Friday, August 14, 2015

Banshee Viento Rebuild: Morning Ride that's full of surprises (part 3)

Since my teaching schedule today's set in the evening, I took the Viento out for a yesterday morning, riding the usual trails around UP Diliman's campus. The trail's were rather moist and muddy due to the rains these past few days.

Thru the initial mileage, the suspension worked really well, though fine tuning it would further improve the rebound and compression adjustments. Then every surprise happened after I started riding with my usual aggressive trail maneuvering. I did a four-feet drop near the Art and Sciences parking lot, in which I missed landing the bike properly, causing me to end with a flat rear tire.

Pinched flat, with two snake bites. Good thing I brought patches, though bad thing is... my air pump's not working, so I borrowed from a stranger. What an unlucky morning.
Auggh, every time I bring my pump, I don't get a flat...

So I took out my spare tube, only to find that it's missing a valve. Pfft, so to all the readers out there, make sure to purchase a trusted brand of inner tube for your bikes, my spare tube was of a generic brand.

So there was no other choice but to patch my punctured tube. The patches I'm using are, Topeak's FLYPAPER Glueless Patch Kit. I bought these last year around November, and I have used two of the 6 patches already. So since I had two punctures now, I'll have to patch them both with the Glueless Flypaper.

applied the first patch, now on to the second... snake bite.

After patching, and inflating air, I was able to run the bike again.... but I didn't get far as the tire deflated after a few meters. So I took out the tire, and found that one of the patches wasn't able to hold on properly to the tube, as the adhesive has worn off.


So I had to patch my tires again, this time applying an extra patch over the other, to make sure the air won't leak.

I was able to get home, but after an hour of having it parked, the air once again leaked, and Topeak's Flypaper Patches' have lost their adhesive's grip. A product that I would never buy again. Pfft. :(

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Banshee Viento Rebuild: New Legs, But Old Trusty Parts (part 2)

So I let go of the Rockshox SID which was light yet didn't fit my cycling style, with fears of bottoming out. So I disassembled the bike a few weeks bike to sell some parts. And just two nights ago, my wife and I found a local seller selling a used but well taken care, SRSuntour Epicon X1 RLO.

Recently acquired SF13 SRSuntour Epicon X1 RLO with 9QR lowers
It may sound like a downgrade to some, but this particular model was what I was looking for. Lightweight and near bombproof, it's the perfect bang-for-the-buck trail fork.

So just after purchasing the fork, and getting home and finished dinner, Amalia (Banshee Viento, named by the first owner), gets rebuilt.

stored in the attic, almost gathering some dust

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Banshee Viento Rebuild: IT'S ALIVE!!! (part 1)

With the support my awesome wife, Aya. 
The Banshee Viento gets rebuilt. 
And it got new sexy front legs~!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Frozen Gummy Bears Popsicle

So my wife, Aya had this crazy idea of freezing gummy bears and then drowning them in Sprite, all fused into a delicious Popsicle Treat. 

So how did it turn out?

Lo and Behold!EXCALIBEARS!

It turned out even greater than what we imagined, truly a delicious treat to enjoy... though make sure not to eat it near an electric fan, as it melts fast. And at a closer inspection, the bears looked like they were in a cryogenic state... poor gummy bears, but oh so delicious~

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Scoot to Work

So the car was sent yesterday to the Land Transportation Office for renewal of it's car registration.

So with no bicycle yet for an alternative means of transportation, my wife let me borrow her Xootr Mg, to help me with my commute to work.

The only problem is it made me reach the office in 2 hrs... 10.4 kilometers. It was a good exercise, but next time if ever Im going to do it again, i'll make sure that the commite is bimodal.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Friday, July 31, 2015

Disassembling the Viento... WHY?!?!

So early this morning, I had the Viento disassembled... I've decided to downgrade because of some reasons, and sell some of its parts. Some of the parts for sale is the Rock Shox SID Race that I have been using as well as the On-One Fleegle Handlebar and Thomson Elite Stem combo....

It's indefinite when I'll be able to rebuild my rig again soon... hopefully when some of the parts get sold, I can get go riding once again.