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.
Alright it's been a few days since I got my shoes, tried running on the treadmill... well I'm not surprised if the results were bad. After all this was my first try running. My target now is a Couch-to-3k.

1st km - 12:03 minutes
2nd km - 14.11 minutes (5% incline)
3rd km - 15.41 minutes

Each kilometer set, had an inbetween of 3 minute cool down walks. Definitely not a good one. As just this morning I feel muscle aches over muscle aches. shet.
Got myself some FILA SKELE-TOES 3.0, it was on-sale at Royal Atheltics Shop @ Isetann Recto. 1699php's a great price point though. It feels good, except for the fact that it's not a five toe shoe, but a four toe shoe. But still I like the fact that it's better than a standard running shoe. It's light and feels close to barefooted.

Vibram FiveFingers is a dream, but for the starting runner like me, a FILA Skele-toes is just around the right budget for me. And they even got it in my color-scheme, GREEEN!
I have been put on suspension from biking, well for private reasons. Both from the doctor's advise, parental advise and partner's request. It's not permanent, if it was... I would have closed this blog forever.

Anyway, I have to face reality... without biking I wouldn't have any sport to support my body's needs. A form of exercise. I have done golf, taekwondo, wall climbing and even airsoft, and as it seems getting back on those would be troublesome for a long run. 

Golf's expensive (but I sort-of miss swinging my old Square Two clubs), Taekwondo's going to crack more bones and give me more muscle cramps (although I do miss competing in poomse competitions as well as sparring), As for wall climbing, already sold my wall climbing gear from HS... then there's airsoft, the game's great but it burns a whole more on your wallet that golf and cycling.

My feet and legs are still toned and trained from all the cycling I've done... so I thought why not run? Although am sure that running requires different leg muscles... so I guess I should try it.

I was never a runner, I was more of a sprinter. High school was the last time I was able to wear running shoes, even running and training under a club (JASMS PAA Athletics). My dilemma when running is that I'm flat-footed, and I easily get exhausted in the long run. It's a dilemma, but it seems natural. So I guess I'll have to face the natural and start running again.

So what shoes do I get? Any suggestions?

Contemplating on getting a Vibram FiveFingers KSO, expensive but might be worth it. And the new FILA Skele-toes, cheaper but might be a fresh start to toe shoes.