Thursday, November 21, 2013

Bike Tech Review: GEAX Roadster 26x1.5 Road Tire

A cyclist who owns a mountain bike appreciates the rig's versatility when it comes to tackling various kinds of terrain. Usually, one uses a 1.9" or wider tire as standard tires for their MTB. If you wanted to convert your MTB to a hybrid commuter, the first thing you got to change is the tire. I bought a pair of GEAX Roadster tires for my bike just to try out the feel of it. The trails in Silang are slowly disappearing, which made me think of mounting slick tires.
Here is the tire specification:
Tire Diameter: 26"
Tire Width: 1.5"
Tire Weight: 650grams
Recommended Tire Pressure: 60psi
Maximum Tire Pressure: 75psi

black side wall tires

Image (c) GEAX
Performance: Low rolling resistance makes my rig go a little faster. I shaved off a few seconds off from my usual bike time. It rolls fast on pavement and dry packed foot paths. I haven't tested this on wet pavement and mud.
Overall: I like this tire. I would use this during the dry months and reserve my wider XC tires for the wet season.
Disclaimer: this is just comparing today and Nov 19 bike run. Non-scientific comparison, the conditions were not the same for the run. Course was the usual exercise route I take.

Course run with Panaracer Soar XC 26x2.1

Created by Google My Tracks on Android.

Name: 11/19/2013 6:52am
Activity type: cycling
Description: -
Total distance: 31.21 km (19.4 mi)
Total time: 1:56:29
Moving time: 1:50:26
Average speed: 16.07 km/h (10.0 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 16.95 km/h (10.5 mi/h)
Max speed: 54.40 km/h (33.8 mi/h)
Average pace: 3.73 min/km (6.0 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 3.54 min/km (5.7 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 1.10 min/km (1.8 min/mi)
Max elevation: 274 m (899 ft)
Min elevation: 44 m (143 ft)
Elevation gain: 766 m (2512 ft)
Max grade: 13 %
Min grade: -18 %
Recorded: 11/19/2013 6:52am

Course run with GEAX Roadster 26x1.5

Created by Google My Tracks on Android.

Name: 11/21/2013 6:18pm
Activity type: cycling
Description: -
Total distance: 31.46 km (19.5 mi)
Total time: 2:01:18
Moving time: 1:49:38
Average speed: 15.56 km/h (9.7 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 17.22 km/h (10.7 mi/h)
Max speed: 55.15 km/h (34.3 mi/h)
Average pace: 3.86 min/km (6.2 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 3.48 min/km (5.6 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 1.09 min/km (1.8 min/mi)
Max elevation: 270 m (887 ft)
Min elevation: 37 m (121 ft)
Elevation gain: 742 m (2436 ft)
Max grade: 20 %
Min grade: -26 %
Recorded: 11/21/2013 6:18pm

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A Bike Commuter's Open Letter to the Motorist

Dear Motorist,

How are you doing? I hope you are doing well, so is your family. I am writing you a letter because I wanted to let you know of a few things.
On owning cars
First off, we don't hate cars. Some of us own cars too. As a kid, I am fascinated by it, and wanted to own one someday. See, we don't hate cars, we use it as a tool, as a transport, as a means of getting around. We use them to haul big things that our bikes simply can't carry. We use it to get to places and events when we need to arrive clean and not sweaty. We, bike commuters, however, prefer to use our bicycles more than our cars for a variety of reasons. We wanted to save on money. You see, a majority of us earn incomes that simply could not afford to maintain a car-centric life. You may see us riding our bikes to and from work. You may know us as "Manong" who ride beat up bicycles, with tools of our trade hanging from our backpacks. Some of us, though earning a lot more, just wanted to exercise and prefer commuting by bicycle where parking is way much easy.
On Road Sharing
We appreciate your tolerance on the road. We are slow moving and you see us as road hazards. We thank you nonetheless for being tolerant and sharing the road with us. We appreciate you not blasting your horns to hard. You give us space when passing us. There are other motorists who hate us. They cut us off, splash rainwater at us, generally being discourteous. Thank you for not being one of them. Thank you also for bearing with discourteous bike commuters who do not follow road signs. We do not condone such acts.
On Pollution
We ride on roads and are exposed to the elements. Unlike you, the motorist, we are do not have airconditioning and a roof to protect our heads from rain and the harsh sun. We appreciate if you tune up your vehicles and make sure you don't belch smoke. You may scoff at this, but you air conditioner does not shield you completely from the six common pollutants. Gases, such as carbon monoxide, oxides of nitrogen and sulfur, pass through an air conditioner filter. Go easy on the accelerator pedal please.
On the Earth's Future
By default, a cyclist cares about the environment. We minimize greenhouse gas emissions simply by limiting the use of cars for short travel distances. We care not only for you, but for the future of your children too.
I hope you consider the points we want to convey. Again, we want to thank you for bearing with us.
We are human beings too. We maybe your father, husband, son, brother, mother, daughter, wife or sister.

Sincerely Yours,
Bike Commuter

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Laguna Lake Loop - Part 2

Why do mountain climbers climb mountains? Because the mountain is there. The same holds true, a cyclist will travel, because the road is there.
Last November 2, 2013, three avid cyclists went on a clockwise loop of Laguna Lake.
Off we went, starting from Binan.

Water break in Alabang
All smiles ... for now
Taytay - Angono border - Along the Laguna Lake Coastal Road

Less than one fourth the way
In the town of Morong, Rizal, they try to eliminate the letter "D" as much as possible. The sign says "Banayar" instead of "Banayad". In effect, they say "Rahan-rahan lang baka ikaw'y marisgrasya"
In Rizal, the roads turn to makeshift grain dryers
One third done, two thirds to go!
Cant smile no more. This is the start of the looong climb to Bugarin
You okay back there?
Dogs got nothing compared to me
These roadies make it look very easy
This is Bugarin
After a seemingly endless climb, you start becoming philosophical and ask "Why am I here?"
Ross, bike and the boundary
Second time around
What a relief
Doing 50 at Mabitac

Kalayaan, Laguna

Laguna Lake as seen in Lumban

Pagsanjan Church

Part 1 - Binan to Mabitac

Part 2 Mabitac to Victoria

Part 2 - Victoria to Binan

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