Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Mountain Biking Basic


Before You Buy a Mountain Bike - A Buyers Guide

Buying a mountain bike can be a bit frustrating and can take some time. This guide will help you put some thought into it before you lay down the cash and make the process go a bit smoother
Determine Your Price
There is virtually no limit to how much money you can spend on a new mountain bike. To keep your spending under control, figure out what price range you are willing to pay for your new bike and try to only look at bikes within that price range. I do not recommend buying a bike from a mass-merchant store such as Wal-Mart or Costco. Support your local bike shop and get a better product and much better service.
Find Your Style – What Kind of Riding Do You Want To Do
Mountain bikes are designed for several different riding styles and terrain. You will need to figure out what type of riding you will be doing most of the time. Is it smooth trail riding, cross-country racing, all mountain cruising or lift accessed gravity mayhem? Make sure the bikes you look at fit your riding style and not the sales staff’s.
· Do I Need a Women's Specific Bike
· What's My Suspension Style

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Full Suspension or Hardtail ? – Comfort vs. Efficiency
I always recommend a full suspension mountain bike if you can afford it. Hardtails, without rear suspension, are lighter weight and pedal more efficiently but full suspension designs offer more comfort and better control. You will want to decide based on your price range, riding style and terrain.
· FAQ - Full Suspension Vrs. Hardtail
· How Much Suspension?
The Component Conundrum – Find Your Favorites
It is nearly impossible to compare mountain bikes component to component. There are simply too many combinations. I recommend finding a few components that are most important to you for comparison and make sure the rest fall within some sort of minimums for your price range. I usually start with the fork and then look at the wheels and rear derailleur.
· Component Reviews
· Disc Brakes or Rim Brakes?
· Standard or Tubeless Rims
Sales, Seasons, and Bonuses – Get a Good Deal
Mountain bike prices can fluctuate significantly during the year. The main buying season is from spring through summer. If you are lucky enough to be able to wait until the right price comes up, usually in the fall and winter, you can save a few hundred dollars. You will also find that a lot of bike shops will offer discounts on accessories or other products and services when you buy from them. There is nothing wrong with buying last years model if it fits your needs.
Find a Good Dealer
Finding a good dealer can be more important than getting a good price. Find a dealer that cares more about selling you the right bike than selling you the more expensive one. A good dealer should have a clean repair shop and you should feel like you can trust them.
Test Ride, and then Test Ride Some More
Test ride as many bikes as you can in your price range and riding style category. You will find that some bikes will just feel right while others don’t. The more bikes you ride the better feel you will have for what you like and what you don’t.
· How to Set Your Seat Height
· Proper Seat Position
· How to Set Your Tire Pressure
Do Some Research – Read Some Product Reviews
Product reviews are a great way to find out about a mountain bikes performance and reliability. Look your bike up before you buy it and make sure there isn’t anything someone else discovered that you might not like.

BMC TE O2 - Hardtail xc

Scott Spark 30 - Full Suspension xc

Cannondale Taurine - Hardtail Frame


Jamis XCR - Full Suspension frame

Q. What is the Proper Position of My Bike Seat - Good Bike Seat Position

Setting proper bike seat position for your body is an important part of every bike setup. Using the right seat position for your body will help keep your joints healthy, give you better endurance, and more comfort.
As with your seat height adjustment you should learn what seat position your body likes and then use it whenever you have to pedal for any significant time on any bike.
A. There are two adjustments to your seats position on the seat post. The first sets the horizontal position of the seat with respect to the bike. The second sets the angular position of the seat.
When setting seat position, the most important thing to consider is your comfort. With that in mind use the following guidelines to steer you in the right direction.
The horizontal position should be set so that when your pedal is at the very bottom of its stroke, the front of your kneecap is directly above the pedal axle.
The seat angle should be set so the seat is generally level. Beyond that your comfort should lead the way. You should feel like the bones in your rear end are doing most of the support work but you shouldn't feel like the seat is trying to push you forward or rearward.
If you are experiencing issues with numbness in the crotch area while you are riding, there is a good chance that a change in your seat position can help fix the problem.
This can be greatly effected by the seat itself, but as far as position goes, adding a little forward angle may help.


Q. What Should My Bike Seat Height Be? - Setting Proper Pedaling Bike Seat Height

Setting proper bike seat height for your size is an important part of every bike setup. Proper seat height adjustment helps ensure joint health, pedaling efficiency, and comfort while riding your bike.
It helps to know where your body likes to be while pedaling and to use this position when you pedal for any significant period of time on any bike.

A. To find the right seat height position you need to sit on your bike with your feet on the pedals. Position one pedal at the very bottom of it's stroke. Your seat height should be adjusted so that in this position your knee is bent at around a 25 to 30 degree angle. It's that simple.
It is important to note that this applies to pedaling situations only. There are a lot of situations on a mountain bike that you should have a lower seat position for safety as well as improved agility.
I always use a seat post quick release so I can adjust my seat height according to the riding conditions. It is helpful to mark the seat post where it enters the frame at the positions you like to use for quicker adjustment.
Take a moment before each ride to think about the trail and where you might want to set your seat height, and don't be afraid to adjust it while you ride

Q. What tire pressure should I use in my mountain bike tires?

Riding with an appropriate mountain bike tire pressure can make a huge difference in how a ride feels and how much control you have over your bike.
Mountain bike tire pressure that is too high will make for poor contact with the ground and a less controllable ride, while mountain bike tire pressure that is too low will make your tires behave unpredictably and will make them susceptible to pinch flats.
A. The appropriate mountain bike tire pressure can vary significantly between rider to rider and tire setup to tire setup. Trail conditions and the type of terrain can also greatly effect what tire pressure you should run.
The real trick is to find out exactly what mountain bike tire pressure works best for you and your setup under normal conditions. You can then learn to adjust this pressure for different trails and terrain as needed.
Here's the best way I have found to get to the right pressure for your setup:
Find a good reliable pressure gauge or a pump with a pressure gauge. Use this same gauge or pump the whole time you are making adjustments. Gauges are notoriously inaccurate so if you switch around it will make things much more difficult.
Start with a higher pressure somewhere around 40-50 psi (3-3.5 bar)for for 2.2-2.3 inch tires.
For tubeless systems, start much lower, 30 to 40 psi. The heavier you are or the smaller your tires, the higher pressure you should start with. Ride with this pressure for a while and get a feel for how the tires hook up in corners and on loose dirt.
Now, drop the pressure by 5 psi (0.35 bar) in each tire. Once again get a feel for how this new setup rides and compare it to the previous setting. You should feel some improvement in tire hookup with the ground and a little more stability. If you don't notice any difference drop the pressure by another 5 psi (0.35 bar).
What you want to find is the lowest pressure you can ride without sacrificing pinch flat resistance. You get a pinch flat when your tire rolls over an object and compresses to the point where the tire and tube literally get pinched between the object and the rim of the wheel. This commonly results in a snake bite or double puncture in the tube.
Continue to reduce tire pressure by 3-5 psi (0.1-0.3 bar) until you feel the tires are hooking up well. If you go too far, you will start getting pinch flats, so stop dropping pressure in your tires as soon as you feel you have good control or you no longer notice any improvement between pressure drops.
If you start feeling your rims contact objects or if you start getting pinch flats, raise the pressure back up in small intervals.
In tubeless systems, since you don't have to worry about pinch flats so much, you can run much lower pressures and some occasional rim contact is OK, but if you start denting your rims, burping air out along the bead, or if you feel the tire roll under the rim during hard cornering, you have gone too low.
There is another balance you play with tire pressure. Lower pressure does increase rolling resistance. However, some argue, the increased control and climbing traction makes up for the extra effort needed to compensate for the extra rolling resistance. I lean toward running nearly as low pressure as you can get away with. Cross country racers may decide to sacrifice a little control for a little better efficiency.
Once you find a comfortable tire pressure setting, learn what your tire feels like when you squeeze it with your hand. When you know what your tires should feel like you can always get the right pressure, with any pump.

Mountain Bike Safety Tips - Ride in Control

There are a lot of ways to improve mountain bike safety. Some will argue, including myself, that wearing a helmet is the single most important step you can take. However, the second most important step should never be overlooked; you should always ride in control.
Riding in control not only helps prevent crashes, it keeps others on the trail safe as well. When you ride out of control, you loose the ability to adjust to the terrain and environment as you pass through it. This can and does lead to dangerous crashes and injury to yourself and others.
Mountain biking is inherently dangerous and we all like to push the limits sometimes, but there is a fine line between pushing the limits safely and pushing them recklessly.
Follow these steps to stay safe on the trails and on the right side of the danger line.

1.Gear UpAlways wear a helmet and any other appropriate safety equipment for the riding conditions.

2.Never Ride Beyond Your AbilitiesThere is no shame in walking sections of the trail you don't feel confident enough to ride, and don't let anybody tell you otherwise.

3.Use Appropriate Equipment for the TerrainSome bikes are better for different situations. Just because you can see tire tracks, doesn't mean you can ride it with your bike.

4.Keep Your Speed In CheckAlways keep your speed at a level that will allow you to adjust to any unforeseen obstacles or changes in trail conditions.

5.Know The TrailNever push the limits on a trail you are not familiar with. You need to get to know the trail you are riding at slower speeds before you can ride it like the trails you're used to.

6.Slow Down for Blind CornersYou never know what or who is around a corner when you can't see past it.

7.Stop and LookStop and look at sections of the trail that look like they may pose a challenge before you ride them.

8.Plan on the CrashAlways look at the consequences of crashing in a particular section or on a particular stunt before trying to ride through it. Sometimes a section can look easy to ride but can have deadly consequences to a crash.

9.Start Small, Go BigWork your way up to obstacles and stunts. Find ways to practice moves in less difficult and dangerous situations or at lower speeds before committing yourself to something more dangerous.

10.Play It SmartIf you think what you are doing is not the smartest, you are probably right. Think about what you are doing and trust your instincts.

This article is dedicated to all those who have lost their lives mountain biking, including Adam Don who died in a freak mountain biking accident, and who's family inspired the this article.

Q. Should I Mountain Bike on a Wet Trail? - Riding Wet Trails

Mountain biking on wet trails can be very damaging to the trail, especially in certain soil types. Riding and damaging a wet trail can not only lead to accelerated erosion but can lead to trail closures. So, when is it ok to ride a wet trail?
A. In some particularly damp parts of the world, if you don't ride when it's wet, you simply won't be able to ride. In these areas as well as other areas where mud and erosion are not an issue, riding in the wet is just fine. However, in most areas riding it simply isn't acceptable.
In almost all cases you shouldn't ride on a trail when it is muddy. When you ride in the mud you are significantly contributing to trail erosion, and you seriously effect the quality of the surface of the trail when it dries out.
Trail damage and erosion is one of the most effective reasons people use to get trails closed. You shouldn't be surprised to find a trail that has been ridden in the mud one day closed to mountain bikers another.
A mountain biker should always make a conscious effort to preserve the environment they are riding in.
This includes an honest evaluation of the trail condition and an effort to minimize damage to it.
That said, there are some other issues to riding wet trails.
Damp trails are particularly fragile, so, as always, avoid hard braking and locking up your wheels.
Don't go around puddles, go straight through them. If everyone goes around the outskirts of a puddle it damages the sides of the trail and widens it. Going through the puddle keeps the trail at the same width and minimizes trail damage.

Necessary Mountain Biking Accessories
A Guide to What You Need

The beginner mountain biker can get a little overwhelmed when they first walk into a bike store to buy their first mountain bike and all of the mountain bike accessories they will need to start riding.

There is no shortage of mountain bike accessories and related product that you can buy. The sales staff will certainly sell you anything they can but the real question for beginners and bikers on a budget is not what mountain bike accessories are cool, but what you need to have to make your rides safe and enjoyable. Start with these accessories and you won’t come up short on the trail.

1.The Bike Helmet – The Most Important Mountain Bike AccessoryThis is a shameless plea, but please wear a bike helmet. Nobody should be on a bike without a helmet. There have been too many people with serious head injuries that could have been prevented if they were wearing a helmet.
Modern mountain bike helmets are both comfortable and stylish and everyone on the trail wears one.

2.Mountain Bike Gloves – A Mountain Bike Accessory for Comfort and SafetyWhen you ride, your hands can take a beating. Beginners who tend to keep a death grip on the handlebars can be especially brutal on their hands. Your hands are also one of the first things to come down to the ground when you crash and everyone crashes at some point. Mountain bike gloves are a great mountain bike accessory because they take the beating for you. I recommend full-fingered gloves over the cutoff finger type. Don’t get caught red handed.

3.Mountain Bike Shorts – Ride Longer and Stay ComfortableThe first few mountain bike rides you take can be a bit uncomfortable on the rear end. Your body does adjust to this after a few rides, but bike shorts are a great accessory that can help keep it to a minimum. Fortunately, the days of the tight fitting Lycra mountain bike shorts are over. You can still buy them and some racers still use them but the more comfortable padded mountain bike shorts of today look and feel much more casual.

4.Mountain Bike Shoes – Pedal More Efficiently and Keep ComfortableYou need to pick the type of shoes you wear depending on the type of pedals you have and the type of riding you want to do. If you have clipless type pedals, as I recommend for most types of riding, you will need to get some mountain bike specific shoes to accept the special cleat for your pedals. A good mountain bike shoe will be durable, comfortable and should have a stiff sole for better pedaling efficiency. You should also pick the right shoe for the terrain you will be riding in.

5.Eye Protection – Protect Your Vision from Wind, Bugs, and DirtSomething in your eye can run you right off the trail and into trouble. Eye protection such as sunglasses or clear-lensed glasses help keep your eyes free from debris as well as protect them from the wind that can cause your eyes to tear and blur your vision. Make sure you use non-breakable lenses for safety.

6.Hydration System – Keep Yourself Hydrated for Better Energy and HealthBring either a water bottle with you or as I recommend take a hydration backpack such as a Camelbak or similar product. It is easy to let yourself get dehydrated so bring water with you and drink it on the trail to keep your body running properly as you ride.

7.Trail Repair Kit – Make It Home When it CountsIts not to hard to get stuck in the woods if you don’t bring the most basic mountain bike accessories for the most common repairs on the trail. To be prepared bring a multi-tool designed to repair bikes, tire levers and a patch kit for fixing flats, an extra tube in case your tube us un-repairable, and a mini-pump

Q. Why Does Your Bike Stuff Stink So Bad?

Let’s face it. Some peoples stuff just stinks. The worst is when you can smell the people you’re riding with. It’s one thing if you can smell your own stuff, but when the people riding behind you can smell you as well, you’ve crossed the line.
If your stuff smells, there is hope. Follow some guidelines and you don’t have to smell!

A. The main source of smelly stuff is helmets, gloves, and clothing that don't dry out properly. I know, your helmet makes for a perfect spot to put your gloves, but don't do it! Don't put your gloves inside your helmet after you ride, make the commitment to place both your helmet and your gloves somewhere where they will dry separately and quickly.
The same advice applies to shorts and shirts. Never ball your clothes up somewhere where they won't dry out properly after a ride.
To solve the dryout problem I use two tricks. First, I don't immediately pack anything away after a ride. If I drove to the trailhead, I leave it all out in my car until I get home. Second, If and when I do pack my stuff up, I don't ball anything up, and I use an open meshed bag that allows everything to continue to dry quickly.
Finally, there is nothing wrong with washing your stuff regularly. Really, you should wash your shorts and shirt after every ride, and if its necessary, you can do the same with your gloves and helmet padding. I keep multiples of everything around so I can rotate them through my normal clothes washes
Ride Safely & Intelligently!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Freewriting.

Assalamualaikum and a very good day! Thanks to all the visitors who visited my blog. This week i got no pictures to be uploaded because not much of materials to be uploaded. Well, just bear with my writing and hopefully we can share some opinions about the discussed topic, and for this time around i came unprepared thus the discussion topic is yet to be selected. Be patient ya! Most likely the discussion topic will be uploaded sometimes very soon.
Other than that i would like to congratulate TRM members for completing the task of clearing the unwanted tree branches, bushes and etc. at Wang Angin - Level 3, this is an example of what unity can do to us. Something that is seem impossible is made possible when there is an army of willing souls to give a hand. I really like to see all of us mountainbikers to hold hands together and let the bond between us be indestructible.
Together we stand as one!
We come from all walks of life, with different financial status and etc. but when it comes to cycling all the above mentioned are left behind.
Thanks for viewing,
Ride Safely and Intelligently!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Julien Absalon

Julien Absalon





4 times world champions under UCI championships.
Olympian and defending world champion Julien Absalon will put his Orbea Alma to the test this weekend against the world's most celebrated field of mountain bikers at the Mountain Bike World Championships in Fort William, Scotland. Now nearing the end of his first season with Orbea, Absalon has already amassed repeat victories for his sponsor including the French National XC championship, French Cup, and UCI World Cup XC championship. Next up, Absalon has targeted a fourth, consecutive world title and another Olympic medal that is within reach just beyond the horizon at the Games next year in Beijing.
As if in anticipation of things to come, Julien Absalon's blue team Orbea tent was conveniently located closest to the podium back in July at the French National Mountain Bike Championships. That made sense since race-favorite Absalon was expected to share the podium with teammate Jean-Christophe Peraud. When both Absalon and Peraud delivered first and third place, respectively, the shorter trip to the awards stage created less opportunity for both stars to get mobbed by adoring fans.
Orbea's weight loss program
Absalon won his 2004 Olympic cross-country gold medal while riding for Bianchi, and he proceeded to tally numerous championship titles for the Italian company until the end of the 2006 season. According to Bianchi's web site, though, the company somewhat perplexingly opted to "bet" on a fresh crop of "baby bikers" for the following season, at which point Basque bike manufacturer Orbea wasted little time in signing the superstar mountain biker shortly thereafter.
Absalon has only ratcheted up his winning streak since then and his new Orbea Alma looks poised be his next Olympic-winning bike, and maybe his next world championship bike depending on how the weekend proceeds. At a claimed weight of 1.2kg (2.65lb), the Alma's carbon monocoque frame supposedly helps to shave roughly 600g (1.32lb) from his total bike weight from last year. For Absalon's purposes, though, it is the Alma's rigidity plus its minimal weight that answers to the demands of the Olympian.
"For the Olympic format, I like to ride with a hardtail frame," he said. "We need high rolling performance; carbon fiber is the best because it's light, rigid and more comfortable than aluminum. The stability is important too and we need to find a compromise between weight and stability. If it's too light, it's not solid."
To trim even more weight, Absalon opts for only two chainrings: a 32 and a 44, and instead relies on sheer power to propel him forward. At 1.8 meters tall (5'11") and of standard proportions, Absalon requires little in terms of a custom build. However, since he claims to train 50 percent on the road and 50 percent off-road, his desire to copy his road bike setup over to his mountain bike resulted in custom pedal axles for his Time ATAC XS Titan Carbon pedals that are 3mm shorter than Time's regular production model.
Almighty Zeus
After succumbing to market forces in the early '80s, the 75-year-old component manufacturer Zeus reentered the market in the 21st century as a division of Orbea with a thoroughly modern range. The brand already owns at least one Tour de France victory (when Luis Ocana beat the virtually undefeatable Eddy Merckx in 1971) and might soon add a mountain bike world title - even an Olympic medal - to its own palmares as Absalon's Alma is equipped with a Zeus-branded stem, handlebar, and - for the sake of this article - grips, however the true origin of the lightweight foam models remain a guarded secret.
Although not available to the public until the fall, Absalon has been running Fulcrum's Red Metal Zero disc wheels all season long. The new offering is a close analogue to the company's road-going Racing Zero wheelset, with alloy spokes, Fulcrum's '2:1" lacing pattern, and solid outer rim wall that requires no rim tape. For the Red Metal Zero, though, that 2:1 pattern is used both front and rear, and the solid outer rim wall enables easy tubeless compatibility.
VIP Club
The SRAM family of components lays claim to the remainder of Absalon's bike, and as a member of SRAM's invitation-only BlackBox racing program, Absalon enjoys unique tricked-out gear and premium race support.
"The BlackBox program really got its start in 1999 and it has always been intended as a development program, explained Eric Schutt, SRAM mountain bike public relations manager. "We definitely want to have a way to give the most elite athletes a competitive advantage and we want those elite athletes to push new product development to their limits. The original products that came out of BlackBox were ones that we weren't sure if we wanted to produce or not but we definitely want to find out more."
Absalon's SID World Cup fork, a staple of the RockShox line for the past ten years, will get a total makeover for 2008 although it is as yet unclear whether or not he will use his tried-and-true 2007 model or the next generation model at this weekend's Fort William event.
After viewing a preview of the smooth, buffed world championship course at Fort William, Absalon's stiff and light Orbea Alma seems uniquely suited to the course and he has already identified his chief rivals who will likely snuff out any margin of mechanical error that could threaten a victory. So far the Alma has proven a worthy tool with which to carve out wins this season and Orbea's signature blue has been a frequent fixture atop the podium. With only a couple more races to go, and if past achievements are any indicator of things to come, both Absalon and his Alma should be easy to spot once again somewhere in the vicinity of the awards stage.


Full specification

Frame: Orbea Alma carbon monocoque
size Medium
Fork: Rock Shox SID World Cup, 80mm travel
Critical measurementsRider's height: 1.8m (5'11"); Weight: 68kg (150lb)
Seat tube length, c-c: 390mm Seat tube length, c-t: 457mm
Top tube length: 582mm (horizontal)
Bottom bracket: Truvativ GXP
Cranks: Truvativ Noir, 175 mm, 32/44T
Chain: SRAM PC-991 Hollow Pin
Front derailleur: SRAM X-9
Rear derailleur: SRAM X.0
Shift levers: SRAM X.0 twist shifter
Front brake: Avid Juicy Ultimate BlackBox
Rear brake: Avid Juicy Ultimate BlackBox
Brake levers: Avid Juicy Ultimate BlackBox
Rear sprockets: SRAM PG-990, 11-32T
Wheelset: Fulcrum Red Metal Zero disc
Tyres: Hutchinson Python Tubeless Light
Bars: Zeus carbon
Stem: Zeus aluminum
Headset: FSA Orbit
Tape/grip: Zeus foam
Pedals: Time ATAC XS Titan Carbon with custom spindles
Seat post: Zeus carbon
Saddle: Selle Italia SLR Carbon
Computer: Garmin Edge 305
Total bike weight: 9.5-9.7kg (20.9-21.4lb) depending on tire selection

Monday, January 21, 2008

Frienship Ride - Saturday 19.01.08

Hari ni adalah antara hari yang happy sekali sebab event yang dianjurkan oleh Northern-xtrailers (NXT) telah mendapat sambutan yang amat menggalakkan (ed: for a beginner) dan jelas sekali NXT tak menjangkakannya. Setiap rider berasal dari daerah yang berbeza dan yang paling jauh adalah Mr. Mat Kedah dari alor Star ( Ed: I salute ur commitment bro!)
Secara amnya, ride harini adalah ride yang bertemakan Friendship & Enjoyable Moment dan objectives telah tercapai hendaknya. The most important thing is that everybody feel the sense of belonging and feel happy about joining the ride.
Kepada rider dari jitra, Beseri, UUM dan tak ketinggalan Team TRM. NXT ingin tunduk hormat atas kesudian menghadirkan diri. (Enjoy the pictures)

Zan Unimap, Bang Lan Jitra, Azizi Unimap dan Mat Kedah
(Happy ja muka semua : (tak naik bukit lagi tuh!)
Farhan UUM, Helmi Jitra, Bang Lan Jitra, Zaki, Azizi UUM dan Zan Unimap

Yang ni tak perlu diperkenalkan lagi ler....!!!!!


Tengah dok tunggu Team TRM, depa dok makan kat kedai depan .

Jone & Specialized S-Works

Adi Jitra & Scott Scale 70 ( 19") tuh!

Zan KX, Haji Shuib & Cikgu Zul

Dok setting tayar Haji Shuib

Mat Kedah kalau nampak Merida aja dia mesti tak senang duduk

Dok nunggu ramai lagi yang dok Mari Tolak Basikal
(lokasi: bukit pertama)

Bang Mail steady aja, dah kayuh sampai laos kalau tak silap nih!

Selepas turun bukit kita seberang sungai sikit, takpa ayaq tak dalam langsung.
(gambar: Cikgu Jan SMKPs)

Man dengan Jone steady ja....kuat bukit depa dua nih!
Man siap senyum lagi.

Zan KX dgn skill turun ke dalam lurah dan kemudian tuntun gerek naik lembah!

Inilah Lembah yang dimaksudkan.
Mat kedah dok senyum aja kat belakang tu.

Kat atas puncak bukit . Semua ambik angin.

Depa pekena kita harini......

Rantai Zaki putus waktu climbing, hmmm..... shifting waktu climbing kot nih!

Gambar yang menjelaskan kenapa NXT was so happy!

Seberang parit lagi nih!........ Aduihhh!!!.......

Wah!!,,,bukit tu best kalau DH tuh!
Team TRM kalau nampak bukit aja deopa mesti teruja punya!

Berat sama dipikul , gerek sama ditolak naik.....

Eh! Adi nih sempat posing lagi......

Tunggu turn.

Tolak.... Satu...dua ....tiga!!

Naik lagi bukit, kita keluaq kat Kg Lalang.

Azizi, hang mmg fit, dok depan saja dia nih!

Barui best rasa kena kipas angin!

Helmi ...." lepas ni pi layan Pokok Jati pulak kot!

Kereta Kebal para rider.
Kesimpulan:
Distance : +-26km
Time: 8.30am-11.15am
Terrain: Rubber estate, Palm Oil estate & Sugar Cane estate.
Kita berjumpa lagi di lain kali!
Adios!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Recce - Ulu Pauh Hill

Hello, yesterday we went out for recce at the existing Ulu Pauh Hill and up to my surprise there are about 50% of the area were never been explored. Too bad I didn't bring my camera along. The distance we covered yesterday was only 15km but the time we took about 2 hours. there are about 3-4 climbing areas which is quite challenging, we have to carry the bicycle twice to cross the small stream. Hopefully in the near future we can explore more so that the trail distance can reach up to 20-25km of pure off road track.
Ride Hard, Live Smart.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Bukit Kayu Hitam Leisure Ride (10.01.08)

Bukit Kayu Hitam Leisure Ride ( 1 Muharram 1429)
First of all I would like to wish all Muslim "Happy New Year". Today the plan is to ride steadily and casually. There is no time limit and rush. That's why it's called leisure ride. Before the ride, Cik On have informed me that the trail is categorized as normal cross-country track and I put a smile in the face because normally the speed for this kind of trail is fast. Well, it doesn't matter as long as I sweat and have the chance to breathe fresh air along the track. I would also take this chance to congraatulate Farhan for having a new member in the family and a welcoming wish to Cikgu Non from SMKRPMTF to the ride.
Meeting point, Kedai Abg. Said. Seen in the picture are
farhan, Bang Lan, Cikgu Non and Bang Lan's Junior.

Regular face of northern X-trailers ride, Zaki who is a bit shy while
this picture is taken.

Cikgu Non leading the way with Bang Lan,
"...kami kayuh depan la noo.."
A son always follow the father.... Bang Lan's junior
"...susah berenggang depa dua nih!......"

The strongest always starts last.
Cik On and Farhan

Reaching the Perlis/Kedah border. Near Felda Laka Selatan.

The beginning of the trail is tarmac based surface.

Thai and Malay settlement area.

On the way to the Immigration Complex

Enjoying some drinks at the border. Cikgu Non has lots of interesting stories
to tell. Thanks Cikgu, we appreciate it.

Getting ready to head back to Perlis

Dry trail covered almost 98% of the track.

Steady Cikgu Non!

Puddle of Mud

The sun is nearly on top of our head at this time.

From the shadow we can estimate the time.

A shot of the farm

Cikgu Non said "...... motivation is the key....."

In the rubber estate, not so hot though.

Easy Riding.......

Yea Haaa....!!!!!!

"....Panas woo....!!!!"

the time is 12.15pm

"...Let's go Bro. "

"...dont worry, it's not a competition"
Summary:
It was an exciting and relaxing ride. Not too extreme and suitable for all walks of life.
Thanks to Everybody who joined and maybe we will organised a longer trip in the near future.
Distance : 34 km
Rider : 7 : Zaki, Cik On, Bang Lan, Cikgu Non,
Bang Lan's Junior, Farhan and Me