Thursday, October 30, 2014

A faulty gear changer/loose chain can be dangerous

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VM told me and he was able to talk to Ado that the reason for the crash in Antipolo, somewhere in one way lanes,when we were in Caliraya was a faulty derailleur that caused his chain to wrap around the rear wheel that caused a sudden stop that caused him to crash.

I think this happened to me at km 52 near the Baras Tanay boundary. The reason here was chain breakage that pulled the rear pulley away and oh yes, I too stopped suddenly.  The good thing was the place where the accident happened was going uphill so the speed was not great.

But I was nearly rear ended by bikers from Binangonan.

So guys watch for those chains  -  check if they are loose, check the nuts, cables of your derailleur, if some of them are coming off...

Maintain your bike well....Ingat....

Bike ride a day keeps the doctor away

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I had my recovery run today (after the Laguna loop/Victoria Laguna ride) to Morong Rizal  I met about a dozen riders today on the road and 3 of them are Recyclists:  Abet, Edgar, Rommel Unidad, and Tito Fabay.

I started at 6:30 am and was in the office by 8:30 am

Not riding but on the way to Binangonan  Convention Center was Peter Anonuevo.  I think I heard him greet me and he was a blur at 40 kmh.  And then I biked back to talk to him

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

How to remove flabs fast and get six pack abs

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Try this for two weeks and see how you can be stronger, leaner and more attractive you.  From You Tube

To bathe and not to bathe after a long ride under the heat of the sun, that is the question?

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Rizal, Philippines  | October 28, 2014

Pasma - from Stuart Exchange

Is Pasma real from Phil Urban Legend

Nearing the end of our Laguna Lake loop ride, at the end of C6 we discussed the grime and dirt on our legs and the sand in our hair (from the water splash of tires on wet road). Shall we take a bath or shower when we reach home.

Peter says he did, but his vision becomes blurred.   Master said he did too but he gets numb fingers and limbs.  So they both stopped.

Peter A suggested a sponge bath:   face towel dipped in warm water and alcohol.

According to him, there is no pasma among Westerners or doctor.   But what happens if you fire a rock and drench it with water - it cracks doesnt it?  Or a glass that is heated and then doused with water?

Will it not affect your body?

What do you think?

Monday, October 27, 2014

C6 is now passable but for bikers....

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Rizal Philippines  October 27, 2014

Contrary to our fears, C6 is passable and they must have patched up the holes.  There is however a continuous length of about a meter wide excavation (at the Bicutan side there are numerous portion of cave ins)

It is still dust filled at the portion (about 500 meters) approaching the Napindan bridge that is pock marked.  It can cause your teeth to fall off or can liquify your brain due to strong vibrations.  (This is where I lost my nose pad?)

That is good news for many motorists fearing C6 and our past posts....

They need to complete the repairs though

Some brilliant moments of Jorgeusbiker in ride to Victoria

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Rizal Philippines  October 27, 2014

Am happy with my ride yesterday:

1.  Was just one of the 12 who had the courage to join and complete the ride. I did not have any mechanical trouble flat, missing shift with my SARS cum ultegra group set.   My Fuji's shift mechanism were not up to par.

2. I did the Sacred Heart to Pisong Kape ride in under one hour.  First time ever.  It usually took me 1:10 on a tt mode to do this.

3.  I overtook the peloton from Famy to Pakil.  I was ahead of them to take their pictures.

4.  From Sta Cruz to up to Pila, I was in tune with the peloton.  I had to give up because they were doing 40 kph;  I could only do better than 30.

5.  From Victoria to Los Banos, I kept pace with Master and Val.

Victoria's (Laguna) Secret

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Rizal Philippines  October 27, 2014

The poblacion of Victoria is not visible located near the highway;   its market and munisipyo is located near the lakeshore.  It is quite odd for a municipality

Access to the municipality is from the barrio near the highway at Barangay Balite where hundreds of tricycle wait for commuters to be brought to the town proper some 4 km away.   One of its road network leads to Pila.

The ducks in the farm we visited are still fed with "suso" shells from Laguna Lake (there are none in Rizal now due to silting and pollution. Thus the yolk of the duck eggs at Victoria are golden yellow -  because it is organic.  Our hostess told us that somebody who had terminal cancer recovered by eating 6 organic duck eggs daily.

Thus her farm which has fish tanks, native chicken layers, and which grows vegetables and dragon fruit can be source of branded organic products?

Victoria ride yesterday - October 26, 2014 with an added bonus - round Laguna

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Rizal Philippines  October 27, 2014

Sorry guys; no pics for this post.  I lost the camera and the pics of our ride today.  The loss could have happened at the store where we "istambayed" or from there up to home.  The camera could have dropped from my jersey pocket.


Who joined the ride:

Albert Amora








Master E

Pres Luis



Thursday, October 23, 2014

Preparing for Victoria ride this Sunday

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I have contacted Ms. Linda Chua of Victoria Laguna, one of the owners of large duck farming in Victoria that we will going there this coming Sunday. She asked what preparation she would have?

I relayed nothing.

Ms Linda Chua is a long time customer and friend.

To prepare for this, I did a ride to Pililla yesterday. Today I rode to Antipolo City.  i met Armin there in Antipolo church.  He said he is not ready for the Victoria ride.

I will fly to Iloilo tomorrow and be back Saturday evening.  i hope I am properly rested for the Victoria ride.

Will many join the Victoria ride?  I hope so....

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

My practice bike ride to Pililla today October 22, 2014

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Angono, Rizal Philippines   | October 22, 2014

I had a practice ride today to Pililla.  I left the Sacred Heart Parish at 6:30 am and arrived at KM 58, a distance of 30 km at 7:35.  I missed the one hour time by 5 minutes (the standard of Gerry and Armin)  I was back at Angono by 9:30.  It would have been 9:00 had I not stopped at Morong.  I think however that I have been  improving with this ride.

There must have been 30 riders (mostly roadies) whom I met today having practice rides.  One of them is Tito Fabay whom I met at Pililla.

The other was Tristan, a balikbayan who lives in Bilibiran now, (used to live at San Mateo, California, USA)  He says he is running a printing press business

Tips on removing body flabs - reduce your waistline and improve your bike speed and endurance

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Natural health on You tube - burning body fats

Monday, October 20, 2014

I want to be a better rider despite my advancing age; did I yesterday?

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Angono, Rizal  Philippines   |  October 20, 2014

I think and I hope I am right that yesterday was one of my best bike ride ever, considering that I was tired from my commute ride visit to San Fernando La Union before, and ride home today from San Fernando, to Dagupan via San Carlos City. I had complete night rest, had plenty of water and right mindset.

From Angono to Morong

We spun from Angono to Morong.  I rode up to the head of the peloton, and when the group of Argonauts overtook us I gave a chase which I was able to do up to convention center.  The peloton took the cue and they took over the chase chore.  I was able to catch up with VM, Luis and Gerry at Morong (Namay)

Our schedule yesterday was to ride to Victoria and then downgraded to Jalajala cemetery

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Angono,  Rizal Philippines   |  October 20, 2014

               Alan, Armin and Pres Luis

We read an FB post that we would ride to Victoria yesterday.  As we waited long for other riders, Armin and Luis watered down the ride to Jalajala cemetery.  There was also this Donaire fight.

We assembled at about 6 am... And left some 15 minutes later

                       Armin, Alan and Val

Thus we left late and we rode to Morong. and had our lugaw fare at Simples Lugawan.  There was just  one food server and it took us long to have our fare.

 VM Val, Gerry K, Jess at the left,   Armin and Alan at the right
                          Engr June presiding

These argonauts pushed us to our limits

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Angono, Rizal Philippines   |  October 20, 2014

        They say that after I took their picture, they are marked men.  Hahaha.  That is a sign of admiration sirs....

These very young riders caught up with us in Darangan Binangonan Rizal while we were spinning towards Morong.  I tried to give a chase, which was a mistake.  The swarm, the peloton caught up with me at Convention Center and I was left behind.

They say they are from Taytay, they are their 20s (1/3 my age) and their bikes are all Argon. (Hence the title of this post is Argonauts.)

However I caught up with VM, Luis and Val at Morong Rizal... Trying to catch up with strong riders raises our lactate levels, limits of our speed and endurance.

                   Ang kabataan ang pag asa ng bayan"

         According to them their Argon bikes are cheap

Some new ideas for your bike - from Engr June Francisco

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Angono, Rizal  Philippines  | October 20, 2014

                       The Exustar carbon fiber pedal (I have an Exustar in my Fuji CF but only the alloy one)

                          VMs Durace pedal

Eng June is a manager at a famous car aircon company in Canlubang Laguna. He is very well versed in TPS, Kaizen and innovation in all things mechanical (he is a mechanical engineer)

And his bike bear stamps of innovativeness and his engineering background.

He has installed an Exustar carbon fiber pedal (which he claims is superior to his current Look pedal which he sold for only P1t to Secx Noe - I should have known last week) which he bought from Marauders (a new bike shop in town, near his place in Antipolo. The new pedal he said,

     1.  weighs only 85 grams
     2.  has titanium shaft (that means it is very strong even in crashes it wont bend)

     Wow, and costs only P6t+

 He also had SS PVC coated shift cable which cost P150 each.  That means to say no more broke shift cable from rusting.

Maybe you should install one in your bike....

We had a great time at Punta Jalajala; Victoria Laguna ride called off for next week

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Angono, Rizal  Philippines  | October 20, 2014

Because we left late, and there was this Donaire fight (which the former lost) Pres Luis decided to call off the Victoria Laguna ride.  Instead he said, we should just ride to Jalajala cemetery   And then when we were there, he said we should instead do a round Jalajala ride, to which I said is estafa.  Many would not have gone with the ride, if they knew it was a round Jalajala ride (it is a tough ride).

So as a compromise, we just said, just 10 km ride to Punta.  We had been before and we a had minalot lunch there.
But there is a fantastic view there.

The Recyclists enjoyed the sight and stayed there for sometime for picture taking

Who joined the ride today?


Abet V



Gerry K

Pres Luis


Eddie Green Lantern





Engineer June




These bikes are worth million

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Rizal  Philippines   | October 20, 2014

I realized that some bikes that we park at Barangay Hall near Simples Lugawan are worth millions.  Take a look:

             Tarmac  -  P200t, Look 200t Argon 200t Colnago  -  P400t  = total P1 million

Posing with VMs latest Colnago bike

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Rizal Philippines  |   October 20, 2014

                    Peter A and VMs Colnago C59

We had fun yesterday posing with the C59 Colnago of VM.  It was rumored to have cost over 400 big K. You cant see a great expensive bike everyday....  So  a lot of guys (me included) posed a number of shots with Col

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Now I know the meaning of being edgy, after having ridden side by side with 20 wheeler trucks

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Rizal Philippines   | October 16, 2014

This morning I brought my Fuji bike again to the fiberglass shop to have the front derailleur repaired.  The initial repair did not last and had to be repaired.  However on the way, there were two very long 20 wheelers (hauling gravel and sand from LaFarge quarry in Angono to Megawide)  The truck drivers were rather competitive and had a lot of hustle.  As he drove he was driving towards the edge of the road and I had to ride carefully because I might fall and run over by the long truck.

On the way back I passed 5 long trucks. Of course we do not want to be frightened by these behemoths lest we lose control and crash.

I had to ride close to right side of the road, at the edgy.  Now I know what i means to be edgy.

Everyday when we ride we are at risk:   MC on counterflow;   jeepneys riding, buzzing close by, pedestrians suddenly crossing the street;  cars speeding by as we speed with only inches to spare.   And now these huge long trucks, driving fast on narrow roads in Muzon.

 God bless our ride always.

Ride to Victoria Laguna this week end?

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Rizal Philippines   |  October 16, 2014

Gerry Catapang told me that there will be a ride to Victoria Laguna by this week end.  However, we will return via Bugarin.  I suggested that we ride towards Calamba and do a round Laguna instead.  He said that others are objecting because of the bad condition of C6.  We could ride carefully C6 or if not we ride C5.

Are you joining?

 I am not sure because I am going to Pangasinan on Saturday.  I hope I can return on the same day...

Monday, October 13, 2014

My practice endurance ride yesterday - long ride to Pililla via Antipolo

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Rizal Philippines   |October 13, 2014

            Secx Noe and Engr June (just trimmed haircut)

My practice endurance ride yesterday, October 2 took me up to Antipolo Church and then to Simples Lugawan in Morong in Pililla.

I met a cyclists at Antipolo Church who hails from San Carlos City, where one of our businesses were located.  He plans to put up with a partner from Angono, a motorcycles parts store in Baytown.  More power Sir

I met Gerry, Secx Noe, and Engr June at Simples Lugawan.

I saw the landslide along the road going up to Beverly Hills as result of heavy rains last Saturday.  It is interesting to note that I now pass MTBs and other road bikers going up Antipolo.  There was one who passed me but I caught up with him past Beverly Hills.

Ven - "we will no longer join long rides"

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Rizal Philippines   |  October 13, 2014

                    Ven at extreme right, Gerry at the center

I visited Ven this morning and inquired how they did after the collapse from Pagsanjan last Sunday, October 5, 2014.  They (Gerry, Joel and Chito - the Mit boys) and him rode from Pagsanjan to Bugarin at Navarra, apparently tired.

According to Ven, he had 1.  huge cramps, 2. it was indeed a punishing ride and said that he and the guys who rode with him would not join the long rides again.  3.  It was dyahe because I did not collapse.

I said no such nonsense as the #2 because maybe they lacked the endurance ride.  More endurance ride will solve the cramping.

We hope to see you again in long ride.

We plan to bike to Sorsogon in December right?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

One of the most challenging rides ever was to #Majayjay, Laguna

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Rizal Philippines   | October 8, 2014

Wiki on Majayjay

                   As steep or steeper than Eastridge

I thought that the Caylabne ride was the most challenging.  But I did not have to walk the rest of the hill. And used a bike with 53 39 chainring.  At #Majayjay, I had 34 small chainring.

From Magdalena, I chased the group, and even followed Chito up to the junction at the head of the pack.  And then I was toasted.  We rested for quite a while at the Junction but it did not help us much not to walk

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Repairing the front #Campagnolo changer in #Fujiko

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Rizal Philippines  |   October 7, 2014

The chain guide of the front Campy derailleur cracked and I had difficulty in having the chain in the chain ring when I shift the front derailleur.  Boyet Flores did some band aid repair by having cable tie hold the steel and the carbon fiber part together.

It was good for a while, however, when we went to Caliraya, the cable tie left the changer and the Fuji chain jumped.

Is #Jorguesbiker improving?

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Rizal Philippines  | October 7, 2014

Is Jorgeusbiker improving?  I think the answer is a resounding yes.  The only thing is that I do not have the finishing kick until the end, and my strength peters out at the last.  Some instances when I showed out that I can keep pace with the boys:

1.  I was near the top of the peloton from Sacred Heart until near the convention center; then the peloton overtook me.

2.  At Bugarin, I led until km 63 when the peloton overtook me.

3.  I was able to chase Gerry Y at Famy at Pangil boundary.  He said he relaxed when he saw that nobody was behind but he was not able to overtake me until  Manay

Monday, October 6, 2014

Choronology of our ride to #Majayjay yesterday, and photo album

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Rizal Phlipppines  | October 6, 2014

         Jeff and I rode together from Angono to Sacred Heart

                         Luis and Nolite;  VM is not riding

                          Bikes waiting for the riders



Assembly at Sacred Heart Parish   -   5:30

Departure for Pisong Kape             -   6:10

                      Breakfast at Pisong Kape

                With teen food servers Justine and....


                  Ado and Chito view what remained of the bfast

                  Letting the lugaw sink in.  Jeff and Jericho

                    Gerry Y adds more weight
             Vec attaches new cable for rear changer;  he got from Luis and could not find one in Tanay.  Otherwise he would have to go home without the changer.

                       Our new domestic:  Choco2 inflates tires

Arrival at Pisong Kape                     -  7:10

We met Gerry and Edgar 1 and 2

Ascending Bugarin (photos by Richard)



It was raining so hard in #Majayjay, #Lukban, #Luisiana and #Cavinti

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Rizal Philippines   |  October 6 2014

     Angel was well prepared for this;  he had a raincoat on...

"Is there Baguio, friendly Nikki?"  There is none.   While there was yesterday, battering japan (and which caused the serious injuries of FI driver Bianchi  -  huh that is a famous Italian bicycle brand) there was none at PAR.

They say that it happens all the time at Majayjay and many towns around Mt Banahaw.  And so it was in Lukban, Luisiana and Cavinti.

It was dry and hot at Lumban, Kalayaan, Paete, Famy Mabitac but not at Bugarin.  It was wet and cold and chilly

Our reward on ride to #Majayjay - hearty meal of sinigang and okra with #bagoong- thanks to Ma and Pa of Jeff

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Rizal Philippines  |  October 6, 2014

              VM, Chito Jerry, Joel and Master battle the rice adn the sinigang. At ang nagwagi.....?

Our reward in riding up to Majayjay, 100 km + and 6 hours ride was the feast at the house of Jeff.  His ma and pa prepared sinigang na baboy, steamed okra, plenty of hot rice, and bagoong for the 20 or so hungry and tired Recyclists.

We had to wait out the rain from 12 to 12:30 before proceeding to Jeff's house .  We took some biscuits and softdrinks at the corner store to stave off our hunger and thirst.   Nolite who had his usual binalot and Mario, the MTB friend of Angel, did not join the feast.

                    Miong, Vec, I and Mario were at this corner store and we bought softdrinks and biscuit

                     Resting 1 km from Jeff's place

                       Val, Jerry and Ven

                   Waiting for the rain to go away;  no rains at Kalayaan up to Angono;  it always rains in Majayjay?

                Edgar is all smiles as he arrives at Jeff's place.

                      Gerry arrives

                   Miong climbs the 14 steps going up to Jeff's parents house

                    The road leading up to Jeff's parents house

Jeff had pasalubong  -  garden tomato (the salad) type.

Thank you Jeff and Ms.

                              Pres Luis focuses on his meal

        Fat and thin:   Gerry Y and Angel (this made him recover?}
         Miong, Jess and Gerry:  discussing how to get home after the meal

We left at 1:30 in order to beat the time;  we estimated that at the that rate; we would arrive at 8:30 pm.  So we had to look for ways to get home early like hiring a jeep.

We decided that we would go home via Lukban and Cavinti, instead of going back to Magdalena.  The hills are rather steep and Jeff suggested that.  However, it was not a consolation that we had to climb no less than 20 hills, and some of them are stiff And it was raining and we could not see clearly through our eyewear.

I watched PBO this morning.  The movie feature Buko Pandan movie was shot in Luisina.