akmal's bike park

akmal's bike park

Friday 25 May 2012

Event: Charity Rides in JB this weekend 25-27.05.2012

Charity ride to raise fund for surgical operation of Azhar's (of Cyclemotion JB) 6 months old daughter Nur Liyana, due to heart complication.
Bring along some donation with you and enjoy the rides.

Pasir Gudang - Charity Baby Girl Nite Ride
Date: 25.05.2012 (Friday)
Time: 8.30 pm
Venue: Kolej Komuniti Pasir Gudang. Jalan Kijang, Taman Scientex. N1.495553, E103.912819
Type: Friday Nite Ride on road
Route: Kolej Komuniti - Kong Kong - Kolej Komuniti
Host: Angah Bike Shack
Note: F&B will be provided

Skudai - Ride of Hope
Date: 27.05.2012 (Sunday)
Time: 0830 start rolling
Venue: Techpro Cycles. Jalan Bakti 1, Mutiara Rini, Skudai, Johor. N1.527179, E103.631123
Type: Sunday morning offroad ride, distance about 30km.
Route: marked offroad trail - Mutiara Rini Trail
Host: Cyclemotion JB with CTanggang Riders and HSACC
Note: facebook event page link here.

Monday 21 May 2012

Muc-Off Bicycle Cleaner

caution: this awesome product might turn you into a lazy cyclist
(but you save time and energy for cleaning up your dirty bike so you can ride your heart out)

Admittedly I wanted to have something clever for the title of this entry, but there are too many to choose from. So, I just leave it in the simplest form.

I bought my first bottle of 1L from Angah Bike Shack (ABS) in Pasir Gudang for less than RM40. Roughly 1L of the pink liquid would see you through about 5 to 6 washings. Of course, it depends entirely on how mucky your bike is. Now I'm buying refills of 1L for RM25. RM5 per wash is good, given the amount of energy and time saved.

It is very, very easy to use. This is how I do it:
If the dirt on my bike is already dried up, I'll wet if with water by hosing over.
Then, I'd spray the Muc-Off onto the dirt and leave for 3-5 minutes - letting it work its way to the dirt.
Finally, I spray the water with garden water hose onto the dirty bike. Just a normal jet, no need for a high pressure jet (I don't own one, anyway).
And, the beautiful part is I don't have to use any brush or even need to touch the bike.

I keep my bike in the house, so I have to keep my bike clean after every ride - especially the tires. Cleaning the tires manually by using a scrubber would take me ages, while breaking my back doing the labour. With Muc-Off I'm saving my time and also energy. Full-sussers would appreciate it even better. I find it very helpful in cleaning the suspension link on my Trance because it gets through the tight space. I would usually scrub it by using old toothbrush, but with MO I'm getting lazy now while getting almost the same result if not better. After a tiring ride, especially. Indispensable. Plus, it is earth-friendly so I don't need to worry about damaging my lawn or the drainage.

However, do not be too lazy to clean up your drivetrain. It is NOT a degreaser. You still need to clean your 3C's - chain, crankset and cassette.

The photos in this ALBUM show the steps and before and after shots.
View to appreciate.

Muc-Off Bicycle Cleaner is available in 1L spray bottle, pressure bottle and as a kit.
If you're in JB, Muc-Off is available from these friendly bike shops (as far as I know):

Muc-Off have other products as well.
Read more: www.Muc-Off.com

this entry is written in the light of sharing; no commercial backing whatsoever.
I don't get paid for this.

Wednesday 2 May 2012

Puma Presents: Fixed-Gear 101

For Fixed heads, got something for you in case you haven't read it yet.

Interesting read, actually.
Read and ride better, for part of riding a bike is with our head.

Have a good day.
Thanks for coming around.