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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Rules of Mountain Biking


I found this nice video shared by a friend on Facebook. After I watched it, I figured that what this guy's saying is right. So I post it here in my blog to share with you guys. If you're a mountain bike beginner, I think this applies to you more. Watch it and let me know what you think in the comments section below.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Saturday Morning Fun Ride in Batangas City



Actually, I nicknamed this ride as the Prodigal Son's ride. I haven't been to Batangas City in years. I think the last time I was there was for the EBD mountain bike marathon. After that, I've always avoided going back and opted to ride somewhere in Manila instead.

Well, that ended yesterday.

A few weeks ago, I sent out a message to two of my closest riding buddies there on Facebook and invited them for a nice leisurely ride. I told them to take me to an offroad trail rather than an asphalted road, if possible.

At 4:45 in the morning yesterday, I loaded my bike and gear in the car and drove to Batangas City. the drive was nice and fast except for the usual traffic-prone spots (i.e., tollgate exit and the Turbina-Sto. Tomas highway).

It was actually my first time to try out the STAR tollway stretch from Lipa to Batangas City. Before, I had to exit in Lipa and take the national highway to Batangas City.

I met the boys at SM City Batangas. From there, they took me to a nearby trail network. It was nothing like La Mesa, but still I'm surprised that they had this area all along.

From Pallocan, we ended up in a Mahogany plantation in San Isidro before heading back to the city.

The ride finished with the usual freshly cooked pancit and fried rice from Crossroads.

Wanna try it this out? Check out the map of the ride here:

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Bring the life back to your shifters with fresh cables

It's been three years since I last changed my bike's shifter cables. I just realized that when I searched the archives of this blog and found my post on it. No wonder my shifting wasn't as crisp.

After yesterday's extra hot ride in La Mesa with the dudes and dudettes of PhilMoFo, I brought the bike to All Terra in Julia Vargas Avenue to have it washed. When I was there, I saw a nice set of red Jagwire shifter cable housing and decided - what the heck! I might as well have my shifter cables replaced since I'm there anyway. It wasn't shifting that well anyway despite the lube.

Now my bike's silver, red and black. Sweet!

Check out the pictures!

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You can see the other photos in my Flickr album.

Let me know what you think! :)

Friday, April 02, 2010

Bisikleta Iglesia in Manila

The Visita Iglesia is part of the Filipino Catholic tradition during Holy Week. Starting Maundy Thursday to Good Friday, devotees visit 14 churches each representing the Stations of the Cross.

When I was in Batangas City, I did several Visita Iglesias. But instead of driving from one town to the other, visiting their churches, we rode our bikes. It actually started in the early '90s with a group of friends. Now, It ballooned to more than a hundred cyclists from the City and its neighboring towns. The event starts at around 7:00 in the morning with the Laurel Park as the official assembly point and ends at around 2:00 p.m. in Batangas City's Basilica of the Immaculate Concepcion as the final station.

I haven't joined them since the terrible mix-up with the EBD Mountain Bike Marathon years ago. (That's another story.)

Today, I was able to relive the tradition again when I joined Lars Sandejas, Jay Perez and 19 more mountain bikers in a Bisikleta Iglesia in Manila.

We visited eight churches for this trip, starting with the Redemptorist Church in Baclaran and then moved on to the Malate Church, the San Agustin Church, the Manila Cathedral, the Binondo Church, Sta. Cruz Church, San Sebastian Church and the San Beda Church. There were some who still carried on to Sto. Domingo Church in Quezon Avenue, but Jay, Chris, Ray and I broke off and pedaled home.

It was nice riding in Metro Manila during Good Friday. Except for the really busy areas, most of the roads were empty. It felt like we were in Will Smith's I am Legend.

Overall, it was really fun. I think I'll be doing this again next year, but maybe I think I should do solo, start early and try to plot out a map going through 14 churches.

All Terra King of the Mountain Race Video

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