I returned to Beijing for a couple of months and the first priority was rebuilding the hubs on my bike. I have a Giant XR2 Roam that has been modified with a Surly solid fork and it was just under 1000 miles (1600 km) on the factory Giant hubs. A full season in Beijing consists of a lot of dust, combined with some heavy rain in the monsoon season. Since they had never been torn down it seemed like a good time to do it. I took over all the tools, but the truth is most bike parts and tools are about 30% cheaper than in the U.S. if you just buy them off of Taobao. The bearings for front and back were easy to find and cost me 4 RMB (about 75 cents) total. Packed them up with Park grease and the bike was ready for another season.
The first night after the rebuild we had amazing clear air, less than 100 AQI and so I hit Chang'An Avenue for a quick ride. I stopped for some pictures at the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.