Sunday, June 29, 2014

Project bike: Iron Man

An old frame, an old fork, both given a new leash in life by repainting them. Re-imagining it as something unique. Instead of painting your bike frame a dull color or restoring it to its original paint, you could make it into a Marvel superhero. Enter Iron Man. Iron Man is cool, Iron Man is Tech.

Started off with an old frame, sanded, and stripped to bare metal
Generic Frame

Stripsol, Scraper, Paintbrush and a lot of patience
From this...

...to this
Sent the frame to an airbrush artist. Iron man was selected as a theme
Frame painted a silver base that turned into...

...this

Prepping the bike

Road Testing

Reuse Reduce Recycle - Old Fork Repainted
Suntour EPICON 'Iron Man' Edition

Mixed Components

Ready to pound the pavement
Update: Tested the bike up Tagaytay via Casile Road. Let the bike run through various types of terrain and riding conditions.


Brakes needed bleeding as I experienced brake fade and lock when negotiating the downhill run.


Component list:

Frame: Unknown brand - styled ala KHS Alite Frame
Fork: SR Suntour Epicon 2011
Headset: FSA Zero Stack

Drive Train:
Shifter: Shimano SLX
Crank: Shimano Deore 3 ring
Cogs: Shimano SLX 10 speed
Chain: Shimano SLX
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT Dynasis
Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore

Brakes: Shimano Deore
Front rotor: Shimano 7" Center lock
Rear rotor: Shimano 6" Center lock

Handle bar, Seat post, Stem: Truvativ Team Stylo

Saddle: Strace
Pedals: MKS MTE Ezy

Monday, June 2, 2014

Timberland - Casile - Wawa Dam Adventure

May 31, 2014 - The last day of May. I got invited by one of my bike buddies to a river crossing adventure. I was told this would involve traversing Marikina River.

Off to Timberland

The trip will make you climb up Wall 1 and 2 in Timberland. Prepare yourself to climb 390 meters in 5 kilometers of road.
Information Billboard near Green zone

More Mud, More fun



Downhill to Marikina River

From a maximum elevation of 447 meters, you will descend to 79 meters ASL in a distance of 5.8 kilometers

Downhill Fun


Rock Garden
The crew
Single Track
At elevation 79 meters


Traversing the Marikina River

After resting for 2 hours, we traversed Marikina River, crossing it 6 times. 
Marikina River at 14.702127, 121.209442

River Crossing at 14°42'05.5"N 121°11'58.6"E

Sixth River Crossing at 14°43'51.1"N 121°11'10.4"E
Wawa Dam

After an hour of hiking, river crossing and cycling, we reached Wawa dam.

Spider bike
At Wawa Dam
Spillover Dam