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!
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