mo:Rack-ing, more rolling

In an dense urban environment, one of the important things necessary for multi-modal folding bike use is the ability to easily cart the bike around when folded. It’s precisely this reason, and my relatively short size, that makes me prefer smaller wheeled folding bikes. I’ve had two 20″ wheeled foldies, and each one was a pain in the ass — I’d end up doing a half-roll/half-carry method inching my way slowly. I suppose that anything that would make transporting a folded bike easier would catch my eye, and that’s exactly what happened with this product.

Ok, let’s get some background information first. My friend Jenny, who blogs at BilogGirl, flew over to Singapore to attend this year’s OCBC Cycle Singapore event.

BilogGirl in OCBC Cycle Singapore 2014As with all other previous OCBC Cycle Singapore events, there’s a “Cycle Village” where many local shops go and hawk their wares. So there I was, walking around looking at products when I spot this this guy rolling a 20″ foldie on it’s end. Whoa, what?!

mo:Rack by KlappenI went closer trying to identify the bike because I thought it was a Tern with a redesigned Biologic Trolley Rack. Then, realizing that the bike was a Dahon, I thought maybe the brand finally came up with their own version of a trolley rack. And then, I saw the flyers. Oh, hello.

mo:Rack by KlappenIt was an entirely new product I’ve never heard of before — the Singaporean designed mo:Rack by Klappen (from Cyclecycle) — and it’s a pretty cool because it can fit “most” 20″ frames!

Here’s another one, in black.

mo:Rack by KlappenAnd here’s how it looks like when the bike’s not folded. Still a rack. Still usable.

mo:Rack by Klappen

Youtube’s even got sample vids of the unfolding, folding, and rolling actions. Go check ‘em out.

That’s pretty much all the information I know. If you want, you can go and contact the guys behind the mo:Rack directly, or go visit their shop in Woodlands (This is in Singapore, btw, just in case you guys forgot or something.)

Cyclecycle Singapore business card
Cyclecycle Singapore addressOH WAIT, I NEARLY FORGOT! It retails for S$225! That’s about USD $180 or Php8000. If you’re in the Philippines, I’d say it’s only worth getting if you have a mid-range folding bike. If you have a tupayb, or a bike that costs around the same as the rack, this might be a ridiculous purchase. (Unless you really want it, then go get it! Whatever floats your boat, man.)

PS. This is not an paid ad or anything. I honestly think it’s an awesome product that can benefit many folks out there especially since it seems the majority of folding bikes are equipped with 20″ wheels!

Oh, and here’s a Brompton S-bag with the London Skyline flap I spotted at the Mighty Velo booth! It’s so pretty!

Brompton S-bag with a London Skyline flap

Still waiting for the Mixte

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.

my #mixte frame is here


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?

Spinlister test for Brooklyn

This Is For My Motherland

I’m not sure if you know, but I’m Filipino.

Recently, super typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) swept through the nation — in particular, through the middle and largely rural section of the Philippines (This same region experienced a 7.2 magnitude earthquake less than a month ago. Talk about bad luck.) — and the effects have been devastating. Photos and news reports on the aftermath are heartbreaking.

Typhoon Haiyan

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.

For logistical details (Evacuation Centers, etc) on Yolanda/Haiyan, you can view this Google Map:

If you have any information on someone missing or you’re looking for someone, Google now has a Person Finder that’s available online or as a mobile app.

Or, if you’d like to help with resources (and since you’re already browsing on the Internet), you can donate via the following organizations online:

Something Different

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. :)

Rambler Mixte

Goodbye Brompton

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.

Goodbye Brompton

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.

The Brompton's new owners

Goodbye dear Brommie. I hope you have as fun a time with your new owners as I did with you.

Ouch. My back.

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.

Breaking BackEven 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?