Saturday, February 14, 2009

Lance lashes out at Paul Kimmage

I was reading from Velo News and Cycling News that Lance Armstrong lashed out at Paul Kimmage for what he wrote, and I thought "Wouldn't it be good if I can be there just to see that happen?"

Well, apparently I have the next best thing - it's on video! Check it out!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Chris King Bottom Brackets

I've been surfing the Chris King website and discovered that they're now making bottom brackets as well aside from their world-famous headsets and hubs. Oh what joy! Coming from these guys, I'm sure this is one product that is precision made and would last a long, long time.

I think I will take a trip to Velo City in Cartimar one of these days to check out if they carry these already. I have a feeling that these cost at least P7,000 but who knows. I'm praying it's a bit lower than that so I can plan on getting it after a pay day.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Biking outside the Bike Lane

I just arrived from a short 30-minute ride around the UP academic oval. I did four laps and then went back home.

They actually have a nice set-up there. The oval is now one-way on a counter-clockwise direction and the inner lane is now a permanent bike lane for everyone to enjoy. Well, at least that was the plan.

So what's the problem? Well, I can sum this up with one word - chaos. Although the inner lane is dedicated now to joggers and bikers, they're so disorganized that they're all over the place. About half of the people are going the other way. There are also vehicles parked on the lane. And so as much as I'd like to stick to the bike lane, there are times when I had to go to the outer lane so that I won't lose any momentum more so kill a runner in the process.

Ideally, the set-up should be like this: from the inner lane, it's joggers, then cyclists and then the vehicles - all going on a nice counter-clockwise direction. There's even a sign on the road. Yet, no one is following it and the enforcers don't even care.

So is this another one of those nice ideas with bad implementation projects? I think we can do better.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Stem and Handlebar upgrade: A Eureka Moment

I believe the upgrade is now complete, and I thank Jonathan Mayo, my officemate, for this. I was supposed to only accompany him to the bike shop during lunch break so he could check out the prices of the Camelbak. Surprise, surprise! As it turned out, it was actually me who bought a lot.

Since the bike fit session by Toots Chua about a year ago, I've been meaIning to replace my stem to something longer. I just either didn't have the time or finances to make it happen. I was using a 90mm Truvativ Team. According to the print-out I should be using a 100 to 110mm stem, instead.

Well, when we got to Extreme Bike Shop along Panay Avenue, I found a 100mm version. What's so cool is it's lighter than the Thomson stem by 30g. That's not bad at all considering the latter costs twice as much.

The spending didn't stop there. Since I'm into upgrading the control department, I decided to retire the FSA flatbar to the oversized Truvativ Team aluminum handlebar. Here's another funny trivia - Truvativ's aluminum team flatbar is lighter than their carbon fiber version by one gram! Ha!

So now I have the whole Truvativ team set - the stem, the flatbar and the seatpost, which I bought a few days after my bike fit.

As for the handling and fit, I couldn't be more thankful for the upgrade. With the longer stem, it now feels less cramped and the positioning is more comfortable. When I took it for a short ride around the village, the front isn't sketchy anymore compared to the shorter one. I am actually more comfortable to do a no-hands trick now with this set-up. The bike is also a few grams lighter. I just have to check the scale to see how much weight did I lose.

This coming Sunday will be the D-Day for the new parts as we would be tackling La Mesa with the ABS-CBN and Skycable mountain bikers. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Head for the Hills! An XC Mountain Bike Race to Save the Forests

HEAD for the HILLS!
“An XC Mountain Bike Race to Save the Forests”

February 21, 2009; Saturday, 6:30am
Timberland Heights, San Mateo Rizal.

The Head for the Hills! Cross Country Race is a 20-kilometer MTB fellowship event to help build and save the San Mateo Forests and Mountain Bike Trails

MTBikers for a Cause
Each registered participant will be given a “Tree Planting Society of the World” Lifetime Membership Card, participants shall have the privilege to have a Tree planted and named after them. The card shall also indicate the specie of tree planted as well as the plot coordinates where your tree was planted. These plots of trees shall be registered with the DENR and “your tree” may be visited regularly in Google Earth.

Registration also includes a Head for the Hills XC race event T-shirt for the first 200 participants, XC race numbers, a free lunch catered by Aling Tina’s Cycling Station, Raffle Prizes, Trophies and Medals for the Winners and the Fun Experience of MTB Racing amongst friends in the knobby community.

The XC Race Route:
The race starts with a 1.5 km. Fellowship 8 kmh. rolling Mass Start “Warm-Up” Ride from Mandala Phase I up to Timberland Club House. Flag Down of actual race starts of dirt road towards Tree Nursery area towards newly developed XC section towards Old Church. Turn Right at Timberland Gate 2 then U-Turn back towards cemented road to negotiate rolling climbs of reverse Roxas Trail and back the main timberland fire road to again go back the fast XC descent towards the Nursery area. Racers will negotiate 2 laps with a total of approximately 20kms including fellowship lap route.

The XC Race Categories:

Beginners/ Sport Category 1- Age group 32 y.o. and Below (2 loops= Approx. 20kms)

Beginners/ Sport Category 2-Age group 33 y.o. and Above (2loops= Approx. 20kms)

Open/ Elite Category- Experienced riders of any age group or class but has not yet competed in the national level
(3 loops= Approx.30kms.)

* Details regarding registration outlets, raffles prizes, trophies and medals shall be updated in a few days.

Registration Fee: P450.00 only

The Head for the Hills Mountain bike fellowship XC event for a cause supports the World-Wide Tree Planting project to save the environment and is sponsored by Timberland Heights and organized by the Metro Re-Cyclists for a Greener Earth.

Lets Head for the Hills and help save our forests and trails while doing what we enjoy… this time, an XC Mountain biking for a cause!
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