Sunday, July 30, 2017

Pleasant day today for a bike ride; slightly overcast and light breeze

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
July 30, 2017

Today was a very pleasant day for biking.   The skies was overcast (not much direct sunlight) and light cool breeze blowing from the south (but sometimes it got very windy) due to a reported typhoon system in the north.  It could have a been fine day for biking at US.

I left later than usual, about 7:30 because of  digestive system disorder.  Again I bought the SAVA Ti and rode side by side by a former fellow Taytay rider (whose name I forgot, friend ni Joel)  He had a Ridley carbon fiber bike and he noted that what I had was a Ti.  I even left him at times.  And also I took the Cardona diversion and he took the usual route. He said it was malupit.  Going up Namay Morong, I left him and another companion.

There was no more lugaw at Simples when I arrived (a little over 8:00 am) and just said hello to the husband of Ms. Simple who is having challenges with diabetes.

And then I decided to return home via Teresa and Antipolo.

I happened to ride with two young MTB riders who had Eagle SRAM group.   I was able to catch up and even overtook them really going up Teresa.    But well they were young.  So a 70,000 gear set can not leave you far enough. It is about strength and endurance.  (Am I beginning to lose some of that)

In Antipolo, and going home there were patches of  strong rain, or showers and dry roads. I was able to get home before real rain started to pour  

Hill climbs with Sava Ti

Wheels of Happiness


Rizal Philippines
July 30, 2017

I had 3 hill climbs this week SAVA ti:  2x  Eastridge;   and once for Antenna San Carlos Heights last Tuesday.   And they looked easy for me, because I merely used the low gears.   I was able to climb the sites using only 32 chain rings and max of 36 for the sprocket

I have two other MTB:   a SAVA 580 carbon fiber and Mosso Falcon 4. But this one is the best so far.  It was a good buy

I learned from the video at You Tube that you do not have to over exert nor race going up because you can blow out and not finish the climb.  At East ridge yesterday, a young MTB rider had to stop often and said it was his first time.   Going down was perilous:  the roads which were moss filled were difficult to negotiate going down hill:  the tires skid and the bike despite the knobby was difficult to control - you could ditch anytime. But thanks God,these were uneventful climb and descent

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Enjoying hill climbs with the SAVA ti MTB

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
July 27, 2017

I did not use the SAVA ti MTB for several months.   But I have been using this since Saturday:  for climb up Medalva, last Sunda for my ride to Bugarin, last Tuesday for the climb of SCH; and yesterday, for climb up to East Ridge.  I relish the ride because of the very low gears (24 lowest for chain rings, and 36 for the rear sprockets).   For Medalva, SCH, and Eastridge, I did not have to use the  24 only the 32 chain rings.  The 32 x 34 or 3 x 36, they were adequate for the climb without being  stressed.    For the Sunday ride, I only used the 42 chain ring even when doing Bugarin.

What did I relish with the SAVA:   it is light and responsive.   The Mosso MTB and the SAVA carbon fiber 580 felt heavy and sluggish.   The SAVA Ti was light and sprightly.  I could even outrun road bike and or run at the same pace as road bikes



Sunday, July 23, 2017

Death and illness of kapadyaks due to energy drinks?

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
July 23, 2017





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Warnings issued vs energy drinks

A rider who was buried last Sunday in Teresa was rumored to have taken 4 energy drinks named after a venomous snake after a  a race.  He collapsed going home between  boundary of Taytay and  Antipolo.  Another rider whose health suddenly went south since six months ago takes a lot of energy drinks during every ride (again named after another deadly venomous African snake.)

I remember having written about the dangers of energy drink. They contain 4x the concentration of sugar, and 4x caffeine in a bottle.  It may set you back only P20.00 and give you a lot of boost but it can stress your heart because of the caffeine and  damage your kidney. (The ill kapadyak needs dialysis;   therefore his kidney was damaged.  He does not have any known disease and therefore the damaged kidney could only be attributed to the energy drink.   My brother who owns a mortuary tells of stories of those having fun time with alcoholic drinks dying after they took energy drinks about  taking alcohol,  They do so because they say there is no hang over after taking energy drink.  That is right. They die.

Therefore, before you take an energy drink in your next ride, be careful.   Weigh the pros and cons

Top 14 Energy Drink Dangers

Climbing Botong Francisco (Medalva) yesterday together with office mates

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
July 23, 2017

Our PE yesterday was jogging to Medalva (Botong Francisco highway)  I took the opportunity to test the Sava Ti bike with XT group set, WTB wheel set  and  Manitou fork.  I did 3 x ride up the hill.  I used 32 chain ring and max of only 36 for the steepest part.  For the hill, I used 32 x 32 and it was easy riding.  I did not have to catch my breath, nor be in distress.

I rode it 1x before the ladies climbed;  then I climbed it again as they were walking at the climb;  Then as they were descending, I descended and climbed again the hill  (that is the 3x time)

The weight and  the gears of Sava Ti were perfect for the hill climb.  There were others whom I saw negotiating on an MTB with platito gears (24 chain ring) walking.  The others used 24 chain ring for the climb.

Bike ride today, July 23, 2017 to Bugarin; rode together with Gerry and Vhen

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
July 23, 2017

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Sava Ti Bike at Ali Express

I rode to Bugarin today. I brought out my Sava Ti.(MTB)   On the way from Tayuman to Morong, I rode with Gerry Cataps. We tried to chase a roadie with white and blue Jersey.  I overtook him for a while in Cardona, but he overtook me at Callahan and so with Gerry.   We had lugaw in Morong   and those who came were:  Alan, Netoy and and  Echo (long time no see)  We decided we would ride to OL.   And so we rode together with Taytay riders.   I did not see much of Gerry, but I remember overtaking Alan.  And towed  Gerry for a while.  At Baras hill, the tropa overtook me and may be they were ahead by about 500 meters at Pililla.  I did not see Gerry  and Alan but later on I saw them  going down all ready at km 67.

I rode up to km 68 (Bugarin na) and at heavy gear.   42 x 18 to 28.    That was a hard ride on a big chain ring.   On the way back I saw Vhen.  He said he was chasing me from Morong, and then from Pisong Kape to Bugarin and from OL up to  km  57 of Pililla.  We rode together alternating tranco.  We had some buko and turon at store near the intersection of diversion and road from Cardona.  We met many Mambog riders there.

However at  Binangonan Convention Center rain started to fall, and we had to seek shelter from the rains, after being exposed to very hot environment. We spent about 30 minutes for two episodes or rain.  We were home by 12 noon

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Repairing the MTB lock out with additional air pressure

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
July 15, 2017

I noticed that the front suspension lock out of my Mosso MTB is not working;   it does not lock any more.
So I took this padjak owned by a relative to have the suspension checked.  Are they repairing the lock out?  No.   So please check the air pressure. And found there was none.   So the mechanic put in air 85 psi.  And presto the lock out worked.

It is that easy.

Climbing the Church in the Sky at De la Cuesta in Muzon Taytay Rizal, again

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
July 15, 2017

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Our staff decided to have  the PE for Saturday (physical fitness) today at Church in the Sky, at de la Cuesta, Muzon Taytay Rizal.  Since I arrived early, I tried to climb the church early.  It is always a challenging task to go to the church.  There is the last portion, only 30 meters long, that is steep. The longer portion about 400 meters is long and medium steep.   But the last 30 meters can take your breath away;   the 68 year old man, a former biker himself, says he can ride that portion up.

Well  I rode down to see other colleagues and climbed the hill again.  My gear was  32 x 28.   for the second climb.  For the first climb it was 32 x 36.

The ride this morning was probably 3 km from Angono x 2, 6 and total up and down the church was 4 km.  I sweated a lot from this climb and must have burned plenty of cholesterol, uric acid, and blood sugar
























Thursday, July 13, 2017

Using electrical tape as rim tape

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
July 17, 2017


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Electrical tape as rim tape from MTB forum

This post experienced two flats in rapid succession: at his Bianchi bike   while biking, and the other while the bike was parked inside the bedroom.  There was no apparent puncture from outside (as nails, broken glass);  the hole which were large, were seen at the side of the tube facing the rim bed.  So the problem could be the worn out tape on the rim bed. (Masking tape) The masking tape I used before had worn out.   The regular bike tape would set me back by P100.00 at least (or more)   I met Gerry and he suggested electrical tape which Odi, the mechanic at Villamayor used to seal the aberration from the rim bed that can cause puncture  on the interior.

And so I did.  I bought two Armak electrical tape.  (Cost P10.php only each)  And put over the rubber strips cut from old interior. Each one was good for 2 1/2 layer of protection on the rim bed.  I finished the project at 8 pm last night;  I sweated profusely as I completed the project.  The interior tube seem to be holding out well;  no flats again  which I expect on the road.  (But unable to ride because of frequent rains)

Sunday, July 2, 2017

EPO, the alleged performance enhancing drug (PED) of choice of former Tour de France 7 time champ Lance Armstrong, does not work, study shows

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
July 2, 2017

Mont Ventoux
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From The Telegraph UK - EPO which cost Lance Armstrong 7 TDF titles does not work

Fellow kapadyaks were discussing that EPO (erythropoietin) the  drug of choice of former 7 times champ of Tour de France Lance Armstrong does not work, study shows. Lance was stripped of his title and faces the possibility of $100 million lawsuit from the US govt (UPS one of Lance sponsors)   The experiment, which involved riding up the famous difficult  Mt. Ventoux . The control group which took the placebo (no EPO)  actually rode faster than the EPO group

This is in stark contrast to a 2007 study from Sports Scientists which shows 50% increase in performance by athletes using EPO.

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EPO is hormone  that enhances the production of RBC is risky because the athlete can develop clots and strokes and other fatal health problems

Experts think that the placebo effect that the drug was working was more psychological than real, after all. for Lance and other users, according to Adam Cohen, the first author of this study

What is the implication of the result of this study?   Will EPO use be allowed in athletic competition once again?  Will the ruling bodies of the cycling association restore the titles to Lance Armstrong?  Once again the halo on Lance head, the crown is beginning to reappear?

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Bike Ride today, July 2, 2017

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
July 2, 2017

I started out 6:00 am today to catch the start of the mass at Sacred Heart. and had a chance to kiss the hand of  the  Parish Priest. And then caught up with Min Zap and Pres Luis in Bilibiran, but they left me at Binangonan Convention Center.  I had my Mosso MTB with XT group set, and was riding at  42 x 13 just o keep up.  But I lose out to their higher gears. I bet, I would have arrived later on by not more than 2 minutes.

We met the other Recyclists there:at Simples Lugawan    Netoy, Engr June, Joel, Peter A (who paid for my lomi) Master E, and Ed de los Reyes. (7 days)  He said he got better but it does not seem so.

Simples Lugawan looks like a garden setting and looks more charming to eat Lugaw there.   The owner said that the new smaller location (their former place was knocked out due to road widening) did not diminish the number of their customers

On the way back I rode up the diversion using 32 x 23.   So I get more confidence in climbing steep roadlike the Cardona diversion.

It seems that my Mosso fork Suntour lock is not working.  The seat too  is not properly set and I had trouble with my pedaling stroke.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Promoting the 1.5 distance between cyclists and motor vehicles

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
June 27, 2017


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Perhaps we can promote this:  Perhaps this can reduce accidents

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Monday, June 26, 2017

I biked 100 km today to Jala jala to make up for the non participation in Zambales ride

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
June 26, 2017



Today I left early about 5:45 to bike to Jalajala and I managed to be at Sacred Heart Church by 6:00 am.  I was in Morong by 6:50 and found Master E having finished his lugaw.  Then Joel arrived and then Peter Anonuevo and his companion Arnel.  (Arnel is a retired Meralco employee;   his second wife just died from her sleep 40 days ago).  Peter Anonuevo who just alighted from a tanker (he is a seaman, its good he was in the Pakistan tanker that exploded that killed more than a 100)

Peter visited the following churches but were all closed this morning:  Baras, Tanay and Pililla. It was Bisita Iglesia once again.   We stopped in Pisong Kape where Peter treated me and Arnel to Saging na Saba and gatorade.  And then I went on my sojourn to complete my ride to Jalajala.  I rode another 20 km out and back to Pisong Kape.    It took me more than an hour to complete that.  The 20 km is as far as the Carabao dairy plant.  (some 2 km+ from the town proper)

I was back in Pisong Kape by 11 am, had coffee until 11:30.   It was as I judged very hot.   I was in Cardona by 12:00 and home by 1:00 pm.  I was relatively faster compared to the Tuesday century run to  Mabitac

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: