Sunday, August 28, 2016

New shoes - Blue Giro Terraduros

I can't help myself. As I was browsing Amazon, I saw that the Giro Terraduros now come in blue! In just a few clicks, the damage has been done - it was on its way to my Shipping Cart. (I'll tell you guys about my experience on that service some other time).

The first Terraduros came in either black or red orange. The black version was boring and the red orange version was a bit too loud for my taste. Now that it's also available in blue, no second thoughts occurred as I clicked that "Buy Now" button.

I can't wait to try these out on the trail!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

A Realization in Yesterday's Bike Shop Hopping

Yesterday, I joined Onad, Bonnielee, and Eric in a bike shop tour around the Pasong Tamo (Chino Roces) and Cartimar areas. We dropped by Dan's Bike Shop to check out their sale. I was able to score a Fox 2XL shirt(which I discovered was too big for me) for less than P400.00. We also raided Goyo's Bike Town, the Specialized Concept Store, Lifecycle, and Sabak. After lunch, we drove to Cartimar and visited Paulina's, Ross, Velo City, and Cristy's.

In the end, I got a big shirt, Eric got a new Camelbak hydration bladder, and Onad was able to have his brother's Fox TALAS fork serviced (on the same day). Bonnielee was the winner. He bought a pair of DT Swiss 26-inch wheelsets on sale, the latest Shimano Deore XT gruppo sans the brakes, a pair of Kenda Nevegals, inner tubes, and skewers.

I haven't done bike shop hopping in a long time. It's great to see that there are more choices now.

My sad realization is that the 26-inch wheel is dying. I know a lot of people are still using it including myself, but the supplies are getting scarcer. The once glorious wheelsets are now placed at the back of the shop. The tires are now at the bottom of the pile, if there are still some left.

I know I don't need to upgrade. My bikes are fine the way they are. But in a few years, I may not have any choice.


Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Video: Trying out the Technical Section of the Unknown Bike Park

We got invited by friends to try out the course at the Unknown Bike Park somewhere in Silang, Cavite. Armed with a freshly installed Autosweep RFID, King and I drove there to check it out.

The video below is taken from just one of the more interesting features of the course. I'll post the other videos of the ride soon when I finish editing it.

In the meantime, enjoy!

Currently, the Unknown Bike Park is still closed to the public. It will be used for the World University Cycling Championships in March 2016. As of now, they're still adding sections to make it more awesome.

Here's a map going to the place:

Monday, January 04, 2016

Biking in Manila: The Heroes' Mountain Bike Trail Full Loop Video

So this time I brought along the GoPro for a loop around the Heroes' Trail at Taguig City. There are a lot of new sections from the last time I rode it. Before, it was just 2.13 kilometers. Now, it's about 3.7 kilometers long. How about that!

Check out the video below. Warning though. It's quite shaky.

Do let me know what you want to see more using the comments section below.

Happy New Year!

More on Biking in Manila:
Heroes Bike Trail
The Army Trail
La Mesa Nature Reserve
Camp Aguinaldo Mountain Bike Loop

Monday, March 30, 2015

Having my shocks serviced by Dan's

I noticed that there was some oil when I touched the pro-pedal switch of my Fox Float RP23 rear shock after the Timberland ride. I can't escape it. I need to have it serviced. So I called Dan's Bike Shop to check their schedule, and I'm happy that they're open on Saturdays.

With only a few shops that are authorized to service Fox suspension, they said that my rear shock will be ready in two weeks. For those with only one bike, that equates to no rides until the shock is finished. Bummer, right? But I have no choice. I need to have it serviced.

"Don't worry," the mechanic said. "That's the standard turnaround time. It can be earlier."

True enough, come Thursday, I got a call from them. The shocks is ready! Awesome!

I was so excited, I picked it up first thing Saturday! They replaced the seals with a better material. The damage is just P1,695. Not bad. To compare, my friend from Singapore had his shock serviced for about P5,000.

When I rode the bike the following day, it felt great. I was finally able to appreciate their propedal platform! Before, when I switch it on, I couldn't tell the difference. Now, I can see that there's less movement so it's stiffer.

Dan's is the official distributor of Fox in the Philippines. Their office is inside the La Fuerza compound at the back of the Specialized concept store along Pasong Tamo in Makati City. They're open Mondays to Fridays from 9AM to 6PM (?) and on Saturdays from 9AM to 3PM. You can call them at +63 2 894-5541. Here's the map:

Monday, October 27, 2014

Trying Out Strava

I noticed that I get Strava updates from my friends on my Facebook feed every now and then. I guess some of you with biker friends get the same thing. I get updates from the likes of Edmund Mangaser, who did well on his Tour of Matabungkay debut, to Ferds Faytaren, who did a Batangas - Lipa - Rosario solo loop.

Intrigued, I decided to give it a try yesterday on our short ride in Timberland. After turning on my old Garmin Edge 305 to track my ride, I launched the Strava app on my phone, clicked on the record button, and pedaled off.

I really didn't think about it at all until the end of ride. There was a very faint signal at the Timberland Clubhouse parking area, but I was miraculously able to sync my ride to Strava.

I was only able to appreciate my ride when I got home and saw the results on Strava's website. Check out my experience:

So this is the Strava app. I placed it in my Health folder.

This is the Strava app's launch screen

This is the Record page, where you start and stop your session. It has a big record button to make it idiot-proof.

This is the feed from my friends who also use Strava. That's Mitch Padua's Nuvali ride up there.

This is my ride yesterday. It shows me the total distance, time, and elevation gain from the moment I pressed "record" to the time I stopped it. The segments part is where it gets interesting. 

This is a sample of one of segments of my ride. Someone made it a segment and then Strava measured my performance and compared it to everyone who did the climb. It can also show how I did versus my friends. I'm now in 8th place.

It seems there's an option to upload my Garmin reading to the website. I'll give it a try next time. Overall, I like this experience. It's fun knowing how I did and it pushes me  to be better. On the downside, I might need to bring a powerbank on my future rides as it drains my battery quite fast.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Tubeless, finally!

I have a tubeless-ready wheelset (Mavic XM 819 Discs laced up to Chris King hubs and DT spokes), but for the longest time I've been running tubes. It's because tubeless has failed me twice already. Tubeless conversion, to be exact. The first one was when I had the IRC Mythos converted to tubeless using Stan's. That didn't go well. The tire was unseated while I was climbing on an uneven terrain. The second one was with my Kenda Nevegals using Stan's. That was a fail also, mostly because I didn't have a compressor to blast it with air.

This time, I installed the Maxxis MaxxLite UST tires that I got from Agu. Burned from my experience, I didn't take the Stan's route and opted to do tubeless with a UST-certified tire. I followed the mounting instructions available online and didn't use any tire levers, unsure if it would hold air. The first thrusts to the floor pump was frantic as if I was in a porn movie.

Pump, pump, pump, pump!


Pump, pump, pump, pump!

Then the gauge started to go up -- 20 psi, it read. Awesome! The tire is holding air! Catching my breath, I slowed my pace and filled it to a few notches below maximum air pressure.

I was sweaty. I was panting. And it felt so good.

Tubeless, finally!

Time for a ride.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Danny Macaskill: The Ridge

Scottish trials expert Danny Macaskill is back with a new adventure and a bigger set of balls!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Linis-linis din 'pag may time: The Camelbak Antidote Cleaning Kit

Of all the places I was able to find a cleaning kit for my Camelbak, it was in an El Corte Ingles department store in Spain during my holiday. It was refreshing to find such a specialized item in a big department store. In the Philippines, you would have to scour the bike shops all over Metro Manila to find one (if you're lucky). But here, since they do cycling and the outdoors more, it's easily available.

I was fooled by the huge box because inside the Camelbak Antidote Cleaning Kit are just two brushes (one for the bladder and one for the tube), two cleaning tablets, a small hanger (this attaches to the bladder via the quicklink), and a pair of extra bladder clips (?) to make them stay open. That's it. There are no instructions on how to use them, so I had to go to YouTube to see how it's done.

When I cleaned my hydration bladder last night, I realized that the most important part of this purchase is the tube brush. As for the rest, I can use regular household items. With the huge Omega port, I can actually put my hands inside to clean it with a sponge and soapy water. I didn't feel the need to use the cleaning tablets because it wasn't that dirty. I can use hanger with a clothespin to hang it to dry. That's it.

If you're looking for something to clean your Camelbak bladder, you can save up and just buy the brushes instead.

Got tips in cleaning your bladder, share them in the comments sections below.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Schurter sports new Oakleys in the 2014 World Championships

Nino Schurter lost the UCI XCO World Championship stripes this year, but if you watch closely, he's sporting new Oakleys! Nice!

UPDATE: Apparently, it made its short debut in this year's Tour de France with Mark Cavendish. Check out the article on BikeRumor.

The Mavic Trans-Provence Videos

My friend just shared the day one video on Facebook. When I watched it, I was instantly hooked. So now I'm sharing to you guys the same video so that you'll look forward to riding and pushing your limits more this weekend.

MAVIC® TRANS-PROVENCE 2014 /// DAY 0 from Trans-Provence on Vimeo.

MAVIC® TRANS-PROVENCE 2014 /// DAY 1 from Trans-Provence on Vimeo.

MAVIC® TRANS-PROVENCE 2014 /// DAY 2 from Trans-Provence on Vimeo.
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