The first month of 2014 is now over! Happy Lunar New Year to everyone!
I was hoping to share with you guys some good news on my first custom built non-folding bike, BUT there’s been a incorrect part built on the mixte that was only found after it arrived in Singapore. It needs to go back to Colossi to get an issue with the rear derailleur hanger sorted out. I’m seriously bummed about that — I haven’t even set eyes on it yet! Oh well, let’s be patient once again.
Anyway, here’s a picture of what it looks like from Crest Pursuit. I hope I get it back soon enough.
Found out about Spinlister a while back from one of my friends. It’s a pretty cool concept — sort of like Airbnb but for bicycles/skis/snowboards. You can book and rent someone’s personal bike online. Likewise, you can also list your bike down for rent.
I think it’s a pretty good concept for areas that don’t have a bike-share system but it’ll only be beneficial if more people sign up to rent out their bikes.
There are only four bikes being rented out in Singapore right now. I wonder if it’ll catch on. How about you — are you renting out your bikes or have you rented a bike on Spinlister? How was the experience?
Where’d the Philippines go? It’s completely behind that white wispy seemingly harmless cloudy thing! As a reference, the country is roughly the size of Arizona if you’re American… or Italy if you’re inclined to be European. And that land mass is mostly covered by the typhoon. Crazy!
One of the worst affected areas is Leyte province. Famous for the largest naval battle in modern history — The Battle of Leyte Gulf in World War 2 — and being the landing site for Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s return signalling the end of Japanese Occupation — news reports are coming out where they say that not a single building is left standing in the region’s largest city, Tacloban. There are other reports saying that entire ISLANDS are missing too.
I don’t normally do this, but I’m appealing to you all for help. Prayers are always good, but action is better.
I’ve been talking — for years, it seems — about wanting a mixte bicycle. I debated over getting a Soma Buena Vista and other brands, but eventually decided on getting a custom built frame from the Dutch/Chinese frame builder Colossi.
While it is technically a Rambler Mixte model, I didn’t want a track/fixed gear bike, so they’re making it with road bike dropouts and options for gearing/fenders/racks etc. In short, commuter friendly.
Here’s the first look on mine. Thanks to the Colossi Team for taking the picture.
I did something I never thought I would yesterday. I sold my Brompton.
It was a spur of the moment decision sparked by the idea that I hadn’t really felt its loss the entire time it was borrowed by a friend of a friend. He’d asked me if he could use it while he was in Singapore. I said sure. When I got it back nearly three months later, I didn’t even think much of it.
And so I figured I could let it go to someone else who’ll use it more often than I did.
A few hours after I posted it on Facebook, I already had a confirmed buyer. In all honesty, I didn’t think it would be sold that quickly.
Goodbye dear Brommie. I hope you have as fun a time with your new owners as I did with you.
I posted something similar to this a long time ago. Once again, I see someone attempt the whole “carrying a folding bike on your back” kind of route. That Brompton’s 25 pounds easy! I foresee a whole slew of back pain unless you’re one of those people who’s used to carrying heavy loads.
Even the shop guys who thought of this don’t recommend it — but it is an option. The particular pack used is a Mystery Ranch NICE Load Sling frame for tactical/military uses. Try and find another frame system if you want to use a backpack carrier for your bike. This one easily costs half a grand in US dollars.
On the other hand, wouldn’t it be cool to see soldiers patrolling (fairly safe, non-risk) areas with folding bikes?
I got this pretty cool chair a month ago called a Helinox Chair One. It’s foldable, packs up into the size of a shoe bag, weighs less than a kilogram, and has the carrying capacity of 145kg. That’s right — one hundred and freaking forty five kilograms! That’s over 300 pounds! It even won some special design award as the best Outdoor Adventure Accessory from some prestigious awarding body.
It’s made of super high tech camping type equipment. Forgive my awe, but aside from cycling you’ll find that I’m not an “outdoorsy” person. The last time I’ve ever camped and built a tent was in middle school — I didn’t realize how amazing things have gotten since then. You could just imagine my face when I checked out the Helinox video then. View it! You won’t regret it! (Or maybe that’s just me. Hahaha!)
Since it’s really small, it’s also a great product to bring around with you on bike rides. Today, a friend and I went to pick up some more Helinox chairs plus a folding table (which I won from an online contest, score!) from Hornest in East Coast Park’s Big Splash. I attached one chair the saddle rails of the Gogobike — that’s the gray bag. The two other chairs and table were inside a Brompton C-bag with room to spare.
Task of the day done, we were wondering what to do with the rest of our time when it finally came to us — let’s be lazy and chill! We cycled a bit more and found a nice spot by the sea where the sounds of the changing tides drowned out the sounds of the other people enjoying the park.
There we sat until dusk.
PS. I know I’ve yet to write about Penang’s Campaign for a Lane 2013. Sorry about that. Still compiling photos from other folks.