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Sunday, December 30, 2007

The Safety Bike

So what do you do when you're a cyclist and you have a vision, a loose screw, lots of adrenaline and a know-how on welding? You build the safety bike, of course!

Check out these boys in the video. At first you'll say they're absolutely nuts but a few minutes of watching would somehow make you think if you want to try out their contraption.

Enjoy!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

The Last Ride of the Year

We're organizing an informal mountain bike ride on the 31st of December 2007. We're calling it The Last Ride of the Year and it's going to be in Maarat in San Mateo, Rizal. It's gonna be a great pasyal pace so it's perfect for beginners and for roadies who'd like to try out mountain biking. This is not only for PCN peeps but for members of other forums and egroups as well so spread the word. Below are the details:

The Last Ride of the Year
Meeting at the Timberland Gate, Maarat, San Mateo Rizal
8:00 a.m.
Please bring your bikes, helmet, water, trail food, bike repair tools and ID (the guards will ask for them).

See you all!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Cleaning Your Ride: How to wash your bike

It's so tempting to bring your bike to the bike shop for a P100 bike wash. But before you do that, you have to at least experience it first.

I've been looking for my step-by-step guide on cleaning and washing bikes and surprisingly I don't have it here. And so I'm reposting what I wrote in the Philippine Cycling Network:


After a trail ride, here's the step-by-step process on how I clean my bike:

1. Prepare all cleaning materials. These are the garden hose, bucket, liquid detergent, sponge, brush, Kanebo Chamois and rags.

2. Remove the cyclocomputer and the Lizard Skins chain protector.

3. "Wet" your bike using the hose. Do not use a high-pressure; just a steady stream.

4. Mix two tablespoonful of liquid detergent to 3/4 bucket of water.

5. Wash your bike using the soapy water and sponge. Start from the handlebars then to the saddle, seatpost, frame, brakes and fork.

6. Rinse off the soap from your bike using the hose.

7. Turn your bike upside down and then wash the front wheel (hubs, spokes, rims). Use the brush to wash your tires. When finished, rinse it off with water.

8. Wash your rear wheel similar to how you washed your front wheel. Wash your drive train using the brush. Work on the chainrings, pedals, chain, cogs and derailleurs. You may use old toothbrushes to clean the hard-to-reach places.

9. Rinse everything off with water.

10. Turn your bike rightside up then give it some "general soaping".

11. Rinse off and then dry using the Kanebo chamois.

12. Lubricate the chain then wait to it settles. Using the rag, wipe off excess lube.

13. Optional: Wax frame and apply tire black. No Vacuum required.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Poll Mania

My blog has a poll! My blog has a poll!

Been toying around with Blogger's templates when I saw that they're now giving users a poll module to add to their blogs. Coolness! Without further ado, I added it and filled up the forms.

I'm starting with a pretty simple question - What type of rear derailleurs do you prefer? The choices are as follows:
Traditional
Rapid Rise
No preference
I don't use them
What the heck are derailleurs

Vote now and let's find out the real score.

For the Multiply users, join the poll! Check out Bisikleta on Blogspot by clicking here.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Bisikleta ang kailangan

ABS-CBN News reports that my preferred gas company has jacked up the gas prices by 50 centavos this morning. That means my usual Unleaded fuel is now about P44.47 even if the Peso-Dollar exchange rate is reaching the P41:$1 mark. Definitely not a good sign. I'm seeing protests from transportation groups asking for an increase in fares. When that happens, everything else follows.

With these things happening, all the more we should start looking for alternate means of transportation, and nothing is as efficient and as simple as a bicycle.

Check out the new Trek Lime, part of Time Magazine's Best Inventions of 2007, and you'll see that bike companies are finally getting it. Slowly they're realizing that it's not the hydraulic disc brakes nor the whopping 27-speed spread that make the common tao ride but it's the sheer joy of being free, riding with the wind on their faces without thinking about the gizmos and contraptions that are making it happen.

Now if companies you work for would give good incentives to employees who bike to work, that would make things pretty interesting - things like shower and locker facilities along with a safe, guarded areas to leave your bike.

With enough power, maybe this would force the government to assign bike lanes and paths to bike commuters and start protecting them. Maybe.

But think about it - cleaner air, better health AND bigger savings on gas.

The manongs and construction workers who commute daily on their bikes got this right. Maybe it's time we join them on the road.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

A Victory for Cyclists



Got this link from Ricky Ledesma of PCN. In this Judge Judy episode, a cyclist gets into an accident because of a stray dog. Watch it and tell me just how much you wish things like these happen in the Philippines.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

The Whole Shebang

If you're going biking wearing an original Discovery Channel yellow jersey with matching team kit, socks, Giro Atmos helmet, Pro M-Frame Oakleys and Nike Lance 10/2 cycling shoes on a Trek Madone, for the love of God, you better have the legs for it.
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