Sunday, June 28, 2009

When will Oakley be selling Jawbones in the Philippines?

Ever since Oakley placed the Jawbones in their online catalog, I've been going to various dealers in the Metro, hoping to try these out for myself. Being a satisfied user of their Racing Jackets, I'm curious as to how these sunglasses are tagged as the evolution of that model.

I've gone to as far as sending an email to a fellow cyclist who works at the Philippine Oakley distributor just to find out the exact date. According to him, it should come out in June. Should. Well, the last day of the month is this coming Tuesday. Maybe they'll have it in the dealers shelves by then.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

2009 Men's Health All-Terrain Race Video

At first, the video was supposed to be from the point of view of me riding the bike, but after the trial run I realized that the Flip Video isn't that stable even if the mount was zip tied. So the next best thing was to take videos of the race after mine.

Check it out and let me know if you're here.

Looking for the result? Check it out here at PhilMoFo. As per Agu, it has to be ironed out because there are some names not in the list (including his).

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Excited for the 2009 Men's Health All-Terrain Race

My Men's Health All-Terrain Race Race Number

This evening I joined several people from the cycling and running communities in the unveiling of the 2009 Men's Health All-Terrain Race. This nice and comfortable event was held at the mezzanine of the Stock Market, a nice restaurant in Bonifacio High Street.

I have to admit it felt weird when Agu, the magazine's editor-in-chief, invited us over dinner to get support for their race. "Agu, you know you don't have to take us to dinner to get our support," was what I replied back to his text message. I've always been to their races and even volunteered to be a marshal at their first Urbanathlon. Of course, a freebie dinner is quite hard to resist. Plus it would be great to see other cycling people without their helmets on. So at 5:30 in the afternoon, I left South Triangle in Quezon City to join the event.

The 2009 Men's Health All-Terrain Race will be a little different than the previous years. This year the gates of the Sta. Elena will open to trail runners and mountain bikers for the first time to give them a taste of what they have to offer soon. Based from Bruce, the 12-kilometer route they tried this morning would make people want to bring hydration packs. There are no big climbs, he added, but doing several laps would be very challenging.

Hearing this from him I was really intrigued by what the golf course can offer. And when Men Health's Christine Ong showed us some pictures of the trail, I knew I just had to give it a go. What have I got to lose? They even have a category for big boys like me - a big plus. So when Vince, the race organizer, asked for our race registration forms, I quickly filled up mine and gave it to him.

Interested in joining the event? Check out the Men's Health website as well as the websites of R.O.X. and FinishLine or you can click on the poster below to view the details.

Men's Health All-Terrain Race 2009 Poster

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

How to overhaul a Crank Brothers Candy Pedal

I've been browsing around VeloNewsTV when I saw this really nice video on overhauling a Crank Brothers pedal. Being a Crank Brothers user myself, I just felt that this wonderful information should be shared to others.

Check it out and let us know what you think.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

My First Bataan Killer Loop Ride

This is a nice surprise! Our dear bike mate, Paul David, uploaded our Bataan Killer Loop ride on YouTube. Now that's awesome! Check it out!

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Time to install them mud tires

The rainy days are here again and, unless you're into carrying your rig because the wheels are too caked up with mud that it won't turn anymore, it's time to install the mud tires.

For years I have always been using the same tire, whether it's raining or not. Now that I have a pair of Nevegals installed, I know that it's just going to cake up when I start riding the clay trails of San Mateo. So my quest for a pair of mud tires for this season begins.

I was initially planning to get a pair of Continental Cross Country 1.5s but it's not available at the moment, according to the person from the other line at Newton Bike Shop. Sadly, they don't know when the next shipment will be. For a while I was thinking of buying a pair online and having it shipped here, but with the taxes and other charges, it's just not worth it.

That would've been a blast. Imagine a pair of foldable 1.5-inch wide mud tires on your cross country rig. I used to ride these when I was biking in Batangas. I remember climbing the rockiest mountain of Batangas City with this slapped on my Spinergy Rev-X-Roks.

OK. So Plan A didn't work out well. Time for Plan B.

I called up the nearest bike shop in the office, Extreme Bike Shop, to see what nice mud tires they have in their collection. Leizl told me that they have a pair of Kenda King of Traction tires. Oh yeah! I dropped by their place as soon as I left work. Now they just have to be installed for testing this weekend.

I can't wait.
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