Shiny Happy People

My 3rd Genting-Sempah ride. This time with my Brompton S6R. The weather was really great and my Carradice Rack/Trunk Bag served me well. It was stuffed with my water bottle, DSLR (body + 50 mm lense), mobile phone, wallet, tool roll & mini hand pump which allowed me to pedal freely without any bag on my back or hip. I love the simplicity and classic design of this rack bag. With 4 points of velcro, it only takes 30 second to attach the bag to my rear rack steadily. The happiest part was when I arrived home safely, saw happy faces of my wife and daughter after this wonderful ride.

Steel Is Real 9

1st ride with my new fully rigid steel single speed 29er. At a glance, 29 inch wheels really gave me a new feel and experience. It gave me more confidence when downhilling, cornering and rolling over obstacles. Climbing also seems to be easier.  My previous hardtail was Santa Cruz Chameleon, geared with front suspension fork which I used to ride it on cross country trails with a bit of technical downhill. However the fact that I spent most of my rides on road has made me feel to build a ‘basic’ off road/mountain bike. Therefore I chose fully rigid steel single speed because of its simplicity and originality. Without any suspension, your body will be more connected to the ground. Yes it will hurts but with practices and developed skills, you will discover a different kind of fun and thrill. Unconsciously, after a few rides you will make yourself a better rider without any help of expensive suspension fork and that bulky/noisy set of gears. By the way, I’m waiting for my Jones Aluminium Loop H-Bar! 🙂

Independence Ride

After months of waiting, finally completed my LOW Track Std. This was my first ride and discovered that it was a bit tight. I trusted Andrew Low for recommending 52 frame and I need a little adjustment to meet the comfortable needed. Yes my bike will be in relax mode. That is why I’ve decided to pick Track Std frame with flat handlebar and Brooks B17 (Brooks forever!) at the first place. For the next ride I will flip the stem for better comfort and surely it will look less aggressive than my first setup. Stay tune for second review and list of components.