Monday, February 26, 2018

Meet Betty.

Meet Betty. She will join me in my fight against Diabetes.
I've been thinking of getting a new bike for a long time already. At first I was dreaming of getting the latest Intense Tracer. It's been getting a lot of rave reviews from all over. I'm also happy with my experience from my now eight-year-old Intense Tracer VP that upgrading to the latest Tracer seems like a no-brainer.

But I had to take a step back. The latest Intense Tracer is a bike that I won't be able to maximize. I ride more cross country while this one is bred to be a top-of-the-line enduro machine. With how I ride, I don't need a bike with that much suspension travel. I need a trail bike more.

I was able to do a quick parking lot spin with the Trek Fuel EX 5 when I visited Wheelworks Kapitolyo. Installed with a 27.5 tires, I loved how it handled. It was so much fun! You can say that it was love at first test ride. From then, I started researching on the Trek Fuel EX platform and started considering getting one as my next bike.

In January 13 of this year, I was officially diagnosed with Diabetes. It was a wake up call for me. I decided that I won't take this lying down and wait for the Metformin pills to do its work. I needed to change my lifestyle.

And I did. More than a month after diagnosis, I've lost 16 pounds in weight and reduced my medication by half. How did I do this? No fancy diets. I just did the tried and true formula -- healthy eating and an active lifestyle.

I figured that if I'm going to go through this route and fight this, I might as well be properly equipped. This is the perfect reason to get a new bike.

I was decided to get a Trek Fuel EX 8, but when I went to All Terra Cyclery at Julia Vargas, Edmund was selling his 2016 Trek Fuel EX 9.8 at a good price. Wow! I was ready to get an aluminum bike equipped with Shimano Deore XT components and 27.5-inch wheels, but I ended up with a carbon bike with Shimano XTR components, a Rock Shox Reverb dropper post, and 29-inch wheels!

So, without any more further ado, I'd like to introduce you to Betty. She will join me and my other bikes in my fight against Diabetes.

I named her Betty after Diabetes and my team Trek crush, Emily Batty.

Betty is a 2016 Trek Fuel EX 9.8 bike with a carbon frame, Fox 34 Performance fork, Shimano XTR components, Rock Shox Reverb stealth dropper post, and DT Swiss 29-inch wheels. 

My first ride with Betty was around the Ateneo campus only, but I can't wait to take her out on the trails when I managed to handle my lightheadedness caused by Diabetes. Soon, baby. Soon.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

We're on Instagram!

Bisikleta.ph is now on Instagram! If you're looking for updates, go ahead and check us out at https://www.instagram.com/bisikleta.ph/.


Friday, January 26, 2018

Fuck You Diabetes

So I was diagnosed with diabetes by my heart doctor a few weeks ago. It was a wake up call. My past two annual executive check ups indicate that my numbers were pre-diabetic. The doctor warned me that I should diet and exercise more often, But I didn't listen. So here I am.

I'm 41. I have a history of diabetes. My grandmother from my mother's side had it. My mother and and her siblings have it. Now, I have it as well.

But I'm not accepting this sitting down. I'm fighting it.

Even if they're making me take Metformin twice a day, I did a full 180° and changed my lifestyle -- no more sugar,  junk food,  far lesser carbs than before, and lots of vegetables. I also exercise almost every day. I bike or walk for about 30 minutes in the Ateneo campus after work.

I think I'm doing significant progress. I bought a glucometer a few days ago, and the numbers are good so far. The highest reading I've got is 111 mg/dL. That's in the morning before breakfast. I've also lost 6.4 lbs. in that short span of time.

Next week I'm going to the Diabetes Center at the Medical City for my Living with Diabetes talk and to consult a nutritionist. In two weeks, I'm going back to my new endocrinologist. By that time, I plan to show her the data I've been collecting and surprise her with my progress.

Fuck you, Diabetes!

This is my F You, Diabetes ride #bisikletaph #fuckyoudiabetes

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Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Quick Updates on What's Happening

Shet! I haven't posted anything on this blog for more than a year. Oh wow!

Some quick updates:

  • I've been buying stuff online these past months instead of going to the bike shop. Shame on me! I should support my local bike shop. 
  • I bought a helmet, a pair of pedals, a shirter stem, a saddle, and a Garmin mount. Will post about my experiences on these soon.
  • The Rock Shox Reverb dropper post developed a leak again. What a lousy product! I'm saving up to buy a Fox Transfer.
  • I did a very quick parking lot spin on a Trek Fuel EX 5 and I love it. Should I switch to a Trek?
  • Have you guys tried Bikeloans.ph? Seems very interesting.

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.

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