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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Keeping up with the Jays

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines, November 26  2015

Today I biked to OL at Bugarin.  On the way to OL from Lagundi, somebody passed me and I chased him.  I found out that his name is Joey from Fairview, QC.   He was on 39 x 14 while was at 44 x 15.  I was not left behind, and even left him from km 55 up to 57, and after Biak na bato at the last right hand bend.

On the way back, I chanced another biker.  He left me after ascending Biak na bato.  Again, another chase and he held back as we descended to the Pililla municipal hall.  Then we got side by side and later learned that his name is Jay Vergara, from Marikina, a student, only 18 years old.  He said he is a climber and does not do well in sprint.  He said he placed 10th in a TT from Pililla to mun hall and back, race. Again up to Morong, we paced together.  He even said I was doing 35 when I tried to leave him from the Baras Tanay hill..

So there you are two Jays:   Joey and Jay.

Oh I nearly forgot,  Aries from BCC was accompanying two young riders and they overtook me at Morong market. I chased them again and kept abreast until they turned right to the diversion.  By that time I was short of breath and peeled off.

Close Encounters of the Dangerous Kind

Wheels of Happiness

November 26, 2015

Last week, I had dangerous close encounters with vehicles:  

1.  Going up the Beverly hills, a Montero Sports SUV whizzed by and I would swear it was by only 3 mm, and got nearly clipped, because I zig zagged as I went up.

2.  At Tayuman, a Fortunner who was trying to avoid a tricycle going to the new Binangonan Market, swerved  to the right and nearly hit me.

3.  In Darangan, the other week,  too, a Vios did not avoid me as I avoided an excavation.  The car did not avoid me and nearly hit me.

4.  Today, as I was climbing Bugarin, two vehicles, a tourist bus and also another SUV did not avoid me.  "Ginitgit ako sa damuhan."

Kailangan ingat at pasyensya sa mga mayayamang may kotse, mga bus driver na kailangang matutong igalang ang karapatan ng siklista.

Unless this happens, biking in MM as a mass transport system will find difficulty in implementation.  Maraming mabubuwis na buhay

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Changing my bike gears again!?

Wheels of Happiness

Angono, Rizal Philippines
November 12, 2015

I changed the gears of my bike from 12x 28 to 11 x 36, and the chain rings to triplet (from 53 x 39 to 44, 32, and 22)  I changed my changer to 105 triplet.  However, I noticed the gears to be uneven and noisy with the changers.The inner guide of the changer would rub with the chain.

So I decided to:

1.  Use only two chain rings of the triplet:  the 44 and the 32 since I am not using the 22 any way (come Mt. Province and other rides, I would use them again.  But for now, I would be happy with just two chain rings. 

2.  Re install the 12 x 28 cogs for smoother gear changes.

I was able to change these gears in a jiffy. Tomorrow, let me see how the gears work.