Long Haul Hardcase

A friend of mine is going to take her Brompton on a trip from Singapore to Toronto taking a 26-hour journey with a stop in good old Narita airport. The titanium model was her choice since it’s a bit lighter than her full steel B.

Brompton in Lojel luggageBased on experience from other friends who’ve also gone on longer flights with their B’s, she decided that she’d use a Lojel Streamline 31″ luggage on the trip. It fits airline size requirements and she can add a lot more stuff in between the nooks and crannies of the bike. It is also a happy shade of purple, fitting her personal color requirement. LOL.
Brompton in Lojel luggage
She test-packed it this weekend, just to see what she needed to do to make the bike fit. First, she lay a bath rug on the base, to help cushion the bike.
Brompton in Lojel luggage
This particular bike has an extended titanium seatpost with a Brooks saddle. The longer seatpost combined with the saddle couldn’t fit in without distorting the shape of the luggage so she decided to disassemble it. Without the saddle, the bike fit in perfectly, even without having to remove the seatpost.
Brompton in Lojel luggage
There’s a lot of leftover space in the luggage. The removed saddle was stuffed between the wheels while the exposed seatpost was protected with bubble wrap. Spare parts, tools, and other removed jiggly bits were added into a ziplock bag.
Brompton in Lojel luggageShe tested the closing up the luggage and it was fine. There was enough space even through the bag’s width. And with the 4 roller wheels, it was easy enough to maneuver without needing to carry the Lojel. I do worry about it a bit though because the luggage material didn’t seem strong enough to support the weight of the bike plus other things — but since quite a few of other Brompton owners we know have used and flown with this particular bag in question with no issues, I figure it shouldn’t do so bad on at least a couple of flights.

It’s also not very obvious, but there’s a LOT of space between the bike and the base. Packing a few days worth of clothes plus a helmet won’t be an issue at all.

New Bike!

I ordered myself a new Brompton! It’s one of those X models, so the rear triangle and forks are made of titanium.

Local distributor Mighty Velo (formerly known as Diginexx) has an excellent promo for pre-orders that includes getting a FREE GAME BAG amongst other things, and Brompton itself is sort of phasing out their titanium model, so I figure this is gonna be the best time to get a “limited edition” model. Not gonna lie, I’m not the biggest fan of the (what I find) insanely overpriced Game Bag, but there’s no turning down something that’s FREE!

People have been asking why I wanted a Ti Brompton. I’m not a weight weenie anyway but I did want a Brompton that’s less prone to corrosion. Singapore’s weather is wet more than half the year and cleaning up after rust-able parts is not fun! The slightly lesser weight makes it a bit easier to lug around when I have to haul it up those PCN bridge overpasses too.

Brompton S1E-X
It arrives next month! I can’t wait!

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

Spinlinster

SpinLister
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: http://google.org/crisismap/a/gmail.com/TyphoonYolanda

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