There’s this road in San Pablo that winds its way around a Sampaloc Lake. its approximately 3.5 kilometers long and has been the most popular walking, running and biking stretch of asphalt ever since I can remember.
One of my first rides was around this lake was organized by a Jesuit brother named James Dunne to raise funds for a cause that I have already forgotten. The idea was that several kind souls would donate one peso to the fund for every kilometer ridden on a bicycle around the lake. Brother Dunne borrowed all the bicycles he could and gathered a good number of volunteers from the grade school and high school departments of Ateneo de San Pablo where he taught and herded us to Sampaloc Lake to ride.
I cannot recall how much we raised that day but I do remember it went to the thousands. I also remember that it was the first time that a ride game me the most fun.
I visited the lake last weekend and I was pleasantly surprised that it was still the most popular road to walk, run or ride on. Below are some of the photos I took (click to enlarge).
i try not to call me riding my bike as ‘practice‘ because it sounds like i have a very specific target in mind. it just doesn’t sound right to my ears. i think the word ‘riding‘ is more appropriate for my goals and covers more ground. and it sounds more fun.
i ride to better my skills at handling a bike. i ride to lose weight and keep myself in good shape. thankfully, riding also keeps me from going back to smoking. i ride to keep my mental health intact although some of you might quip that i never had it together in the first place.
a couple of days ago i went out for an errand ride to buy a few things from the corner store. i mistimed a stop and i almost fell. almost. i had to suddenly lean on a nearby car which surprised the driver enough to roll down his windows and, with eyebrows almost meeting, asked what happened. i told him what happened and i apologized and he nodded in acknowledgement. i have to note that at some point i can’t help feeling that he was more concerned about his car than my well being.
this led me to the conclusion that i need more riding time to sharpen my balance and my bike-handling skills even more especially at very low speeds. so i ride when i can whenever there’s an opportunity.
this song by temper trap is included in my playlist which i named ‘bike run‘. the playlist includes music i’d like to keep in the background when i bike or when i’m on the trainer or music which reminds me that i should be taking my bike out for a ride. some of the other songs that are included in the list are:
where the streets have no name – u2
stolen car (radio mix) – sting
lanterns – birds of tokyo
so you see, my ‘bike run‘ playlist obviously needs more songs. would you have any recommendations?
you can leave a comment here or send your recommendations to firstname.lastname@example.org
ps. i do not recommend plugging your ears and drowning out external noise when cycling about on public roads. that’s dangerous in my opinion.
so. this thing happened a couple of weekends ago and i only got post these recently. i’m not entirely happy about one of the screens but i am happy that its finally here. so the saying, “if you want it done right, you have to do it yourself” is true. so i got a blank silkscreen, photo emulsion mix, a squeegee, and a couple of screen printing accessories. i’d have to start teaching myself how expose the screens myself.
i’m actually a bit excited about this that i have a couple more designs that i have to put on paper soon.
i like watching these kinds of videos because it gives me a rough image of how urban riding is in other cities (this one’s in new york) and compare it to riding conditions in manila. i also get insights on the behavior of drivers there as compared to the local drivers.
for starters, the streets seem to have wider lanes because there’s enough space in between vehicles for a bike. here during peak traffic hours, 12 — 15 inches between vehicles is probably the norm.
we also have more types of vehicles on our streets with jeeps being at the top of the list and tricycles — pedicabs, sidecars, kuligligs – being a close second.
i got these bicycle lights from saizen a couple of weeks ago for php 88.00 — that’s roughly us$ 2.00. i don’t have testing equipment that will tell you how much lumens these things are churning out but i can tell you the two led lights are bright enough to show me what’s three to four meters in front of me. as long as i’m not riding at speed i should be good. they’re also blinkies. they also have two other settings — fast and slow blinks which should greatly increase your visibility on the road.
if you ride at night, you must have lights. besides, these things are cheap enough not to cause a dent in your wallet. get two sets — one for the front and one for the rear.
lito asked me to turn his usb drive into an ubuntu startup disk so he can install ubuntu desktop on a pc he recently acquired. the drive arrived with these guys which quickly became my weekend reading stack — march to august 2013 issues of bicycling. someone called it bike pron
halloween night. we call it undas. it is that time of year where the walls between worlds thins out and one can run with the visiting spirits. the dimmed streets seem abandoned by motorists and the night’s bike run was quiet and uneventful.