Saturday, August 29, 2009

No Long Weekend Ride for Me

It's another long weekend but it doesn't apply for me because of this event on Sunday. Bummer. Oh well.

To all those who are biking I pray that you all be safe. Have fun. And take lots of pictures if you can.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Biking in Manila: Fort Bonifacio Tracks (The Army Trail)

For those who are in Manila for a business trip and are staying in Makati City, this is the mountain bike trail nearest you. Located inside the Fort Bonifacio camp, this trail is about two kilometers long per loop made from about two lots inside the base.

You have two choices here: The easy trail and the hard trail.

It’s open on daily from 6:00 a.m..

You will need to bring a valid ID to get in the base. You're also required to wear your helmet at all times. I've yet to check if they bar foreigners from riding the trails because it's inside the base.

P50.00 per entry

How to go there:
From Ayala Avenue, cross EDSA to McKinley Road, take a right at 5th Avenue and then left at Bayani Road. The entrance to the camp is on your left before the road turns left.

Map :

Check out these photos from Mon Solo on Flickr.
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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Giro Ionos with a visor?!

While Giro's offering the Athlon to the public as the next generation E2, Lance Armstrong races in the Leadville Trail 100 using a Giro Livestrong Ionos with a visor! It goes to show just how poor mediocre the Athlon is as a cross country mountain bike helmet.

Now where do I line-up to get me one of them visored Ionos helmets? Been seeing them during rainy stages of some road bike races. This is the first time I saw it on dirt.

The photo is courtesy of Kurt Hoy of Singletrack.com.

Thoughts On My Bike

This film was by Andrea Dorfman for the 2009 NYC Bicycle Film Festival.

The link to this video was shared by one of the members from the Philippine Cycling Network. It was such an eye opener for me after I clicked on the link and watched the film.

Do me a favor. After you watch it from this blog, make it a point to share it with your friends. And if you have one, go out and bike.

Have a great Saturday.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Resurrecting an Old Friend: The Continental Avenue Semi-slick tires

Tomorrow, we'll be taking a break from the usual trails and hit the road on our mountain bikes to finally see for ourselves the monster climb that is the Sierra Madre. Many of our friends who tried it were telling stories of the epic route - on how relentless the climbs were.

With this, I'm resurrecting one of my old friends to help me in completing this quest. I'm talking about my trusty Continental Avenue semi-slick tires, of course.

This pair has been with me for about a decade and it hasn't failed me yet. In my years in Batangas, it took me to countless town fiestas and adventures to Mabini and beyond. The last time I used it was in a marshal training ride for the Tour of the Fireflies five years ago. After that, I unofficially retired it as I rode the trails more.

I installed it a few minutes ago to a bike it can hardly recognize (save for the Onza titanium bar-ends). I just hope that it's still strong enough to carry me to the top.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Quezon City Day Mountain Bike Ride

It was Quezon City Day yesterday - a much-needed non-working holiday for people working in good ol' QC. And what better way to spend it than a sweet mountain bike ride to one of its jewels - the La Mesa Nature Reserve!

It was raining on the way to the reserve, but the weather was superb when we got there. There was no rain but it wasn't hot either. And save for three other mountain bikers who joined the group, we had the whole park to ourselves that morning.

In the video are two of my officemates - Jun Punzal and Jonathan Mayo.

Thanks also to Chris, our guide.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

It's a stem, dammit!

This, my dear friends, is a bike part called the stem. So please do not call it a freakin' handlepost. No, it's not a headpost either.

Go to this online shop and this one and try to see if they sell a bike part called handlepost or a headpost. You can try looking for it in Wikipedia, if you like.

Only this "shop" calls it as such.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Travis Brown's Badass Leadville Bike

Of course the whole Leadville 100 race this year was all about Lance Armstrong beating Dave Wiens, and that he soloed for a huge part of the race after the infamous Columbine climb and finished with a flat tire. Congratulations are in order.

With that said, I now focus on what I think is the most interesting set-up for the whole race, and that is Travis Brown's Trek Top Fuel.

Many of us know Travis as one of the classic mountain bikers back in the 90's. Now semi-retired (If I'm not mistaken), he was brought in by Trek to help pace Lance in the 2009 Leadville 100 mountain bike race.

He did come, and he brought with him his secret weapon - a full-suspension Trek Top Fuel with a 2x10 SRAM/Shimano hybrid drivetrain and drop bars!

Check. It. Out.

It kinda reminds you of the early days of John Tomac riding the Mammoth Mountain Downhill Race on his Yeti equipped with a drop bar.

You can read up on this and see more pictures from the VeloNews article.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

New Shoes: Louis Garneau Trail Grip

Got myself a new pair of mountain bike shoes today, thanks to the wonderful guys at All Terra Bike Shop. It's a pair of Louis Garneau Trail Grip Shoes andfor only P2,900, it's definitely a steal! Fit is OK and the profile is wider than the relatively pointy Shimano M-151G that I have. Now I can retire my old ones hoping that maybe my toenails will start to grow this time.

Friday, August 14, 2009

It's all about Performance

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Glad I didn't flake!

I was thinking of flaking this morning's ride because of the weather. I checked the online report and it predicted that it will be raining. I texted King and asked him if it wad a go. "Game," he replied. And so I took out the bladder from the freezer and filled it with water, loaded my bike on the roof and left for Commonwealth Avenue to meet with King and his friends.

The ride was quite refreshing. With newbies in tow, it was a short pedal going to Giant, the sari-sari store at the end of the road in Timberland Heights. As predicted by Accuweather, we rode in the rain in some parts of the trip. But that was OK because it wasn't that hard and it added some spice to the ride.

Instead of doing the straight main road route, we took a slight detour to the Roxas trail for the nice fast downhill section. No, we didn't take the trail. We just rode the gravel road.

Check out the pics:

King and I

Outside the Giant Store

I'm looking forward to riding with this fun bunch again.

p.s. Notice my Oakley MFrames? Yup, managed to get a clear Hybrid S lens from Benjie of Joven Bike Shop yesterday. After today's ride, it's worth it!

Saturday, August 01, 2009

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