Friday, June 23, 2017

Vhen and I agreed we would not be joining Zambales ride this Saturday

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
June 23, 2017

As I am writing this post, I am coughing and experiencing general body malaise.   Probably I was exhausted from heat and exposure to rain and hot weather during my birthday ride.   (Add to that high bmr causing me to sweat profusely and my back is exposed to wet clothes)

Yesterday at Wawa, I conversed with Vhen Apran, a senior like me who would like to join the Zambales long ride this Saturday up to Monday. It will be 200 km one way  I said because of my experience on my long ride  last Saturday, I will elect not to.  At 11 am, up to 3 pm, the hottest part of the day, we will be hill climb at Dinalupihan and Subic and may be probably too risky for us.  We may get a heat stroke and be a liability to the group.

I all ready informed Gerry.  

Better be prudent than sorry?

Tuning the front derailleur could be frustrating

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
June 23, 2017

On my birthday bike ride, I was only able to use the small chain ring;   the front derailleur wont shift to the large chain ring.   Yesterday, I had the opportunity to tune it for it to work on large chain ring.  The lack of large chain ring slowed me down on flats and going downhill.

I spent almost 30 minutes  trying to get the fd work right.  Armed with a 5 mm allen wrench screw driver and pliers, I tried my luck.   First thing I did was to get the slack off the cable,  Then trying to get the shifter a little bit out by turning the low screw clockwise until I got the chain go to the large chain ring.  However the chain was jumping off the ring.   So I had to turn the lower (high screw) about 4 x so that the limiter will prevent the chain from over reaching.  After wards, I tried the shifter and it would not shift again.  I had to turn the lower screw cc about 3 turns to get it right.  

I think did trial and error of the adjustment about 4x;  I nearly gave up to bring the bike to the mechanic. The patience paid off and was rewarded with a functioning front derailleur.

Celebrating birthday with a long ride

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
June 23, 2017

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Birthday cycling inspiration

I celebrated my 6 years after being senior last Tuesday by doing a long bike ride.  I planned to do a one way ride equivalent to my age.   So that would be riding up to Kalayaan (near the hydro power plant)  However, right after I reached Mabitac (the plain after Bugarin) it started to rain and I had to turn back.  I would have probably done only 45 km one way (21 km short)   On the way back about 11 am, it was all ready to shot.  The ride back going home took me 2.5  hours.  I got a flat tire in Calumpang.  There  was no puncture but the patches probably peeled off during the extreme heat.

The extreme heat (I all ready saw blue as I biked near home) let me decide not to join the long ride to San Felipe on Saturday

Celebrate your birthday on your bike

Monday, June 19, 2017

Perils of Biking and how to avoid mitigate them

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
June 19, 2017

Happy Rizal (Birth)Day today.  It is a holiday in entire Laguna to celebrate the natal day of who is recognized as national hero.

Warning:   the pictures are graphic and can be disturbing

From topgear - Nathan Buenconsejo - pinned by jeepney   He is a kapadyak from Rain Forest in Pasig City

Bicycle accident in the Philippines

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1127 deaths from bicycle accidents

The article reports that in 2005 to 2013, there were 1127 deaths arising from accidents involving bicycles compared to only 366 involving 4 wheeled or more vehicles.  This is 3x  more

I have long wanted to write on this to collate my experience on the said topic:  perils of biking and how they can be motivated.  It always escapes my attention until yesterday when a twenty foot container plowed into several people killing four in Taytay Rizal. Another post at facebook showed a donation campaign for a biker who met an accident in Antipolo:   he broke his jaw when his brake locked which caused his fall. He needed jaw reconstruction which cost a lot of money.

Many of us would dismiss or shrug off the dangers and just be careful;   when we have to go we  go.  And we would like to go with our boots on (cleats on) rather than wait for our time on the rocking chair.

I would like to list down classifications of causes/sources of dangers from biking:

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
June 18, 2017

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Belated happy birthday to VM, naghanda ngayon sa Bulawan Pililla

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal  Philippines
June 18, 2017

There was a plan today to bike to Bulawan Pililla Rizal to celebrate the birthday of VM who celebrated his birthday last June 15, 2017.    I was unable to join because of previous commitments.   I met though the great VM at Calumpang Highway near Island Gas at today on the way bacck

Belated Happy birthday VM

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Yesterday was my large chain ring day

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
June 13, 2017

Choose riding on large or small chain ring

                                                          Small (39) or

                                                 Large Chain Ring (53)
I read an article once of a lady rider, height challenged at 4' 11"but who won a dreaded mountain climb. She was asked what was her training secret. One of these she said was alternating your practice between small and large chain ring day.  When you choose either large or small you do not shift the front derailleur.You just shift the rear cogs.Thus at small chain ring, when you want speed and you are at 34 36 or 39,  you simple have to pedal faster.   When you are at large chain ring, when climbing hills, you shift to your cogs to the biggest if  needed.

Yesterday, I rode to Jala jala up to km 73.5 (2 km into  the Jalajala town proper, just past  the arc and the dragon fruit farm.

I ate lugaw at simples where I met Meong, Ado and Joel.  Joel said he was off form yesterday and had hard time chasing me.   I climbed Montevideo 53 x23,  and same for Callahan, for Baras Pililla 53 x 23 also, 53 21 at Quisao and going back to Malaya power plant was 53 x 28.

I also chased some MTB and road bikers in Tanay.  I gave my best shot and even overtook their fastest rider from km 56 to 57 in Tanay.  Not bad for 66 y.o . senior

But one thing I observed is that your muscle ache and there is noticeable strain on the calf and thighs.   But you feel much stronger

The general idea is variety and getting stronger by varying your practice


Prior to this I had only small chain ring day.  Reason, I could not shift to large chain ring.  Reason?  I could not shift to large chain ring. Reason?     The cable was loose and  I mistakenly loosened a shifting screw which I thought was limiter to the large chain ring shift (it was pala for the small chain ring and by loosening it, the fd stayed farther from the line of the large chain ring and hence  it could not be shifted.  Thus when I screwed it in, the problem was solved

Papa Rick slowing down - AGE MATTERS

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
June 13, 2017

I caught up with Papa Ric Mancao (84 years old) past km 53 Tanay last Sunday and I had some conversations with him while riding at about 20 kph. I noticed that while was pedaling constantly, he was slowly being left behind.Until I sensed that he was left  very much much behind. Papa Ric is one of the oldest biker in the area who is very much functional

I had Biak na Bato in Pililla as my destination.Then I turned back, made a U turn to go home.I met Papa Ric at the Munisipio of Pililla.That meant that I was ahead of Papa Ric by about 2 km.  or by 2 minutes. It has not happened before. Despite being old before he turned 80, I was not able to overtake him


Ride to Marinduque aborted due LPA

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
June 13, 2017

The ride to Marinduque was supposed to be last June10, 2017 at 4 am assembly, and 5 am departure. I went to the assembly area at 4 am and waited up to 5 am.  However, at 5 am I decided to leave because it could have been aborted.  It was, except that I do not have the numbers of my kapadyak  I got a new phone number and I could not/they could not access me.

There was an LPA noted at Palawan and it was raining hard Friday evening and early am of Saturday. That is the reason why they aborted the ride.

May be next time

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Planned trip to Marinduque on Saturday June 10 to 12, 2017

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
June 6, 2017

I came across Meong this morning after an AM ride and he told me that there is a planned ride this Saturday,   Assembly at 4 am, depart 5 am for Lucena.  We ride the van.   And from there we catch the 10 am boat ride to Marinduque.  We sleep at the place of Sec. Noe.  Then June 11, we ride around Marinduque.   The following or evening, we take the boat ride to Lucena and from there ride back to Angono.

The estimated expense would be about P1,000 per.  Sounds an interesting ride.

Mga kapadyak join na.

Ang tanong practisado ba?

Monday, June 5, 2017

Too much DIY can create problems; if you are not careful

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
June 5, 2017

I could not use my Fuji carbon fiber well lately.  It would not shift well between 21 to 23  and 12, 13 and 14 at the cogs.

I found out today:

1. That the  nut for the cogs was not tight  (the tool that I used Taiwan made does not fit well the Campy cogs.) Fortunately today, I found the Shimano tool that fit;

2.  I used the wrong spacers:   between 21 and 23, it had to the wider spacer with the groove;  I saw that the distance between 21 and 23.  The correct spacer was between 12 and 13, both would not shift well.  

Compared to Shimano, even if you interchange the spacer, there would be no problem

So I had the spacers interchanged, tightened the nut.

Tomorrow, I could use the bike well?

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Hard climbs/yesterday and Wednesday

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
June 4, 2017

I was not able to ride today because probably of the hard rides I did for the last two days.  Yesterday, I rode up East ridge, trying to climb it at 32 front chain rings.  However before and after Unamonte I had to shift down to 24 and return to 32 before the former SG outpost.   After resting for a while, I rode up to the new guard house and  passing by the MTB riders from Taguig. who had to stop and rest some 20 meters before the summit.  In a conversation, the young riders said they admire me, the senior rider for not stopping.

Last Wednesday, I climbed San Carlos Heights Antenna via the Gate 2 (the more difficult climb, the easy climb is via Tolentino) I also used 32 chain ring.  There were lot of riders last Wednesday.   I did it non stop.    There I met Glen Diestro and Supremo Armin.  Great guys and riders

On those two occasions, I was with new recruits/trainees at the office.  Part of developing sound mind in a sound body

Thorough cleaning of MTB today

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
June 4, 2017

I did not bike today.  I was tired from my sojourn at East ridge, and I devoted my time giving a thorough cleaning to the 3 MTBs I have.  I washed the tires.  Wiped clean the inside of the stays (they are not reachable so I had to remove the tires).  Fixed the valves that are rattling or loose with masking tape (I removed the bolt that can damage the interior. If you screw it tight, the valve separates from the rubber or gets loose and develop a leak)   I wiped clean the sprockets and then wiped tire black to the tires and the rim.

That is on top of cleaning the two cars we have.  Inside and out.   and even the underside of the car.  That was a lot of perspiration.   As challenging as a 4 hour ride

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Frequent riders Jimmy and Supremo

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
June 3, 2017

                                                       Supremo Armin Zapanta

I try to ride at least 3x a week.   That will keep my Basal Metabolic Rate at little bit higher and let me burn fat while resting (but it gives me BO when the perspiration invites germs to grow.  Thus I biked Tuesday, Wednesday and today.  I will bike again tomorrow
On those occasions, I saw Jimmy twice and Supremo Armin once.  But he climbed SCH twice  He descended and climbed again and met him again as I was descending.

For the last two rides, I made two hill climbs (and they were not easy)   SCH antenna and SCH.  I went up SCH via gate two on a 32 x 36 gear.  I did poorly at Eastridge.  I had to dismount 2 x doing granny gears.  The bikers from Taguig admired that I was able to ascend the final 100 meters up to the guard house without stopping.  They stopped and rest and had to do cross stitch while climbing

Some riders/kapadyaks mistook me to be the owner of Bikers World Bikeshop in Binangonan

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
June 3, 2017

New Bike Shop in Town 0932 386 9519

I think it was Sec. Noe who joked about me as the owner of the said store, for the great things I said about the store,   Then the owner himself said a buyer was looking for me as he bought from the store, thinking too that this post owned the store.   The other day, Wednesday, it was Supremo whom I met while I was descending SCH antenna who also thought the same and was asking for a discount on top of the very low price that is being offered in the store.

I told him that I am not the owner of the store and I will call text the owner:   Mr. Glenn Diestro.  He said he will buy entry level MTB say XIX or Trinx.  I later called up Glenn who said he will take care of Supremo Armin Zapanta

It is Mr Glenn Diestro who owns the store,  He is an entrepreneur from Angono. He will answer the cp that is listed on the post

New Bike Shop in Town 0932 386 9519

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Frequent practice/ride creates oneness with bike and the rider

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
May 28, 2017

For the last two weeks, I have doing at least 3x a week ride and using only road bike.  Constant practice and ride using only one bike unites you with your bike.  Man and machine, bike together.  It is only lately that I have achieved that state of nirvana with my bike.    Your ascent does not take the breath away from you.  You can sprint with minimal effort.  The bike run quietly and silently.   You do not need to shift frequently.  You can ascend the hills on heavy gears.    You can anticipate stops, corner better.  You can ride safely

You must just find time to be able to do this.  Now as semi retired, I can ride longer and more frequently

Are bikers (MTB or roadies) covered by the implementation of RA 10913 or Anti Distracted Driving Law

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
May 28, 2017

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Primer on ADD

Honestly I reacted when there were news that there were apprehension of bikers and MC riders during the first day of the implementation of the ADD.

I researched and found out that yes, bikers and MC riders are covered.   For as long as you are on the road, even if you are on skateboard, or cart, or walking, you are covered.

So fellow riders, if you ride, don't text or answer a phone or make a call (as I see most of our kapadyaks are).  If there is a strict enforcer, you will be caught and fined.

What vehicles are covered by the act?
  • It covers ALL public and private vehicles, wheeled agricultural machines (tractors, loaders, etc.), construction equipment, and other vehicles such as bikes, pedicabs, trolleys, habal-habal (motorcycle-for-hire), kuliglig (tricycle-for-hire), wagons, carriages, and carts that may be human- or animal-powered. Basically, if it’s on the road and you’re using it, it’s covered (apart from skateboards or feet).

Thanks the Lord, a popular parish church, destination of pilgrim reconsidered its parking policies for bikes

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
May 28, 2017

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Today I biked again to the popular religious pilgrim destination.  Traffic was a little bit slow and there was a big crowd at the church yard this morning (I reached the church in a record time of 35 minutes down from the usual 40 to 45 minutes.)

Lo and behold the bikers could again park anywhere near the entrance of the church.  The parking only at the southern side of church was no longer in force.

What could be the reason?

The bikers whom I found near the entrance advanced the explanation that probably the parish leadership realized the high cost of the bike that could be lost, or stolen, in case the bikers keep their eyes off their bike in the designated areas.  We could not be careful this days.  In this hard times

I had to replace my MTB chainring; I lost the tensioner bolt the second time

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
May 28, 2017

I had to replace the SAVA crank/chainring set for it lost the tensioner bolt the second time.  I lost the original tensioner bolt and I bought a new one from bike parts/ph in Masinag (c/o Jam) but lost it again 2 days after I replaced it.   It could be that the spline is all ready worn out.

I looked for replacement and settled for Fun Ridge crank at Ciclismo which I got for P2,500.  It had bigger spline and was almost like an octalink (robust construction) and came with its own bottom bracket.

After tightening the crank tensioner and the crank bolts to the max, I do not forsee any more missing problems with this crank in the future

Praise to the bike and biker in today's ride

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
May 28, 2017

Today I had great ego shots as did my Sunday bike.  I biked to Antipolo then Teresa Morong, Cardona, Binangonan and home.  At Antipolo as I parked the Fuji bike near other MTBs, a biker Mr. Armand of Antipolo suggested that the only heavy object in that Fuji bike is the water bottle.  Another remarked that the bike could cost over P200t (well almost)

Nearing home at LLDA just before Montevideo, ascending the hill, another roadie, named Johnny from Pantok remarked that I am a strong rider for having pushed gravy from a 53 chainring (it was 50) and 17.  He was struggling with 39 x 19 or 21?

These are praises that are ego booster/trip to a biker.

Salamat po for making my day/ride

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Riding with Nolite to Teresa yesterday

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
May 20, 2017

Yesterday, I rode solo going to Morong.  Then all of a sudden Nolite appeared from nowhere he appeared in Morong.   He said he would bike around to Teresa and Antipolo.  I said I would eat at Simples and he went ahead.  That was a mistake because Simple ran out of Lugaw. So I had to chase him.  I was unable to catch up with him because Nolite is much much stronger now.    I caught up with him at Teresa Lugawan.   He was finished eating by the time I arrived. Right after eating we rode again to Teresa and Antipolo

I was ahead during the first part of the ride but after the first turn he was ahead by 5 and then 10 meters.  I did not force myself to chase him because it was first ride to Teresa in say 3 months time.   But he waited for me at Pag ibig.  But I kept pace with him going downhill.  We were home past 8:00 am (8:20)

Now I understand why some bikes and group sets are more expensive than others

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
May 20 2017

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Last Tuesday I rode to Km 53 solo with my Fuji Carbon bike shod with Campy group set and Cosmic wheelset.  For the first time, I appreciated its smooth and silent operations.  As if I was riding a V8 TLC.  No sounds of chain on the sprocket, the wheels were whirring smoothly. I and the bike were one riding the smooth asphalt surface.  I swear I could be faster by say 2 kph vs the other bike I have. Couple with the fact that I relubed the chain with wax.

For an extra one hundred thousand more, experience ride of a life time (ha6 really?)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Be sure that your tensioner bolt is tight if you have outboard/compact crank

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
May 10, 2017
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Yesterday, I got a tensioner bolt at Bike Parts Phil.  I got for Php 300.00 its brand is CNC 20 mm ID.   I lost the tensioner bolt fo the SAVA Mtb and the left arm fell on the road.   This is the second time this happened to me.  That is the weakness of the outboard crank.  The tensioner bolt gets loose and you lose it.  The other time, I had a machine shop make a new one for me at almost the same cost, and much lower quality.

Replacement is available at bike parts ph.

So if you lose your tensioner bolt you are assured you can find a replacement.

N. B.    After nearly a week, I lost the tensioner again.  The crank, a Sava brand must have problems

A throwback, revisiting Bitukang Manok at Atimonan

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
May 10, 2017

Talks and whispers abound that the next event after Real will be revisiting Atimonan, Bitukang Manok.  Now it does not seem formidable to me anymore.  Thus you see the landing page of the Jorgues Biker featuring Bitukang Manok.

Marami kayang sasama.  Marami kayang mga beterano na hindi uurong?

I got grazed by a motorcycle yesterday in Tayuman

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
May 10, 2017

As I was biking home yesterday, right in front of the Sacred Heart Parish in Tayuman, I got grazed by a motorcycle overtaking from my left.  Well, it happened that way, because he was overtaking a jeep from the right, and to my right there is another motorcycle trying to overtake me and I was in a squeeze. (tight fix)

I was glad it was just a grazing because had it been closer, I would have broken my wrist and my arm or could have fallen into the path of the other MC to my right overtaking me.   I was sort of chaotic (well as traffic in the morning is chaotic.

This reminds us of the post of Kapadyak Maikenzero Fena who decries accidents after we scrimped for the bike parts, and more that can be done by the government to protect the bikers.

Minsan... di natin masisisi ang mga siklista kung bakit sila NAPAPAMURA,NAGAGALIT O NAKAKAGAWA NG MASAMA kapag o sa tuwing nakakabagsak o nakakabunggo ka ng isang bisikleta sa daan. Bakit nga ba? Dahil bawat pyesa na nakakabit sa kanyang bike eh dugot pawis ang ipinambili doon. Halos minsan ay tinitipid ang sarili maging maganda lamang ang ating mga kaibigang bisikleta upang sa bawat pag arangkada sa daan ay maramdaman ang bilis ng bawat pinaghirapan. Kaya dapat din naman tayong tignan ng pamahalaan para sa ligtas na daanan. Mga siklistang mas pinili ang pag padyak kesa sa bumili ng ipinagbabawal na gamot. Ikaw, kaisa ka ba sa pag padyak???

The post elicited a long thread of comments.

In the case of the grazing of my arm yesterday, the role of the govt was in the licensing, and the bike lane construction.  The licensing could have been tougher and stricter with seminars on safety.  The bike lane is something else.  It involves expenditures for the road marking, enforcement (the traffic enforcers should enforce this) and involvement of bike clubs to educate members on bike lane use.

Much of what would happen on the road, depends much on the individuals, the riders the citizenry and I decry the too much dependence on the role of government which has also limited resources:   money and manpower.  They could do only so much.

The riders the other riders (I could not blame myself for I was the victim) could have much more, higher perspective on road safety and road sharing.  

Most of the riders we and the MC love adventure love the wind rushing by as we speed up on the road, with utter disregard for safety

Monday, May 1, 2017

I missed my ride to Real but not my ride mileage.

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
May 1, 2017

I did not join the tropa in their Real ride with overnight stay at Baywatch yesterday because of the fear of heat exhaustion.   However this did not prevent me from having long rides yesterday and today.  Yesterday I rode up to Biak na bato or Km 59 for  32 km ride one way or 64 out and back.  Today, I rode near to Jala jala km 72 for 45 km one way or 90 km. That is a total of 154 km solo ride.

Today I did not miss the hot midday sun and the temperature could be around 40s.  I am glad I survived that with plenty of water drinks and stops

Simples Lugawan has been relocated - gone from its former place

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
May 1, 2017

Simples Lugawan link
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                                  It is a joy to me to find out that when I  searched the google for
                                  Simples Lugawan, my pictures and the post came out.  Ha6

If you have been biking to Morong and eating your breakfast at Simples Lugawan, you may be surprised that the lugawan is no longer in front of the house.  It is all ready at the side of the house fronting the road towards Baras.  The DPWH took possession of the location of the former lugawan (including that of the barangay hall to give way to geometric dividers for the highway as beginning from Sec. Singson, the highways have been widened.

So if you bike this week and other week ends, you know where to find the Lugawan.  At the same low low price (Lugaw with egg only P15.00.  Butsi  only P6.00, Mt. Dew  with lots of ice only P14.00

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Fellow riders, protect ourselves from extreme heat when outside temperatures can reach 42 degrees or more

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
April 29 2017

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Riding cool this summer

Rising heat index in the Philippines

The weather news let us know that temperatures during the day are at extreme.  Before it was unusual to have temps at 40+ during the day.   Our body temps is at 37 degrees Celsius only.  

I observed this and confirmed that outside temp at say 1 pm is 42 degrees when I rode in somebody elses SUV.   I heard that a tricycle driver died, even while in the shade two days ago.   He had a massive stroke.  At around that time, I was going to the office and held off because I was feeling faint because of the heat.

So here are the tips for mc riders which could apply to bike riders too.

As in runners this could be:

Tips for MC riders to keep cool

1.  Ride run at the coolest time of the day.  If possible run at shaded areas;

2. Hydrate drink often

3.  Wear warmers and other clothing to shade your skin from heat of the sun.

4.  Wear cooling vests (?)

My bike ride to antenna this morning at San Carlos

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
April 29 2017

I rode up to SCH this morning, after passing by at Sacred Heart Parish

On the way to Tolentino, I came across Pablo tsinelas, the strong rider from Leyte who wins in competitions. Surprisingly, he was using 24 chain ring;  I was using 32 x 32 going up.  Well he left me before the water tank;   I got near other MTB riders and even passed some of them  They were in their grannies

On the way down, I met Armin  Zap (supremo) whom I learned will be doing a reverse Jarrel peak ride via Infanta  He said he will say hello to the Recyclists who are going to stay over night at Real.

I said I may not be able to join the group because of the extreme heat at around 10 am.  It is a deadly environment for an elderly because there are news of deaths

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Nagbike up to Antenna at San Carlos - asphalted na! No more thrill for MTBs

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
April 18, 2017

I biked up to Marian Hills entrance this morning with my Sava MTB.  I had a little difficulty managing the climb because I have not climbed SCH for a couple of months and I stayed using hard gears.   32 x 32 (not going down to the granny)   Lo and behold, the posts made earlier that the road leadding to the site has been asphalted was confirmed today.   After the switchback at the concrete portion that ends after the fork at Sitio Manga, all the way up, a distance of about 500 meters, it is all asphalted.  Thanks to some great LGU officials.  I can climb the same on a road bike using compact gears without much difficulty.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Source of LED lamps and flashlights - NZE in Angono, Rizal

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
April 15, 2017

There is no need to go to Quiapo, Riverbanks, Manga or even at MoA to get your led flashlight and blinker safety lights.  They are available right in Angono, at Capt Aliano St., (at the road beside the church coming from Dona Aurora, to E de la Paz)  The flash light is P350.00, the mount is 40.00 and spare batt is P90.00.  The led lamp, is only P150.00 (rechargeable)

Punta na bili na.

Some quarters are suspecting that when I post commercial establishments, like the Bikers World,  I am kasosyo.  No I am not.  I just want our kapadyaks where they can acquire accessories for low low bargain price.  Bakit ako sososyo kung maliit lang ang kita?  Siyempre doon tayo sa big time.  Ha6

Edgar de los Reyes our kapadyak from Cardona is getting better

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
April 15, 2017

I visited Edgar (7 days) today as I rode with Vhen today, to say hello.  (When we say how do you do, people are really saying "I love you"  from a Louie Armstrong song).

So he is much better now, he gained weight and is color is back to normal.  He said he used to feel faint and breathless even when biking for a short distance.  The symptoms: bum stomach, pain from gout, faint, difficulty in breathing appeared after the Baguio ride.

I also found out that he has been taking energy drink for about a year (which MDs are saying to be bad for the health).  It must have caused his high uric acid, the gouty arthritis, and his problem with the kidneys.

Warnings issued on Energy Drinks

He is suffering from low iron/RBC, pain from gout, and high creatinine (candidate for dialysis)   He is on Chinese and Western medication.  The Chinese medication said it took care of his RBC and kidney.   The Western med took care of his low RBC, his kidney.  But his high uric acid level is not being addressed.

He is 60 years old and I said to him we have to thank the Lord for that long joyful years of life He gave us. We even thank Him for bonus number of years.  If we get sick, He alone knows the best of us and we offer the same to Him, including the pain and discomfort.

But Ed will get better if he wants to because he alone is the best doctor for himself.

Think of good things not bad. Think of HAPPINESS, not sad.

Get better Ed.

Friday, April 14, 2017

How to save up to 74 watts on tire tech

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
April 14, 2017

Wheels and tires make a lot of difference in biking (as in Formula car racing)  Here are some tips from a video and may be if we want to ride faster, we can implement some of the tips and suggestions

There is not much advantage/loss/gain on the following:

      1.  Tire weight
      2.  Tire width (which is better 23 mm or 25 mm?)   From competitive cyclist
      3.  Clincher vs tubular?

But much can be gained from:

     1.  Tire pressure  (if you are riding on rough roads inflate your tire to only 60 psi, on smooth concrete or asphalt only 100 to 120 psi.  Wrong tire pressure can make you lose power.  This was aptly demonstrated by a rider in Paris Roubaix race who just inflated his tire to 60 psi on cobble stones and was way way ahead of his competitor

     2.  Tire compounds  you can save as much as 27 watts on modern tires with graphene compounds or cotton  inside.  (the graphs show even more)

     3.  Tire rim combination  (it is better to have wider tires and narrow rims)  They are more aerodynamic

     Observance of science and physics can make you go faster.

 From Velo News - Specialized S Works Turbo Tubeless and Continental GP 4000 S.  (Ano bilihan ba ulit ng bagong tires?)

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Watch video on next page

Save up to 30 watts of power from friction loss on chain alone! Use paraffin wax lube. You can do it yourself and cheaper

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
April 14, 2017

Yesterday, while in the church bisita iglesia our conversation turned to wax (in the candle) and bike lube. Engr. June mentioned that it is the best bike chain lube.  It could save as much as 5 watts on your power.

This video says it is 30 watts.  Whatever the power saved is, the paraffin wax lube is cheaper and cleaner than the most of the lubes being sold at the market at P300.00 per tube. I lubed all my bikes today, using molten candle  wax.  They say that the best way is to dip the entire chain in molten wax if you have power or missing links.  Not adviseable if you do not have this attachment to your chain.  Frequent removal of chain can cause broken chains


I rode on the mtb whose chains I lubed with paraffin wax this morning.   There was marked 0 noise, and the pedalling was smoother.  As a matter of fact, I towed three roadies for 9 km up to Binangonan.  That is less friction.!  More power  I joined a kapadyak on a ride on a roadie but I was not prepared to ride today

Limiting losses tips

Here are the tips one by one
1:30 Quick clean on the bike (12w)
1:43 Quality manufacturer (5w)
2:07 Chain length (4w)
2:35 Cross-chaining (3w)
3:10 Chain specification (11sp) (2w)
4:32 Chain wear (2w)
5:15 Deep clean off the bike (1w)
6:06 Super lube (4w)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

We just finished Bisikleta Iglesia today, Holy Thursday, covering 7 churches

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
Holy Thursday, April 13, 2017

We Rizal Recyclists riders, just finished the Bisikleta Iglesia 2017.  We started out at Sacred Heart Church at 6:00 am and finished the last church  Angono St Clement Church at 11:40.  We capped the ride with a lunch, boodle fight at the house of Jess Verchez in Villa Gloria from 12:15 to 1:20.   It was a great day for penance and sacrifice (except the boodle fight) to bike that long and under the hot summer sun (in the 30's)

There were 14 of us who joined the ride:

1.  Alan Astorga
2.  Jess Verchez
3.  Pres Luis
4.  Engr June
5.  Master E
6.  Ado Gonzaga
7.  Meong
8.  Gerry Y
9.  Gerry K
10.  Jorgeus Biker
11.  VM
12.  Jose A
13.  Richard Ang
14.  Nolite

See other pictures

We were on a fast clip and arrived at Pisong Kape at about 7:05. We couldn't get into Pisong Kape and opted instead at Carmens.  The food price was a  little bit steeper

                                   Engr June chased us;  he just arrived at this pic

At Pililla Mary Magdalene church  (the first church)

                                    This is a funeral procession

                                        Other church visitors:  cyclists and non cyclists

                                            Frescoes on church ceiling

                                         Nazareno image adorned by fresh flowers

                                     Elaborate design on the altar

                                   Richard reporting his whereabouts to... his loved ones

                                       Jose A rejoined us after 2 years of absence

                                       Inventory of images joining Good Friday procession

See Tanay church pics at next page

                                             What is this image at the Church yard of Tanay?

                                   Master E just got off his bike and was looking at...

                                        Jess, Ado, Pres Luis and Engr. June

                                                     Master E and VM at Tanay Church

                                             3 Retablos at Tanay Church full of saints

                                                  Filipino saints

                                                 View from altar as you exit the church

                                                Black Nazareno

                                   Intricate design of the Nazareno dress

Group pics at Tanay church

See the Baras Church pics at next page

                                               Our bikes

                                  The high church bell tower was used to watch for pirates coming
                                   down on town from the sea.

                                   Which row has the brightest student?

See other pics at succeeding churches

At St Jeromes Church in Morong, Rizal

                                   Richard asking for forgiveness before he pounds the thighs of Meong
                                         and Gerry (he was stalking Joel too but latter was ready for Richard)

                                              Dambana ng ...... Happiness

                                       Heavy traffic in Morong from the town proper up to Palengke

At Cardona church undergoing construction. Raising the roof

                                            Nolite arriving at Cardona church yard

                                       Master and former Cardona rider conversing;  the latter
                                           requested us to take care of Master who is the Pres. of....>>

                               What is the commotion all about ..  picture a groupie

                                                Raising the roof tower of Cardona church

At Binangonan church

Riding to Angono, the 7th church