Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Bike Tech: Product Review - Lezyne Zecto Pro LED Light

Lezyne is a company known for its well crafted products. I have purchased a power cage bottle cage before and was satisfied with it. When I saw the Zecto Drive Pro on display at a local bike shop, I asked the shop attendant to show me how the product works.
I bought one to try it myself.
Maximum Lumens: 160
Weight: 47grams
Recharge Time: 4 to 6 hours. Full charge indicator: steady green light.
Operation Mode and Run Time
The website lists the modes and corresponding run times of the device.
Economy mode gives 40 lumens at 3hours 10minutes run time.
Full Blast modes meanwhile gives 80 lumens for 2hours run time.
Operation Mode

I will try out this weekend on how it's operating on night rides.
Out Of The Box
Here are the contents of the Lezyne Zecto Drive Pro out of the packaging.
Package contents:
Lezyne Zecto Pro
Micro USB Charging Cable

Zecto Pro Packing List

Economy Mode
Blast Mode
The transparent side bezel acts like a light pipe, providing visibility for the rider
Green LED indicator blinks while charging
Mounting the Zecto Pro is easy. The included rubber strap provides a number of ways to mount the unit on your handle bar.

Blog will be updated after testing on trails.

Here is what the Lezyne Zecto Pro beam looks like
Transparent Bezel pipes in light
Two hours of use, 50% battery power

Monday, January 27, 2014

Why Cyclists Ride

Cyclists' passion for the sport may strike some as odd, but this is who we are. We ride for many hours, opting to immerse ourselves in the beauty of nature instead of sitting numb in front of the TV. We ride because we love to ride. And that is the Zen of Riding

Bike Tech: How to Install New Fork

Steps on how to install a new fork on your bicycle:

  1. Put the lower slotted ring on the steer tube
  2. Put the steer tube trough the head tube and install the upper slotted ring and cover plate.
  3. install all the spacers you need.
  4. Push the fork up and install the stem. 
  5. Now mark the upper edge of stem on steer tube. 
  6. Use a tool to fix the fork in to the vice and cut the steer tube about 3 mm below the line you draw.
  7. Smooth the sharp edges with the file.
  8. Install the star nut. Use a small screwdriver and a rubber hammer. Be careful not to damage the legs at the bottom.
  9. Heavily grease lower slotted ring and upper bearing.
  10. Install the fork and the slotted ring. 
  11. Put on cover plate, spacers, stem and top cap. 
  12. Tighten the screw to the point where the fork has no play. Tighten the bolts of the stem.

Check out this video from Bikebook's YouTube Channel

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Bike Trail Review: Dabilan Trail

I've been cycling around the western part of Laguna and eastern Cavite for more than 3 years. Yet I have not explored the trails that extensively. An officemate mentioned a trail that goes from Kaong in Silang to Carmona Estates.
Last January 18, 2014, I rode off early in the morning. Climbed Cardiac Hill and went to Kaong road before turning to Sterling Technopark. Asked for directions going to Daviland or Barangay San Sebastian.
The trail is similar to main trail of Roxas in San Mateo, Rizal. It offers the novice to intermediate riders some degree of technical riding. Unpaved and strewn with small rocks, this trail is good for practicing cross country race.
Just make sure your bike is setup properly. I ran through it using semi-slick tires. This resulted to loosening of front spokes of my wheelset.
This is a 42.0 km route in Biñan City, Philippines. The route has a total ascent of 384.64 m and has a maximum elevation of 305.53 m. This route was created on 01/18/2014.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

New Year 2014: First Bike Ride

Hello 2014! It's the first day of the year, what a fitting time to visit my hometown and go up Shotgun Avenue while at it.
Happy New Year! Perfect weather for a bike ride

Heading north

New Year's Day Celebration Aftermath: Chemical Haze
Say no to 'Crackers
EDSA on New Year's Day
EDSA Shrine
Bike Lane in Commonwealth QC

Entrance to Shotgun
You could see Mt. Makiling's faint outline in the background

Mt. Arayat on the background

Faint outline of Makiling and Tagaytay Ridge

Hitching a Ride Home
Late Afternoon view of Manila

Manila Bay
As the day draws to a close, I went south towards home.

At Tiendesitas having a water break
Pasig River, C5

Finally got home after riding 120 plus kilometers.
Time for the last picture: night shot
The constallation ORION and CANIS MAJOR
Bike Routes:

Part 1: Heading North

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Part 2: Ride to Shotgun

Part 3: Heading South

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