Sunday, February 27, 2011

Testing my new tire

For two days, I rode TweetyPot on roads and trails to test her new rear tire.

Yesterday, after installing the new rear tire, I pedaled all the way to San Mateo, Rizal, climbed Timberland, and rode on Mt. Maarat trails.

This morning, I again pedaled all the way to San Mateo, Rizal via the trails of Pangarap, Caloocan City North and Macabud, Rodriguez then pedaled around Marikina City.

At the Macabud trail:

My lunch of cheeseburger with carrot juice at Mama Chit's in Calumpang, Marikina City:

Saturday, February 26, 2011

My new rear tire

The stock rear tire of my 2010 Marin Alpine Trail 29er is already balding after about six months of use. It's a WTB Prowler 2.1.

And, this morning, I replaced it with another WTB tire - a Wolverine 2.2. It's worth P1,400.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Bike lanes in the Philippines

It's good news! Sen. Manny Villar filed a bill (no. 2688) promoting the use of bicycles as alternative mode of transportation to fight the worsening traffic conditions, air and noise pollutions, and increasing costs of fuel and fares.

The bill provides the creation of bike lanes or bike ways in main roads and highways as well as bike parkings nationwide.

A Local Bikeways Office would be created to take charge of the implemenation of policies, rules, and regulations pertinent to the Bicycle Act, including the registration of bicycles using the bike ways.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

My second century ride

Together with another golden biker, Arci, I made my second century ride. The route was Novaliches to Tagaytay via Amadeo, Cavite and back to Novaliches. This is my longest ride so far with a total of around 180 kilometers in 16 hours.

Meet-up at Petron Station - Philcoa

Arci and I

Arci's young friends, Nelson and Siegfred, joined us in Rosario, Cavite

Nelson's rear derailleur broke. It's temporarily fixed.

One kilometer more

Finally, we arrived Mahogany Market for our lunch of bulalo and crispy tawilis

Sunday, February 6, 2011

My new best time for Timberland climb

From 21 minutes, it's now 20 minutes and 30 seconds.

I made my new record this morning. I biked out late at 9:00 am and pedaled all the way. I arrived in San Mateo, Rizal an hour later. After a 10-minute rest, I attacked The Wall and broke my record.

Fortunately, the weather was conducive and there were already less bikers going up.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

My seventh fall

I suffered my seventh fall this morning since I've gone clipless more than a month ago.

It happened at the uphill trail from the AFP Housing to Mt. Maarat. I was pedaling and balancing my bike between the ruts. Unfortunately, my front tire fell into a rut at the left side. I lost my balance and fell to the right. I was able to unclip my right foot; but, it was too late. I already hit the ground.

Luckily, I just suffered a mongo size scratch on my right elbow.

It's another lesson learned.

NB. My first sixth falls happened while I was at a stop position.