We started 2012 right by biking around UP.
We started 2012 right by biking around UP.
Toge and Mongoks
Enjoying the last few days of 2011
Last December 16, Mindanao was hit by Typhoon sendong that left 600+ dead and thousands homeless. My bike group (TSP) organized a charity ride to collect donations and bring it over to the dropoff center at Ateneo.
Loaded and ready to roll. (You gotta appreciate how spacious the back of a Hyundai Getz is.)
Met up with Mike and Haze at U.P. ahead of time and had quick dinner at R.O.C.
Noel Colet, playing Jewel Mische’s dad at Maria del Barrio, was there to too.
On their way to Ateneo.
So many firsts in this ride:
First long ride with Tiklop Society of the Philippines
First long ride with Toge
First ride while raining
First time to see Hinulugang Taktak falls
First time to see Angono Petroglyphs
First time to eat a frog
First time to eat a cricket
Ride leader Ronx, showing us the hand signals.
First emergency stop, a couple of KMS after passing the Valley Golf gate. One of us got a flat tire. Good thing we have 2 bike mechanics with us.
Along Magsaysay Avenue.
Finally made it through our first checkpoint. Never been here so I was excited to see the falls.
I almost fell bringing Toge down to the falls. The view is worth it. Good thing you can’t smell the water from the photo.
Next stop, Ynares Center.
Toge and Harabas (Marlon the Bike Beautician’s Jetstream)
Another emergency stop due to a flat tire. We had a total of 5 flat tires and a derailed chain emergency throughout the ride.
The way to the Petroglyphs is between a long downhill ride. We actually enjoyed going down around 40KPH that we missed this. Paid the price by climbing up the hill back to the sign.
The only offroad part on this ride. Short but sweet. I’m glad to say that the Schwalbe Marathon Racer (20″1.5″) held nicely on the entire trail
To get to the Petroglyphs, you will need to pass through a short tunnel.
Sir Roy’s Tron Bike, a LED adorned Strida SD, lit the whole tunnel blue.
The light at the end of the tunnel.
The Petroglyphs, the oldest known work of art in the Philippines. Dating back to 3000 BC.
Rain and fog covered the nice view of the mountains and river.
The long way up.
Toge and the higantes (giants).
Our last checkpoint. Here you can order exotic foods like frogs and…..
The restaurant is a tiklop (folding) bike friendly establishment.
Back to point A after 10 hours.
First time to see University of the Philippine’s annual lantern parade. Well, I wasn’t able to really see the entire parade since my bike club joined in it together with the UP Mountaineers.
We met at the “paper planes” waiting shed.
Striders leading the pack.
Every TSP ride is not complete without food. Here’s the class picture at Kabab Korner.
Meet Toge, A Dahon Jetstream P8.
The cutest mechanic ever.
First she aligns the front wheel.
Then moved on to inspect the frame
Finally she checked my pedals. Checking everything to ensure Daddy won’t get hurt riding.
After getting Mongo, there isn’t room at our house for two 26″. Unfortunately, I have to let go of Nightcrawler and get a smaller folding bike. Here’s a collection of our adventure together.
Birth of Nightcrawler, Dahon Jack D24. I named this bike after the teleporting mutant because of the cobalt blue color.
Break-in ride with Biton and Ashley.
First time the quartet rode together.
At Sir JR’s place. Kamuning Road, QC.
Overpass at Quezon Avenue, QC.
With Pubik at UP Diliman, QC.
Almost all stock parts.
After some upgrades.
Nightcrawlers setup when riding around with Margaux.
Solo ride at UP.
At the 1st Bike Adventure Race, Clark Airfield, Pampanga.
At the Socobia bridge.
On the way to Kamikaze West Airfield
Group shot after the race. We were the only all-folding-bike team to join.
Tune-up at Junni’s after the adventure race.
Thursdate at UP.
Start of “2nd Araw ng Siklista” a 116KM bike ride around the 17 municipalities of Metro Manila.
Stop over at Manila.
Enjoyed a little program while resting.
Pinaglabanan Shrine, San Juan city.
Nightcrawler with CYCAD’s SAG vehicle at Paranaque City.
Laguna de Bay, Bicutan.
End of the ride at QC City Hall.
Last pic before we ride home.
Back at sir JR’s place.
After the Bike to Light ride, Camp Aguinaldo, QC.
Nightcrawler and Mongo
It fits perfectly in my Getz.
My last photo of Nightcrawler.
I will miss this bike for sure.
Santa came early to see me this year. Alright, I demanded for it when I saw that this was available from my local bike shop (LBS).
Mongo is a 2012 Mongoose Fireball 26″ dirt jump bike.
Side by side with Nightcrawler, a Dahon Jack D24.
First upgrade, white Jagwire cables for both brakes and derailer
Replaced it’s short seatpost with a 350mm x 27.2 Raceface Ride.
At Nissan, Quezon Avenue
At the Delta area overpass
At Glorious Bike Shop, the birthplace of all my bikes so far.
At Charlie’s Pritchon, along Kalayaan.
Merienda break at Stop Over Tummy, Panay Avenue corner Timog Avenue.
Like my Jack, it also fits nicely inside my car… sort of.
Bike to light is a program to promote solar-powered bulbs. Cyclist’s were invited to participate on this campaign by delivering these from Camp Aguinaldo to San Juan. A short ride for a great advocacy.
Loot bags containing a complete solar-powered light bulb. Bikers will carry one of this to San Juan City Hall.
Cycling Advocates’ (CYCAD) araw ng siklista is mass critical ride around all the 17 municipalities of Metro Manila. That’s a whopping 116km ride. It aims to raise awareness for bike-friendly roads and clean air. It starts from Quezon City up to Valenzuela then Navotas down to Malabon then Manila and so on….
Quick speech and briefing at QC Memorial Circle before riding out.
First stop at Malabon City Hall.
Next, we stopped at Manila for some short program for all the cyclists.
Getting here at San Juan was a bit of a challenge, thanks to it’s hilly terrain.
Passed through Mandaluyong roundabout.
Finally, a brief lunch break at Makati City.
No stop till Las Pinas. We weren’t able to catch up with the peloton. Here we are, resting beside the road and figuring out our Plan B.
CYCAD’s SAG Vehicle.
John and Pubik hopping on the SAG vehicle due to posing leg cramps.
Start of my solo ride, Laguna lake at Bicutan area.
Waiting for the others after an uphill at Taguig City.
Quick rest at Eastwood, Libis area.
At last, back to QC after almost a whole day of biking.
Certificate or recognition for completing the ride.
My friends and I joined the 1st Bike Adventure Race at Clark Airfield, Pampanga. Imagine a team of four, on bikes, doing “Amazing Race” stuff.
While waiting for the race to begin.
First control point.
The names of the captains are found on the bodies of these aircrafts.
Next control point, find a certain tombstone and take note of the dog’s name buried underneath it.
Here, we were asked to carry a cup of water to a certain point just by using this handkerchief. Each one of us is only allowed to hold a corner of the handkerchief to lift the plastic cup. Teamwork was the key.
Trying to figure out where we are and how to get to Socobia bridge.
Mike rapelled from the bridge to get a stamp from this control point.
Haze’s tasked was to carry this sack of water on her head from point A to B and back. John, at the background, providing moral support for Haze.
Though we ran out of time to finish all 15 control points, we’re still glad that we were recognized for being the only all-folding-bikes team that joined.
Me, Rhecel and Margaux the day after the race. We stayed overnight at Fontana.
Bought a Polisport baby bike seat so Margaux and I can ride together. I also got her a Lazer juvenile helmet.
At first, Margaux refused to wear her helmet. After a few tries, we discovered that the trick was to start moving immediately after putting it on. She got entertained with the motion and scenery so much that she forgot she is wearing one.
After 10KM. Looks like she had a great time to me.
Here is what kept me busy the recent months
My first bike, a Dahon Jack D24. A full-sized 26″ folding bike being setup at the bike store. I named it “Nightcrawler” because it’s cobalt-blue color reminded of the teleporting mutant.
Nightcrawler’s break-in ride at U.P., together with Mike’s “Ashley” and Hazel’s “Biton”
Our first time to ride together at BGC. We have all Dahon’s possible wheel sizes Biton 16″, Pubik 20″, Ashley 24″ and Nightcrawler 26″.
Our bike group’s first Mass Critical Ride: Livestrong Ride 2011. We stopped here, to take photos of landing planes.
What I took using my phone.