akmal's bike park

akmal's bike park

Monday 29 August 2011

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri 1432H

Assalaamu 'alaikum warahmatullah.

I'd like to wish you a blessed Hari Raya, and Taqabbalallahu minnaa wa minkum.
May Allah accept (the fast and worship) from you and us.

I hope that we would foster the strength gained from our ibadah and good deeds made throughout Ramadhan; and continue on towards the rest of the year, until hopefully we could meet with Ramadhan again.

Be safe, and remember that moderation is key, in everything.

Till we meet again, hope you had a good one.

Akmal Hizam

image taken from here

Wednesday 10 August 2011

Bike license?

I read this article in the issue 10 of Bicycle Times magazine, and thought "hmmm...".
Well, when it does arrive to a certain number, things are never the same anymore.
My MIL told me that when she was working in Muar in the 60's, bikes were with license plates. And the roads were full of bikes. I can only imagine that the bike shops surely were having good business.
Get back to basics; it doesn't matter whether you're at the lowest rung of the road user, laws are to be adhered to. For the safety and harmony of everyone using the facility i.e. the road. We share, and we share it nicely. Oh, don't bring out that 'I pay road tax' card. Berbuat baik kan dapat pahala. Orang pun suka.
I agree, if we do come to that certain number in Malaysia, bike licenses would be a must. Riders should behave, and the $ should be used for bike amenities (lanes, lock posts, even lockers and showers too). If need be, riders should enroll in a certain hours of free mandatory courses for riding safely, simple repairs, etc. Of course, this would only applicable to bikes that are using the roads. And not too high a fee, compared to motorbikes ;)

Monday 8 August 2011

Have MTB, can go to University

For real?
Riding your bike, of course.
The trend is like that, of recent years. Well, it started a couple of years back, with jamborees/races in the northern region held in universities.
To name a few that I know of:
USM Transkrian - Nibong Tebal MTB Adventure (NTMTBA)
UTP Tronoh - Seri Iskandar MTB Exploration (well, part of the checkpoint)
UNiKL Kulim (MSI) - Kulim Int'l MTB Jamboree (okay, only during the registration day)
UTM Skudai - Giant-UTM MTB Quest
Nottingham University Malaysia - PCC Presidential Ride
There are also a couple more that I know of in the pipeline for 2011, to be held in these universities:
UKM Bangi - Konvo LeRun MTB Mini Jamboree
UTeM Durian Tunggal - Burung Hantu Night Ride Jamboree
Are there any event I left out?
Ride safe, people.
Ramadhan Kareem
itulah pentingnya mtb edukesyenn...

Friday 5 August 2011

RTW in Ramadhan

3 Ramadhan 1432H
58.5km/h down the bend at Taman Bukit Dahlia on the way home
Is commuting during Ramadhan possible?
Definitely. I mean, why not? Bangladeshi bros are doing it, right?
The first week or Ramadhan, I did RTW as usual, except for Friday. The first 2 days were a bit wobbly, but perhaps due to personal reasons - I was deprived of sleep and rest due to travelling to Senawang during the weekend. Yesterday was remarkably lively and energetic, but I don't know why. Perhaps the month of Ramadhan itself which contains blessings and all.
Anyway, what I can share with you is that my rides are like normal, except for a few things. The bike is definitely lighter by about 800g, for I don't carry water bottle on the downtube. The rear bag is also a bit lighter by about 400g due to absence of packed breakfast.
The time of day plays a crucial role in making RTW in Ramadhan possible. I go to work at around 7.00am, and cycle home at about 6.00pm. No sun in sight. Well, at least not as hot as the 10.00am sun. It's breezy, and for the past few days, it has been raining at about 2-3pm leaving the rest of the afternoon somewhat overcast. Alhamdulillah.
I intend to continue with my weeklong streaks and perhaps not too unrealistic to go for the 2nd monthlong insyaAllah. But, the definition would be altered a bit. I won't be doing RTW on Fridays.
Have a good ride, and a blessed Ramadhan throughout.
Ibadah harder, bros and sis.