Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Maxxis Shorty... definitely GNARLY!

Ok just last night I dropped by Eastwood City to get my new front tire from an online seller (who owns a physical shop in Taytay, Rizal).

The tire isn't the same as the previous one I bought (Ardent), this one had bigger blocks and is meant to be ridden hard on mud, dirt and of course was meant to be for the rainy season, that's what the Maxxis Shorty was made for.

Maxxis Shorty 26 x 24 ST from Ciclismo Bike Shop

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Vittorio Brumotti doing stunts near Escolta

Sadly I wasn't able to go to the #Philbike Expo this weekend due to overlapping schedules (cleaning the house is a priority). Though this Sunday morning I was able to go out and have a bike ride with a family friend to SM Mall of Asia... and on the way back, he saw a lot of people gathering by Jones Bridge. We got curious and stopped by to look, and found pro road-bike trials rider, Vittorio Brumotti doing a publicity stunt by hucking on top of a Jeepney and bunny-hopping it to another and back.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Rainy Season has Come

Another Thursday has come, and bike commuting has always been fruitful, both to my legs and my health. Though when the rainy season arrives, bike commuting starts to become a dilemma. Roads become slippery; dirt and grime sticks to your drive train, and worst of all you get home all wet or all wet and yucky mucky.

Though this morning I got to CIIT dry, but when I was about to go home... the rain poured and going home has become a very hard thing to do. Especially when you're carrying electronics and gadgets that aren't waterproof (external hard drives and such). The good thing though, improvising gear for the rainy season has proven to be very good thing to do. It's like having a McGyver-like instinct inside all of us.

So to get my stuff home all dry, I had to request our maintenance guy at the office for a trash bag in which I modded to fit my backpack straps. And ta-da, McGyver-ized Bag Cover.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Via's Birthday Dinner @ The Daily Grind

One of the great things being an educator is being in contact with your former students. So one of my former students from another school recently graduated, and has been working as a designer and was about to celebrate today. She had plans to celebrate it with me and my wife (who she's friends with).

Though my wife and I have a tradition of treating birthday celebrants, instead of them taking money from their own wallets and treating their guests. And so she was surprised to be treated by us... at the Daily Grind, a burger and ribs restaurant near the school my wife and I are teaching.

Sadly my work schedule ends at 9:00PM every Wednesdays, and so I had them go there ahead of me. So when 9PM came, I followed suit.

Aya and Via peeping from the window looking and waiting for me.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Mounting the Ardent on the Banshee Viento

So before mounting the Ardent to the front, I got curious if the tire would fit in the rear since that was originally the plan. According to the data provided by the inter-web, the Banshee Viento had a maximum tire clearance of 26 x 2.35. That was what the data mentioned and explained.

I believe the source came from Banshee, but this was found from a site online.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Viento Tire Replacement: Maxxis Ardent

So after three years, I'm finally replacing one of my bike's tires. Away with the deteriorating Kenda Nevegal DTC 26 x 2.35 front tire and in with the new Maxxis Ardent 26 x 2.4 EXO Protection.

This will probably the first time I bought a non-folding bead tire. The reason for the switch to a wire bead tire, was because of the scarcity of 26 inch tires in my country, especially with models with great traction and thicker widths (oh so cruel 650Bs).

According to reviews Ardents are good trail tires for hardpack and medium conditions, Though most have it equipped in the rear. I'll soon be having this placed in the rear, once I get to acquire a Maxxis High Roller II 26 x 2.4 for the front.

Will mount this tomorrow~!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Bike Commute and my first try on making Ilocano Miki

Thursday is usually my bike commuting day, as my vehicle's banned from taking the public roads because of color coding. And for some time now, I've been off the saddle more because of my work as an educator, and adjusting to life as a husband to my loving wife.

Stopped by the Hungry Rover @ UP Diliman's AS Parking

Just this afternoon, on my way home I stopped over at UP Diliman to spot food trucks parked at the A.S. Parking. Stopping over proved to be a good idea, as biking from one location to another increases my hunger to consume more food (can't help it). So I spent my merienda (snack), and ordered "Pork and Mushroom Sisig" from the Hungry Rover - Taco Trike, a food truck/trike that serves Beef Salpicao, Tacos, Sisig and Burgers... high protein fast food... though "Pork and Mushroom Sisig" is not really part of their regular menu, as they only opted in serving this as they ran out of ingredient for both "Pork and Bacon Sisig" and their "Mushroom and Bacon Sisig". For 89 Philippine Pesos ($1.90), you get a creamy mouth-watering Sisig meal served with a cup of Buttered Rice.

Also, I got the chance to test ride the bashguard-less setup on the Viento. And it looks a lot cleaner without the bulky-ness of the bashguard installed before. Definitely a good decision that I'm proud of.

Going Bashguard-less was the best decision I've done so far.

I arrived home early today, to prepare a meal that I promised my wife for weeks now... but often get's postponed because of job interviews and overtime at work.

I am to prepare a dish called, Ilokano Miki. A noodle soup dish native to the Ilocos Region. Though I plan to variate a little from the traditional dish and add some Longganisang Cagayan in it.

So why Miki? And not something foreign?

To start with, my roots traces back to the Ilokanos of the far north and north east. My father is a native of Laoag, Ilocos Norte (a place famous for their Ilocos Empanada, Dinakdakan and Miki) and my mom hails for San Jose, Nueva Ecija (a place known for their farmlands and dairy milk). Ilokano Miki has been a part of my life, and it is usually served during birthday celebrations and close family gatherings. It is a dish that I do not mind eating three-times a day.

And another reason... my folks sent over a pack of "Miki Noodles" to my house. :)

1/2 a Kilo of Miki Noodles sent by my folks.