Sunday, December 21, 2008

City Slickers Bike Version Anyone?

Wouldn't it be great if you can just drop everything that you're doing, clear your mind and go on an epic ride around the country? To install racks and panniers on your bike, pack in cycling clothes, food, a laptop, some money and just go on your way without any idea where you're going to sleep for the night? Now that would be an adventure, a City Slickers version for the cyclist.


Have a happy Sunday everyone!

Monday, November 24, 2008

My Santa Letter: The Giant Trance Frame Appeal

Dear Santa,

I think I've been really good this year. I always make it a point that my drivetrain's clean and I sometimes bring food for my friends when I bike. Overall I'd say I'm a good soul on the trail this year.

In case you're Googling for what I want this Christmas, I'm hoping that I've SEO-ed this blog entry enough for it to appear on top of the search results page.

So here it is. This is what I want this year - a medium Giant Trance frame. Yes, riding on a really light hardtail for a good part of my biking "career", I believe it's time to move into full-suspension. The designs right now are quite efficient compared to my old Cannondale Super V many years ago and I'd really love to try them out.

As for the logistics, don't worry about it. I've custom-made my stocking so it would fit there nice and snug. Since I'm from the Philippines, you don't have to worry about it getting broken going down the chimney. I'll just leave the door open for you.

Looking forward to it.


p.s. Here's a picture in case you don't know what it looks like.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The La Mesa Ride for Pride Race Results

Finally the results are out, and I must say I didn't do too bad at all. Overall I was 119th place, and in my age category I took 50th place.

Congratulations to Dandan for bagging the top place! That guy's a monster!

Looking for the race results, too? Go to the Bantay Kalikasan's Ride for Pride page now.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Ride with Pride Race Photos

The Ride with Pride mountain bike race photos are out and they are scattered all over the net! From Multiply sites to the online fora, last weekend's race was the talk of the local mountain bike community.

If you're looking for where your pictures might be, check out these sites:

PhilMoFo's Ride with Pride Race Gallery
PinoyMTBiker's Ride with Pride Gallery
Team MTBTrails Multiply Photo Gallery
Be Anything But Ordinary Multiply Photo Gallery
Buhay's Multiply Photos
NEW!Bantay Kalikasan's Multiply Site

Sunday, October 19, 2008

The La Mesa Ride with Pride Pre-Race Food and Drink Plan

My pre-race food intake plan was spot on. As I sit here and blog about what happened this morning, I really don't feel that wasted at all compared to the previous times I biked the La Mesa trails.

With a few meters to go, my legs were starting to cramp, but I wasn't feeling dehydrated nor was I near empty. If it weren't for that, I think I could've pushed my pace some more. My cadence was still smooth and I could've shifter to a higher gear. I guess I'll do that next time. But right now, I'm really happy with how I performed.

So what was my intake to prepare for the race? Below's the list. Let me know what you think.

  • A week before the race, I started taking in lots of fluid, mainly water. No sodas or any junk drink.
  • The night before the race, I ate a plateful of pasta. I also put my Camelbak bladder that's 1/4 full of water in the freezer so I'll have cold drinking water during the race.
  • I woke up early on race day and ate another plateful of pasta and drank a glass of water.
  • While waiting for the race to start, I was already hydrating. I got to finish a 1.5-liter bottle of Gatorade. The consequence? I was peeing a lot.
  • Thirty minutes before the race I ate one sachet of Powerbar Gel with 2x caffeine.
  • During the race, I drank lots of cold water from my hydration pack and ate three sachets of Powerbar Gels.
  • After finishing, I ate a Powerbar together with another 1.5 liters of Gatorade.
  • Saturday, October 18, 2008

    Pre-Race Check-up

    It's the day before the race, and although I'm not really 100% OK I went to Shopwise to do some shopping for the big event tomorrow.

    Below's my pre-race list for tomorrow's Ride with Pride in La Mesa. If you've got yours, feel free to share it.

  • Buy enough bottles of Gatorade to make sure your body's properly hydrated before, during and after the race.
  • Buy a bunch a bananas for after-ride food (in case you're too tired to drive to the nearest decent food place -- Chowking).
  • Buy cooking spray that you can apply on your bike to prevent mud from sticking tomorrow.
  • Order pasta from Sicilian Pasta for tonight's dinner and tomorrow's breakfast.
  • Lubricate your bike's chain and make sure the gears are shifting properly.
  • Check the brakes and tire pressure.
  • Remove items from the bike that are unnecessary for tomorrow's race (i.e., rear blinkers).
  • Edit the contents of the hydration pack to make sure you only bring the things that you need.
  • Prepare the stuff that you need for tomorrow today (i.e., gear, after-ride clothes, sunscreen, food and drinks).
  • Pray for good weather.
  • Set the damn alarm clock properly.
  • Sleep early.
  • Take EPO and beat Dandan!!! Bwahahahaha!
  • Friday, October 17, 2008

    Aaargh! Brushscript!

    It's only now that I noticed PinoyMTBiker's masthead font, and it honestly looked so last century. Brushscript?! C'mon! You guys can do better than that! :)

    Race Preparation: Time to think positive!

    I'm not feeling 100%. I think I'm coming down with something. That's why I went to Mercury Drug from the office to get myself some meds to fight off whatever I'm having. I bought a bottle of Diflam and a banig of Biogesic tablets, just to be sure.

    I can't afford to get sick. Not If I have this big race that I'm looking forward to this weekend. I already bought four packs of Powerbar Gel from the new health stand at the ground floor of our office. Tomorrow, aside from buying some food for recovery and bottles of Gatorade, I'm planning to just stay in bed and rest the whole day if I can.

    No, I don't have any plans of winning the event. I just want a nice, fun race.

    Now it's time to think positive!

    Sunday, October 12, 2008

    The Vision Drink System: Nice but...

    Compared to using the century-old water bottle, this is more aero. The question now is will the UCI allow it? Based from their past stupid rules (e.g., only traditional diamond frames, minimum bike weight, how high an aerobar's position can be), I doubt it.

    Thanks to VeloNews for the Interbike feature.

    Saturday, October 11, 2008

    My Lance Armstrong Conspiracy Theory

    I'm a big Lance Armstrong fan but I still have mixed feelings on his comeback. On one hand it would really be great to see him ride and dominate the races. On the other, I feel that it's time to just stay in the sidelines and cheer as a new batch of champions emerge.

    We all know the official reason why he wants to go back - to bring a much-needed awareness in the fight against cancer. But if you look at him, at how he answers at the questions raised during his press conferences, you can't help but think that there's something more - all that rage is inside him waiting to come out. It's as if he wants to go back to prove something more.

    Below are just my conspiracy theories, and in no way are these true. In the comic world, this would belong to the Elseworlds realm:

    Before the start of the 2005 season, members of the UCI were able to prove that Lance really did use performance enhancing drugs in his first Tour de France win in 1999. These were unofficial results since the respective athlete didn't give any consent prior to the testing.

    A news that would definitely destroy the very fabric of the sport and the hopes of millions of people with cancer, a very select few were called in a meeting to discuss what the next steps should be - Armstrong, the head of the UCI and the race director of ASO.

    An announcement of a doping positive would cause a tremendous shockwave to the business part of the Tour. Nike, a major sponsor, would have its image damaged and would definitely pull out from the Tour. Other sponsors will definitely follow suit. The damage would be too great that the Tour might go to a halt.

    People who have looked up to Armstrong as a symbol of hope would be devastated. The miracle of 1999 - when a cancer survivor won the Tour de France, wasn't a miracle after all. This is a big blow that would demoralize them. Without the attitude Armstrong has inspired in them, thousands will die.

    On the other hand, Armstrong will file charges if they do decide to come out with the announcement. There were no go signal given from his end, which is a clear violation on the part of the UCI. He would put all his money on making sure he wins. And he will.

    With a lot of things at stake, all the parties involved came up with a compromise - 2005 will be Lance's last year. For the business, ASO would let him ride the Tour de France for one last time. In the end, everybody wins - Armstrong bows out gracefully, the UCI gets rid of him, and the ASO saves its business.

    Thursday, October 09, 2008

    Ride with Pride: the first eco-bike challenge to protect the La Mesa watershed

    I caved in. I was initially thinking of just dropping by to take pictures and socialize with the marshals, but after giving it much thought (three minutes to be exact), I decided - what the heck - I'm joining the Ride with Pride mountain bike race on October 19, 2008 at the La Mesa Nature Reserve.

    How can I go wrong? The P400 entry fee is shouldered by ABS-CBN's HR department. The venue is my favorite trail network of all time with a healthy mix of single and doubletracks. All I have to do is train a bit and enjoy the race.

    No, I don't have any plans of winning the event. I'll be happy if I get to overtake a couple of riders on the course. In the Men's Health Race a few years back, I managed to be in the top 20 in my category, but I guess this would be a pretty difficult feat this time as there are only two categories: 18+ and 36+.

    Thinking of joining the race? You better head to the following on or before October 11, 2008:
  • Bantay Kalikasan Office (ABS-CBN Foundation, Mother Ignacia Avenue, Quezon City)

  • Life Cycle Bike Shop (G-Strip, Greenhills Shopping Center)

  • All Terra Bike Shop (Club 650, Libis, Quezon City)

  • ROX (Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City)

  • For more info, check out the poster

    Saturday, October 04, 2008

    Back to La Mesa Nature Reserve

    Today was a great mountain bike ride in the La Mesa Nature Reserve. At first it was supposed to be with Marose and the rest of the Kapamilya bikers but we eventually ended joining the merry band of Globe bikers instead.

    Yes, that's a we - me and Jun Punzal, our admin officer in the office. It was his first time to go on a real trail riding so he was excited with the whole thing. Well, it didn't last that long. In a slippery downhill stretch, he lost control and crashed. He's OK but his bike wasn't. His rear brake levers got damaged. It was too risky for him to carry on so he was forced to abort at Tower 5. Too bad for him. But I think he somehow got his money's worth. There's always a next time.

    Our ride ended at exactly twelve noon and it was so much fun. I'm laspag but still OK. Maybe next time we'll ride the longer stretch of singletrack heading to the parking area.

    I haven't uploaded the whole map of the ride on MotionBased.com. I'll probably post it as soon as I have it.

    Wednesday, September 24, 2008

    Ready to be a MoFo? A PhilMoFo, that is.

    "PhilMoFo nu'n, PhilMofo n'yan, ha?" Sorry, I just couldn't resist.

    So there's a new mountain bike forum in the country and it's called the Philippine Mountainbiking Forum. Of course, the avid members affectionately calls it PhilMoFo.

    A few weeks since its launch, the forum now has 351 users and that number is growing rapidly.

    No team jerseys yet as of press time but they do have some budget for marketing. Check out their tarpaulin streamer at Maarat's Giant sari-sari store.

    Want to find out more? Just log in to http://philippinemtbforum.the-talk.net.

    Something's rotten in team Astana

    It seems the shit just ht the fan in the latest VeloNews interview of recently crowned Vuelta a España champion Alberto Contador. From saying that he'd be the "first to welcome to seven-time Tour de France champ", Contador is now singing a different tune.

    When asked how he would feel if Armstrong joined Astana, he replied: "It would be quite complicated. I think I've earned the right to be the leader of a team without having to fight for it. And with Armstrong, there could be difficult situations in which the team would put him first and that would harm me."

    Well apparently it doesn't stop there. We all thought that all is happy at team Astana after the Vuelta with Contador taking the top spot and Leipheimer in second.

    The newly-crowned champ has this to say: "I will only say that it’s not normal that someone that is supposed to be working for you finishes less than one minute back in the GC. If Navacerrada had been 20km more, I don’t know what would have happened."

    We all saw Levi doing the final pacemaking up the Angliru to launch Contador, but the Spaniard brushed it off and said that Leipheimer "only pulled a little."


    I think something's going to happen with this team very, very soon.

    Read the full article at Velonews.

    Tuesday, September 23, 2008

    Yum yum - the GT Marathon Carbon Team

    I'm checking out the photos of Interbike 2008 from VeloNews and I fell instantly with this - the GT Marathon Carbon Team. Hubba hubba!

    Being a cross country rider, I'm looking for light full-suspension rig that won't rob power from my pedal. Specialized's Epic was one of the bikes of my dreams. Now it looks like there's another addition to my lust list.

    Oh how I wish Santa would give me something really, really good this year.

    Monday, September 22, 2008

    Lance wants to buy the Tour?

    Armstrong coming out for retiring is old news. The seven-time Tour de France champion will reveal his plans this coming Wednesday, 24 September 2008.

    So what's the hottest news out in the cycling world? Well, there's this rumor that Armstrong is part of consortium planning to buy out the Amaury Sports Organization, the owners of 10 top-level races. One of which is the Tour de France.

    O ha! Now is that news or what?!

    Read all about it in Bicycling's Boulder Report.

    Thursday, September 18, 2008

    The Zen in Bike Tinkering

    I was so stressed from the heavy traffic in C5 and Katipunan Avenue on the way home that I had to go down to my bike after dinner to tune it up. 

    There's really nothing seriously wrong with it. Aside from some pending chain and shifter cable lubrication after the wash last week, my ride's still OK. But there's something very calming in being a home bike mechanic -- in the fiddling and tinkering with the adjustments and dials so that everything's perfect on your next ride.

    To those guys who bring the bikes to bike shops to have them tuned and washed, you're missing a lot.

    Thinking of doing the same thing but you're not sure how to do it? Visit the Park Tools repair website to know exactly what tools you need and how to use it.

    Wednesday, September 10, 2008

    Lance Armstrong's coming out from retirement

    Velonews reported yesterday that seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong is coming out from retirement for the 2009 season. Immediately the cycling world was set abuzz with the news. Even Johan Bruyneel's current team, Astana, reacted to the news. It was so shocking that CyclingNews' Shane Stokes wrote an analysis on the pros and cons of Armstrong coming back

    Well, today Armstrong confirmed the rumor through a written and video statement on their Livestrong blog.

    So how about it, cycling fans? Are you ready to bring out that bright yellow rubber wristband and go for number eight?

    Tuesday, September 09, 2008

    The Giro Athlon

    I've blogged asking Giro to replace their outdated E2 and finally they heeded my call and the calls of cross country mountain bikers everywhere and introduced a new helmet for 2009 - the Athlon. After more than four years in the market, they're finally retiring the E2 (or probably relegate it as a second tier product).

    Check out the article and an additional photo from the great guys of CyclingNews.com!

    Saturday, August 30, 2008

    I love lubrication!

    Finally my bike's shifters are shifting as smooth as the first time I installed them.

    The problem started after our Kapamilya Maarat ride where my drivetrain encountered mud for the first time. True to the reviews of online bike blogs, the nine-speed shifting can really go crappy on this condition (Back to eight speed, anyone?).

    I washed my whole bike as soon as I got home from that ride. Despite that and lubricating the chain, the shifting wasn't exactly what I wanted. Upshifting was OK, but it was sloppy when you downshift.

    Today, I went back to finally fix my problem. Armed with my tub of synthetic grease, I removed the shifter cables and lubed them also. Not yet satisfied, I also tuned the shifting using the knobs from the shifters. Now, it's as crisp as it was when I first bought it.

    I really don't know what caused it but my guess is it's because of some water and mud got through the system plus some stretching on the shifter cables.

    Monday, August 25, 2008

    Kapamilya mountain bike ride in Maarat

    Just arrived from our Kapamilya mountain bike ride in Maarat. It was the usual route to Giant for some snacks. We were planning on biking to Ka Vergel but it was already late.

    This is my first time to ride off-road in a long time, and I'm pleasantly surprised with my climbing ability. Before, I would mash the gear and pedal slowly up a climb, but this time I was just spinning. I was doing something like 80 to 90 rpm on a climb and I wasn't going overboard. The heart rate was about 177 to 180 bpm. Great, right? So is it because of all the running that I've been doing. If that the case then I shouldn't stop.

    Check out the route that we biked here.

    Now it's time to wash the bike.

    Sunday, August 24, 2008

    I finally found a 3-liter Camelbak resevoir!

    My bladder of my Camelbak Blowfish looks really bad even after cleaning it. And after more than five years of using it, I believe it was time for a fresh new bladder.

    I tried looking for it at R.O.X. in Bonifacio High Street and they don't have it. I went to All Terra and they don't have it. I even looked for it when I was in Singapore to no avail. Then, when I dropped by at Extreme Bike Shop along Panay Avenue in Quezon City to buy a new chainstay protector, I finally found it - the 3.0-liter Camelbak replacement reservoir! It's a bit pricey at P1,700+ but I know it'll last me a long, long time.

    Thanks Extreme!

    Sunday, July 27, 2008

    Looking forward to next year's Tour de France

    The 19th stage of this year's tour ended with Carlos Sastre losing only a few seconds of his lead to Cadel Evans, taking with him the yellow jersey. As Ligget and Sherwen said, Sastre rode the time trial of his life and managed to hold off Evans from dislodging him from the top place of the podium. On the other hand, the Australian's performance was so-so at best. His form simply wasn't there and one can see this with how he rode the whole time trial course.

    To CSC-Saxo Bank, congratulations. It was a great performance by the whole team. When they were up in front doing the pacemaking, it reminded me of the blue train during Armstrong's era. They were that dominant. It's a also great that they managed to have Sastre sneak past the leaders during the Alpe d' Huez climb or it would've been a disaster if Schleck was their jersey holder going into the time trials.

    With all due respects, I honestly do not think Sastre can do a repeat. He was just lucky this year. It would take a tremendous amount of focus and training if he wants to win that Maillot Jaune again. Next year, he'll be a marked man and would have a much harder time doing an escape.

    So now that it's over, I'm excited for next year's tour.

    Friday, July 25, 2008

    A ho-hum Tour

    It's the Tour de France, the biggest bicycle race on the planet. Usually I would be blogging about the major events that happened during the tour but somehow I don't feel the urge this year. I don't know. To me, it just doesn't seem that exciting.

    Yeah, so the top four riders are just a few seconds apart with Sastre doing a courageous breakaway at the Alpe d' Huez to take away the Maillot Jaune from teammate Frånk Schleck. Meanwhile, Cadel Evans managed to limit his losses and stands a few seconds behind Schleck.

    OK. Now what?

    I think I'm biased. And yes, I think I'm bitter that the Amaury Sport Organization didn't invite last year's winner, Alberto Contador, to defend his title. And so whoever wins this year's tour will always have an asterisk after his name in my book.

    I'm sorry, Tour de France, but this year's Giro d' Italia is more exciting.

    Monday, June 02, 2008

    Shimano Dura Ace Cranks looks like the XTR's

    I don't know about you, but I think the new Shimano Dura-Ace crankset...

    ... borrowed some of its looks from the Shimano XTR.

    What do you think?

    Monday, May 26, 2008

    Contador gains more time over Ricco on uphill time trial

    Well, well, well. It seems the young spaniard still has power left in him after all. Alberto Contador, the 2007 Tour de France champion, finished fourth place in today's time trial. A mighty feat considering he's suffering from allergies and toothache and only had a week to prepare of this year's race.

    Despite logging in 22 seconds slower than stage winner Franco Pellizotti, Alberto gained eight seconds over his nearest rival Ricardo Ricco and sits now on top with a 41-second advantage.

    With the exception of him, it seems the rest of team Astana took it easy in today's stage. His co-captains Andreas Kloden and Levi Leipheimer are nowhere in the top 10. I'm sure they're preparing to support him as much as they can all the way to the finish.

    The Moment of Truth: The 2008 Giro d' Italia Uphill Time Trial

    The 16th stage of the 2008 Giro d' Italia is probably the shortest but probably one of the most important for this will determine who deserves to wear Maglia Rosa, the coveted leader's jersey of Italy's biggest tour.

    Yesterday, 2007 Tour de France champion Alberto Contador claimed the jersey but only of the slightest of margins from his competitors. Today, with nothing but 12 kilometers of climbing ahead of them, we will know if he has the legs. The time trial is a race against the clock and there are no teammates nor team tactics that can directly help the leaders.

    As I write, the fight is ongoing at http://www.steephill.tv/giro-d-italia. We'll find out the outcome very soon.

    Saturday, May 24, 2008

    Giro d' Italia 2008: Finally the Mountains

    Are we ready for the mountains? This is 2007 Tour de France winner Alberto Contador stocking up for the big climbs later. Love the photo? Check out GrahamWatson.com!

    I'm really excited to see how Team Astana would fare in this year's Giro d' Italia. We'll finally see if they're truly not ready when they got the invite a week before the three-week stage race.

    If you want to watch the Giro live and your cable company doesn't carry RAI anymore, you can log in to Steephill.tv's Giro page and choose from the list of sources.


    The Answer to Rising Oil Prices: The Bicycle

    I gassed up yesterday hoping to get an illusion of a discount from the weekly one Peso per liter increase in the price of gasoline. The last time I checked, my regular unleaded fuel costs P51.07 per liter. And if it did increase by P1.00 again this week, that price would now be P52.07 per liter. Now that is sick.

    More and more, we should be looking for more efficient and more sustainable means of transportation. And I honestly believe the bicycle will play a central role. It makes the user fit, it brings you where you want to go, and it's very friendly to the environment.

    Hey Bayani Fernando! Maybe it's time to take a second look at your failed Metro Bike Lane project.

    Sunday, May 18, 2008

    Levi Leipheimer finally gets a Giro Ionos

    I don't know if you noticed but in this year's Giro d' Italia, the reigning US National champion, Levi Leipheimer, finally lets go of his Giro Atmos for a brand new Giro Ionos helmet. He was using the Atmos because there was no Ionos available in the red, white and blue color scheme. Well not yet. I guess the guys rushed to give Levi some lovin' he deserves when he and his team finally got an invite to ride the Italian Tour.

    Photo taken from Graham Watson.

    Monday, May 12, 2008

    Mountain bike tickets to the Beijing Olympics, anyone?

    I was googling for the mountain bike race course map of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, when I stumbled upon their official ticketing site. Hmmmm... now wouldn't it be nice to see all those nice for-race-only machines.

    It's USD140 for the most expensive ticket. That's roughly P6,020. Not bad considering you're going to see the pros battle it out for the Olympic gold medal. And it's not that often that they're going to have the Olympics in Asia.


    To read more on the race course, check out this entry from ChinaMTB.com.

    Sunday, May 11, 2008

    My First True Mountain Bike Ride of the Year: The La Mesa Nature Reserve

    I've always loved the La Mesa Nature Reserve Trails. It's probably on top of my list as the best mountain bike rides I've done. Compared to the routes in my hometown where the roads are mostly cemented now, La Mesa's where your true mountain biking skills come into play. It's also quite accessible. It's just in Quezon City near SM City Novaliches so there's no need to wake up early to be at the trailhead by sunrise.

    It's been more than a year since I last rode La Mesa. If I'm not mistaken, that was probably with Gary before he left for the States. After that, they closed it temporarily because of the MWSS Housing Case. During that time the rides were mostly in Licao-Licao and Maarat.

    Yesterday was my first homecoming ride in La Mesa. And it was the bomb! With the new singletracks, I'm more in love with it than ever! There were lots of twisting and turning over rolling terrain with some planks and wooden bridges along the trail - really, really nice! What's so cool is they made us ride by the actual water reserve. It's beautiful!

    The ride can be as long as 31 kilometers, depending on how much you can handle.

    For those who are planning to bike inside the reserve, please bring lots of food and water as there are no sari-sari stores inside. I filled up my Camelbak and I still ran out of water. It's a good idea to bring an extra bottle of water just in case.

    Check out some of the pictures:
    GaryDSC00126DSC00123DSC00118Agu"That's my boy" pose

    The other photos as here in my Flickr album.

    Friday, May 09, 2008

    Mountain BIking in the La Mesa Nature Reserve

    Finally, I'm going to be mountain biking tomorrow! It's the first time for the year, would you believe, and I'm glad that it's going to be no less than the La Mesa Nature Reserve.

    For those of you who don't know, the La Mesa Nature Reserve is just in the outskirts of Quezon City near the province of Bulacan. To ride there, you will need to book with ABS-CBN Foundation's Bantay Kalikasan.

    I haven't been there since last year. If what I hear is right, there's a new singletrack network in the area that's aching to be explored. Yeah baby! And what's better than mapping it out on my brand new Garmin 305 Edge.

    Oh yeah! I'm really excited.

    Sunday, May 04, 2008

    The Test: Flip Video Action Mount and Garmin 305 Edge

    I didn't get to go around to test the Flip Video Action Mount and the Garmin 305 Edge yesterday afternoon because of the bad weather, so I woke up early today to try it out.

    With my Flip Video Ultra, the Flip Video Action Mount isn't stable. This is probably because they used velcro straps to secure it on the handlebar. It's something that I'd consider to take with me on a road trip but would make me think twice in bringing to my usual trail riding. The quality of the video is too shaky - it maybe good for a Blair Witch Project-type movie but not if you want to view your ride on your widescreen TV with your friends. I think this can be addressed by switching from a handlebar mount to a helmet mount.

    As for the Garmin 305 Edge, it was the bomb! With the cadence sensor installed and the heart rate monitor strapped to my chest, it offered a new window of data to a gadget geek like me. Not only did it offer me the usual speed, time and distance data, it also gave me gave me my cadence, heart rate, total elevation, plus it mapped out my ride and layered it on Google Maps! Really Cool!

    Saturday, May 03, 2008

    Shimano Custom-Fit Cycling Shoes

    Last year, Shimano came up with this neat idea of molding their cycling shoes to the exact shape of their customer's feet, and it's been getting rave reviews since.

    From what I read in CyclingNews, they bake the shoe to mold it to the contours of your feet. Being based in a developing country, I haven't had the luxury of seeing the process in how they do it. (Well, maybe now they do. I just don't have the time to go to Cycle Options in Greenhills to check out if they already have the facility.)

    So I'm so happy when I stumbled upon this video on YouTube illustrating the step by step process on how this is done on a Shimano SH-R300 shoe.

    The Toys are Here!

    My two new bike toys are here, courtesy of my in-laws who just arrived from the States this morning!

    The Garmin 305 Edge with Cadence and Heart Rate

    The Flip Video Action Mount

    I installed them to my bike as soon as we got home. Now I can't wait for the weather to cool down a bit so I can road/trail test my new babies.

    If successful, you'll probably see a video of my ride in the next entry.

    Thursday, May 01, 2008

    Clark Off-Road Duathlon 2008

    I've been running (again) since the start of this year. Blame it on the Nike Plus Sports Kit that I bought from the Nike store in Trinoma. That, and the Nike Air Structure Triax 10+ that I got from Sports Warehouse in Club 650 because it was on sale.

    To be quite honest, my longest bike ride for the year was the Tour of the Fireflies. That was about 50 kilometers - about the total distance I run in less than two weeks. Yeah, I should be ashamed. There was a point when I was thinking where would all this running take me. And voila, along comes Thumbie's email:

    REGISTRATION FEE: P400.00 (With lunch and T-shirt)
    PRIZES (Cash and medals for the top 3 finishers of all the categories)
    Under 23
    Age Groups 23-30, 31-40, 41-50 & 50-above



    So I guess I now have a target. Coolness!

    Wednesday, April 30, 2008

    Tour of the Fireflies 2008 Video

    Check out this short movie I made from the pictures and videos I took in this year's Tour of the Fireflies. From Tiendesitas to Quirino Grandstand and back, it seemed like the old Sony DSC-P92 and the Flip Video Ultra did their job pretty well!

    Tuesday, April 29, 2008

    You think you've got good legs?

    Now this guy's got balls.

    His name is Amado Picardal, a priest who's biking from Davao to Aparri and back. His Tour for Life and Peace aims to cover 5,000 kilometers in 56 days. Nope, he's no newbie in this field. Actually, he has done this before.

    I'm really quite amazed that he biked to Malacanang together with eight other cyclists to give a letter to the President. As expected, they didn't let him in. Father Picx only left the gate when they "assured" him that they'll give it to her. Hmmmm.

    You can follow his adventure and his take on what's happening now in his blog, Web Journal of Fr. Amado Picardal, CSsR. And it's OK to join him in parts of his ride. Huwag kayong mahiya. :)

    Monday, April 28, 2008

    Rock Racing's New Kit!

    Check out the new duds from the dudes of Rock Racing! Now that's a fresh design from the usual boring safe kits in the peloton!

    Paging Clarence of Anatomic Cycle Wear! Maybe we can do this for PCN's new kit? Hehehehe!

    Sunday, April 27, 2008

    Tour of the Fireflies 2008


    For more Firefly pictures, check out my Flickr album. :)

    Giro E2: Time for an upgrade!

    This is the Giro E2 mountain bike helmet. It's Giro's top-of-the-line cross country helmet for more than five years. The colors and graphics change each year but it's basically the same helmet.

    On the other hand, their road line-up have had a couple of redesigns ever since. From the Pneumo, they introduced the Atmos, and now it's the Ionos. I guess having a Lance Armstrong using it really helped them.

    Now only if the technology learned from doing their road helmets would trickle down to cross country mountain bike helmets. That would be so cool.

    Saturday, March 29, 2008

    Crank Brothers' wheelset isn't there yet!

    I logged in to the Crank Brothers website hoping to find these wheels in the line-up but it's still not there despite all the bike shows that they joined last year to showcase it. Darn!

    Sunday, February 17, 2008

    And I biked.

    And I biked again. Today. It wasn't as serious as my past escapade but it marks my return to cycling after a few months in hiatus. Armed with my Ipod Nano to the tune of 311's Amber, I pedaled three laps around the Ateneo campus. That's little more than 10 kilometers. Pathetic compared to what I used to ride but I enjoyed every minute of it, especially the part when I take the double-track trail at the back of the high school.

    My dream is to come up with a short trail system in the Ateneo. I don't know if it's possible but it would be great to have one. I can imagine going through the giant Gabi plants between the High School and the Jesuit Residence and then come out at the back of the Moro Lorenzo Center. I remember a trail at the back of the abandoned botany/biology hut near the college tricycle terminal. It was a steep downhill to the college covered courts. I wonder if it's still there. Now that would be great to connect with the stone steps from the Eliazo Hall.


    Sunday, February 03, 2008

    While I was browsing...

    While I was uploading my personal photos in my Flickr account, I bumped into Marc Vanassche's photo gallery. What really got my attention was his overall theme that I'm sure a lot of you will love - naked women and bicycles. Really cool.

    Now I must warn you, this is for very mature audiences only.

    Here's the link.
    Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...