Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Celebrating the First Year Anniversary of the Mindoro Bikepackers

I am celebrating the first year anniversary of our four-day Mindoro bike tour in an airport lounge waiting for our flight to Hong Kong rather than doing another epic ride to who-knows-where.

If you ask me, I'd rather be awake at this time of day, pedaling to some remote place in this country where I haven't been before. I long for the uncertainty on where we'll get our next meal, or not knowing the actual distance is to the town where we're spending the night.

But there's 2012 for that.

To Domeng, Eric and Ed who joined in the epic adventure of my life that is Mindoro, happy anniversary and thank you for being there. I'm looking forward to more epic rides with you guys next year.

On our anniversary, I actually edited the Mindoro Bikepackers movie and added excerpts of Ed's interview plus some of the videos Domeng and Eric took. I havne't uploaded it though. In the meantime, you can reminisce again by watching the old video.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

The Future is in Two Wheels

This entry is from our guest blogger, Missy Galang, of Buddybuilders

I have never been to an Auto Show in my life.

Yet this year, I was invited to go to the Manila Auto Salon 2011 held at the SMX Convention Center last November 24-27, 2011.

Having watched all The Fast and the Furious movies, I knew to expect crazy customized cars, booming stereos, out of this world paint jobs and skimpily clad girls.

Well, it was all that and more.

With this year’s theme as “Mad about styling and tuning”, the event promised to be a mind-blowing display of creatively customized cars. Indeed, the show exceeded all expectations with over 130 styled, modified, and tuned cars, trucks, and SUV's on display.

Some people went for the cars, some people went for the girls, some people went out of curiosity, but I went to look at bikes.

Yes. bicycles.

These days, the newest “toy” people are going crazy over don’t have four wheels; they have two.

More and more, we see Filipinos on bikes weaving their way through the city roads. Racing in two wheels is kicking in in high gear and many have caught the bug for customizing their bikes.

If you think about it, these bikes fit the theme perfectly. Joining the event are Dan’s Bike Shop and Bike Town Cyclery who brought in an exhibit from the Terry Larazabal Bike Festival.

Amid the booming sounds, racing games, sexy girls and trophies is a quiet little corner displaying the Terry Larrazabal Bike Festival exhibit.

It featured a stunning display of multi-discipline bicycles with everything from Triathlon bikes, MTB, Road BMX and more. Needless to say, there was much to ogle at.

Everything was impressive, but my personal favorites are the clean white Parlee TT, the Ibis Mojo HD and the classic beauty—the Sycip Crossdresser.

One wouldn’t think a bike would belong at an Auto Show, yet the presence at the Auto Salon was a sign that the cycling community getting bigger and more active.

There are countless races and social bike meets, yet I wait for the day when we can hold a full-on bike show. At the rate we’re going, I think we don’t have to wait too long.

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