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!
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