Thursday, October 28, 2010

Araw ng Siklista sa 17 Cities ng Metro Manila

I got this from PMTB, which was posted by Justie

The 17 Cities Bike Tour aka "Araw ng Siklista" is a bike caravan passing each of the 17 cities comprising Metro Manila.

The historic fun ride seeks to mobilize all bike clubs and enthusiasts from each of the 17 cities, to ride as one in pushing for bike-safe & bike-healthy Metropolis.

The caravan will make a brief stop in each of the municipalities to present bikers' petition to the city mayors, and to President Aquino II at the end of the ride in Quezon Memorial Circle. Environmental advocates and other Non-motorized transport stakeholders will join the Cyclists at QMC when the petition is presented to the President.

As a prelude to Nov.7 "Araw ng Siklista", a BIKERS' Forum/Workshop will be held on October 23 (time and venue to be announced later). Ideas and demands drawn during the forum will form the petition to be submitted on Nov. 7. The petition will be circulated in all localities to draw-in signatories who believe and support the clamor for clean air & bike-safe Metro Manila.

Events Schedule:
Registration Period: Oct - Nov 6, 2010

Registration is FREE!

*Registration forms can be requested and submitted at
For non-internet users, forms will be made available at your favorite bike shops and biker tambayans.

Submit or mail accomplished forms to :Cycad Office - #43 Malingap st. Teachers Village, Quezon City

For Queries you may call:Tel Nos. 926-6544 (ask for Kim)Or Txt: 0999-731-2935 - Roi; 0939-375-0575 - Monchie

Nov. 7 Sunday Event Schedule
5:30 am Assembly at Quezon Memorial Cirle (Fronting QC hall)
* QC bikers and clubs will start off at QMC.
* Local bikeclubs will merge with the caravan when the starting contingent reaches their city hall.
The partner bike club will then take their turn in leading the group till the next city and so on.

6:00 am Ride Start
5:30 pm ETA at QMR
Snack stops at 10 am & lunch at 12:00nn and ample water stations with partner LGUs.

Approx. Total Distance: 130.5 kms.
Ride Pace: 15-20 kph
Route: You can download the route at Cycling Advocates Facebook account or email us at for a copy.

What you need to have:
Helmet, Bike Blinkers, Bike Horn / Bell (optional), water bottle and snacks.
The yearning to see bike-safe & bike healthy streets a reality.
An open & friendly disposition to act in solidarity for the bikers' cause.

Skill Level: Basic (ability to keep 15-20 kph pace).

Event Attire:
All bike clubs will wear their respective club jerseys. All individual bikers can wear their favorite bike get-up and gimmick.

Have your bike tuned up a week before the event.Get enough sleep the day before and be early at the assembly area (QMC or your city hall).
Present your registration stub so you can be issued an event sticker and banner for the ride.

*All participants get a commemorative certificate of participation at the end of the ride.

Sama-sama para sa karapatan ng siklista sa malinis na hangin at ligtas na padyak sa

Let's support this event for a bike-safe and bike-safety community.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A 30-minute night ride inside our village

I got home earlier at about 8:00 pm.

After eating my dinner, I put out my laptop and surfed the net. Of course, I logged in first at mountain biking fora and visited other mountain biking websites.

Suddenly, I felt the urge of pedaling. So, I got out, got my bike (TweetyPot), and biked within our village for 30 minutes. I still wanted to pedal more but decided against it.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

My first century ride and first 5,000 kilometers

I've set a new record - doing a century ride. A century ride is 100 miles or 160.9 kilometers.

It was my ride from Novaliches to Silang, Cavite and back to Novaliches with a total of 104. 4 miles or 168 kilometers. I've done it in 10 hours and 30 minutes. With this ride, I also surpassed my first 5,000 kilometers.

My other long distance rides of 100 kilometers and more were:
Except for the Sierra Madre ride, these rides were done solo.

On my next long distance ride, I'd be attempting the Laguna loop with more than 190 kilometers. Better to start my training.

Monday, October 25, 2010

A ride for my very precious honey

About month ago, I found out about Ilog Maria, which sells pure honey. From Tagaytay City, we stopped over at Ilog Maria and bought honey. Due to limited supply, we were given 2 containers only of about 125 ml. per container.

My stocks ran out. So, yesterday, I pedaled all the way to Ilog Maria in Silang, Cavite to replenish my stocks.

I left home at 8:30 am.

At UP Diliman to breathe fresher air.

At the Philippine Marines Camp in Fort Bonifacio.

I was already hungry and had my lunch of fried bangus and adobong sitaw somewhere in Talaba, Bacoor, Cavite.

Rest at Dasmarinas, Cavite.

Another rest at Dasmarinas, Cavite. At this point, I was thinking of backing out. After some thought, I decided to go on.
Finally, I reached Ilog Maria. It's about some 84 kilometers from our place in Novaliches.

And, this is my very precious honey. Due to limited supply, Ilog Maria sells one container only of about 125 ml per customer. I was expecting I could buy two containers

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Am I riding a lemon?

My TweetyPot, a built 2010 Marin Alpine Trail 29er, is almost 3 months old only. But, I’m already experiencing problems with her.

I’m just wondering if the parts installed are weak or not compatible. Thus, making my bike a lemon.

First, I noticed the slipping handle bar grips. I had it fixed at Sabak Bike Shop, where I bought it. The mechanic just applied rugby. But, after a month, they’re slipping again

Second, it’s the problem with the chain. I had it fixed by the Sabak mechanic. But, the problem recurred. I try to have it fixed by other mechanics. Again, the problem keeps on recurring.

Third, the saddle was disengaged from its rails due to minor "semplang".

Fourth, when I rode it last Sunday, I heard noises from the front wheel. The culprit was the worn out hub bearings. I had fixed in one of the LBS along the way. So far, it's okay.

Fifth, when the mechanic carried the bike, the rear wheel fell off from the frame. It was re-attached and the bolt tightened.

I have another bike – a built 2009 KHS Alite 150, which is more than a year old. But, I’ve never encountered yet the above problems.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Ride with Team Adventureros

I joined the Team Adventureros ride yesterday (October 16). It was spearheaded by JesterEdquilag.

The route was supposedly Marikina to Cabading, Antipolo to Mt. Maarat to Timberland, San Mateo. But, at Cabading the group agreed to deviate - from Cabading, we passed by Boso-boso and Binayoyo before proceeding to Mt. Maarat. It made the ride longer by about 6 kilometers. The new route has some stretch of trails.

From our place in Novaliches, I pedaled all the way to the meeting place in McDo - Sumulong Highway; then pedaled all the way back home.

The bikers: JesterEdquilag, Jepoy, Kakaiba, EpoyRufinoJr, CaloyPalaboy, Kaniboy, FlyPhotoGuy, MikeOk, and me.

Pictures of the ride on the trails from Boso-boso to Binayoyo:

At the Timberland Heights

Unfortunately, on my way out from Maarat basic trails to Timberland Height, I lost control of my bike and crashed. Thanks to the good Samaritans who helped me back on my feet.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

One Wednesday afternoon ride to San Mateo

I was on leave yesterday (Wednesday) for some personal important matter. In the afternoon, I found time to bike and went to one of my favorite biking places - San Mateo, Rizal.

I left at around 2:00 pm and pedaled to San Mateo.

Monday, October 11, 2010

My first PMTB jersey

I already got my PMTB jersey last Sunday through the courtesy and efforts of Denz226. Thank you Papa Denz.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Saddle puzzle

Last September 18, I was on my way to Timberland Heights when I had a minor fall. As a result, the saddle was disengaged from its rails. I tried to replace it; but, I couldn't despite several attempts. So, what I did was I went to a biking friend who lives nearby and ask for his assistance. Fortunately, he has a spare saddle, which he lent to me.

At home, I tried to analyze the situation. The saddle was disengaged without deforming the saddle nor bending the rails. Therefore, it could be replaced.

However, my first try was a failure and so my subsequent attempts. I tried all tricks but to no avail. I brought the saddle to a local bike shop; but, the mechanic there couldn't repair it too.

I followed the advices of my online biking friends - to do the bending technique. This did the trick.