I just found my missing old GoPro Hero Wide inside an old shoe box, and it is still in good working condition. I remember this being my first sports camera, my father bought this for me back in 2009 during his trip to the US, this came from the REI store in SF. Back then HD was yet to be introduced, to battle-out the dilemma of older cameras with limited view range, GoPro upgrade the Hero Standard and fitted it with a Wide Angle Lens.

Still in good working condition, not for sale of course.

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I was instructed this afternoon of June 22nd, by my pops to take out his bike and see if I can clear the creaking noise from his long-resting Ibis Tranny (carbon mtb hardtail). And so I brought it out to UP Diliman to do some trail riding. 

Found out that the creaking came from the rear derailleur rear hub and brake calipers, nothing a few lube drops (for the hub), re-alignment (calipers) and "on-the-trail" tune-up can't fix.

No lengthy videos though, as I've grown tired of doing that after so many years...

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After 4 months, I'm finally back on the saddle... but this time on the same bike I started with back in 2009. This was my father's mtb back in the 90's... most of it's miles came from long distance touring and commuting.

When I started my blog , this was the first bike I started with after college back in 2008... I had 10,000kms+ on this steed from trail biking to nearly daily commutes (excluding dad's mileage in the 90's)

With the revival of Dia, this 1991 Diamondback AscentEx... it was also about time I revived my blog.

#steelistherealdeal #retrobike


The problem of having spare bike parts lying around your room is a big dilemma for every cyclist. Sometimes with just a pair of rapidfire shifters or some tires lying around... it suddenly turns into a bike.

And yes, my dilemma right now is what to do with this Rockshox SID Race I have wielded into a smashing club. Can't sell it, as this was Dad's gift a few years back (well more like "give" as he got a Fox F32 to replace this one).

Another dilemma I have right now is that I can't keep on using the oldschooler for my bike commuting as it is really owned by my father. The only bike I own is the Shawn H-3, which is not really meant for commuting as it is damned heavy (because it's a Freeride Bike, with DH components >_> ). So I'm thinking of getting a Hi-Tensile Steel SS Commuter frame... preferably a custom-made on by Maldea.

Oh well... aside from the frame, all that I need now are chaintugs, rims and mechanical disc brakes (probably will just get some second-hand or third-hand TEKTROs or Avid BB5s).
When we talk about suspension forks and shocks, the first brands you first get to think of are the big four: FOX, ROCKSHOX, MANITOU and MARZOCCHI.

But a few months ago, a new company emerged from the mountainbiking scene called DVO, and introduced the Emerald Downhil Fork. It had everything you wanted in a DH Fork, it's lighter and sturdier and twin tube cartridges. Plus the fact that it comes in Emerald Green.

Then just a few days ago, DVO Suspension just released, the partner of the Emerald, the Jade Coil Rear Shock.

Here's something from //Pinkbike on the new Jade Shock:

The Emerald is about to have a partner in crime with the new Jade Coil in the works! Our engineer Tom Rogers takes us through some of the cool features that set the shock apart from the rest. Check it out! 

Hope that DVO's suspension systems arrive here in the Philippines soon.
Every year I usually have a Wishlist. Well not really for Christmas, as it's already considered cliche. A few years back I had a Wishlist/Buylist on this blog, but opted to remove it.

With Nine-speed drive-trains slowly being removed from the market, I've come to a conclusion that what I need most is 9-speed drive-train spares while supplies last. Some has been telling me that 10-speed Bicycle Drivetrains the better option, sadly I'm not riding with the bandwagon. As I'm aware that 9-speed chains are tougher than the thinner 10-speed option. If it was possible to go 8-speed, and if Shimano still produces Deore XT 8-speed or SRAM still produces SRAM 7.0 8-speed, I'd go for that.

So let's stop with the chase, here is my short wishlist for 2012 Christmas.... that's I'm sure it's not gonna happen.

Expensive ain't it... well chainreactioncycles' the only site I'm aware of which is still selling 9-speed bicycle components. Maybe soon, when there's stock I'd buy each and every piece soon.
This time around, I tried doing something I haven't done for a long time. Back then when I was doing taekwondo in high school, I always had a short muscle stretching. So with the same routine I had back then. I applied it for today's run session. Of course not on the treadmill this time. Another Couch-to-3k run, this time around the village. From what I remember on the cyclocomp, one run around the village's outer streets is equivalent to 0.63 km. So this time I based my intervals around that run... took longer than expected as there were a number of 20 to 30deg inclines.

  • 1st Lap  - 0.63km - 8:21
  • 2nd Lap - 0.63km - 9:33
  • 3rd Lap - 0.63km - 8:02
  • * 10 minute break
  • 4th Lap - 0.63km - 8:09
  • 5th Lap - 0.63km - 9:44
  • 6th Lap - 0.63km - 10:25
Unlikely I was to finish exhausted... took longer than the usual this time around, damn those inclines... and running on the pavement's definitely better than on the treadmill... still having sore feet, fuck flatfooted-ness.