RMB 700.

    For the box attachment system I am using the "hockey pucks" (courtesy of euphonius), but couldn't get them to attach firmly to the racks so they are secured on with bolts for now. Also, I went with the different sizes to offset for the muffler but I later found out it is not necessary with the JH600 configuration. I think after the October holiday ride, I'll swap-out the smaller right-side with the same size as left.

    Anyway, here are a couple of more photos showing the rack + boxes.
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  6. #6 Re: Solo Ride to Shaoxing & Xitang (Mid-Autumn Festival 2010) 
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    INSPIRING! =)

    Your bike with those boxes look like something out of a James Bond movie.
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    Great video! When it started I thought I was watching a Japanese animation. Nice use of photos mixed with short vid clips and suspensful music.

    How long did it take you to put it together?

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  8. #8 Re: Solo Ride to Shaoxing & Xitang (Mid-Autumn Festival 2010) 
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    Thanks for sharing, looks like a nice ride!

    What camera do you use to take all those nice shots?

    I was wondering when someone would put those boxes on the JH600, they make a lot of sense to me. Stronger and better looking than the Jialing ones, but cheaper and narrower than the franki ones. Seems like a good choice!
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  9. #9 Re: Solo Ride to Shaoxing & Xitang (Mid-Autumn Festival 2010) 
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    Agree with you on the Wandefu boxes (thanks again to ChinaV for the inspiration). I'm just back from a 5 day/1400km ride thru Anhui and Southwest Zhejiang and they are working out great. Before departing I installed a camera mount on the right box, but the vibration is way too high for any quality images - so I've forgone that and instead will look to a helmet cam or RAM mount.

    The camera I'm using is a Nikon P6000. I prefer "high-end compact" cameras because they are just easier to carry while often delivering similar quality photos of a SLR. Also at times I like to hang it around my neck while riding which makes for an easy goto for quick shots. Of course downside is it doesn't have the lens of a SLR and in general photo quality is typically lower. But on the latter, Nikon just released the P7000 which seems to deliver better imaging. http://www.dpreview.com/previews/nikonp7000/ (Price in Shanghai is about RMB 3800)

    For the video I used Windows Movie Maker which can be downloaded for free if you don't have it already installed. The compilation didn't take too long - about an 60mins which included transitions and tweaking the photo/video lengths to vibe with the music better.
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  10. #10 Re: Solo Ride to Shaoxing & Xitang (Mid-Autumn Festival 2010) 
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    Quote Originally Posted by MotoKai View Post
    I'm just back from a 5 day/1400km ride thru Anhui and Southwest Zhejiang
    And where are the pictures for that, sir?

    Camera wise, my ricoh gx100 just crapped its pants recently and seems irrecuperable, so i'm in the market for a replacement. Portability, image quality and manual control are paramount. The P7000 looks like a good one, but for that price you can have an entry level micro 4/3, which are making so much noise. Then there's the Panasonic LX3 which seems so good and is now pretty cheap. What to do...
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