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Quieting Rollers/Racing in Shanghai(4 posts)

Quieting Rollers/Racing in Shanghaibikemike
Dec 30, 2002 1:24 AM
Hey all,

I'm moving to china next year and living in a college for a year. This causes major trouble for my cycling because for me, it's either get run over by a wayward lorry or hit the rollers for an entire year!

Problem is, rollers are noisy, especially in college rooms on the 2nd floor or higher! What's going to happen is that I'm probably gonna piss off somebody with the noise within a week and have to shelve the rollers for the rest of the time.

So, the big question is, does anyone know any tricks to make rollers quieter? I'm currently using tacx rollers with a track bike. I'm intending to take both with me next year.

Also does anyone know of any cycling clubs in Hangzhou or Shanghai? Some local knowledge might help me ride on the roads without becoming truck food!


A couple of ideas . . .Look381i
Dec 30, 2002 2:53 AM
If the construction of your dorm is older, it'll probably be poured concrete and ceramic tile or terrazzo, a better sound shield than American frame construction. In any case, a combination of rubber mat and carpet ought to help a lot for floor vibrations.

Shanghai has a lot of websites, incuding semi-official ones for visiors and prospective residents. Do a web search.
Re: Quieting Rollers/Racing in ShanghaiQubeley
Dec 30, 2002 8:16 AM
China has separate lane for bikes in many city. However, I've heard that is reducing in numbers, especially in Shanghai, where it is becoming harder and harder to ride bikes.
Hangzhou is my favorite city in China, so beautiful and relatively quiet. There are some decent rides around the small city, traffic is not too bad. Most of the better rides are in the west part of the city. Circuit around the lake in the heart of city is not too bad either. I really enjoyed the time I spent there(a week).
As long as you don't ride on the major artery of the city traffic, you should have a good riding experience.
Make sure you remember the roads though, as 99% of the road in China has no name posted.
As for cycling club, good luck :(
I concur on HangzhouScot_Gore
Dec 31, 2002 12:07 PM
But I must admit I only had the courage to bike at dawn and finish by 8:00am. I'm sure Qubeley is correct and the traffic is lite in comparison to larger Chinese cities but it was the most congested bike traffic I'd ever been in.

The traffic is mostly commuter with a mixture of commercial bicycle carriers with trailers and heavy loads. The best thing to do is hold your line, maintain a stable and predictable speed and ignore (what will appear to most American eyes) to be impending collisions. GO WITH THE FLOW i.e. use the Force Luke.

good luck