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Two things that thoughtless drivers do to upset cyclists – i.e. me

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There are more than two things that thoughtless drivers (this is a more family-friendly and safe-for-work term than the label I would prefer to use) do that upset me, but these two are at the top of my list.

First is the driver who overtakes a cyclist . . .

Inconsiderate Braking 1

 

 

and then immediately brakes, usually to make a left turn.  Often without indicating said left turn.

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Which forces the cyclist to take evasive action.

Suggestion for drivers reading this (you don’t want the label I have in mind for you if you do the above)

Slow down behind the cyclist.  It will take mere seconds for the cyclist to ride past the left turn / parking space that you want to take.  Then you can make your left turn without endangering anyone.

Number two on my list is the driver who doesn’t look, or looks and chooses anyway to . . .

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pull out into the road in front of the cyclist.

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Which forces the cyclist to take evasive action.

Suggestions for drivers reading this (you don’t want the label I have in mind for you if you do the above)

  1.  Look over your shoulder to the right before you pull onto the road
  2. If you see a cyclist approaching, wait for a few seconds until the cyclist has ridden past you.  Then you can pull out without endangering anyone.

Why do some drivers do these two things that upset me?

The unkind view is that they are impatient anal sphincters (I’m trying to be family friendly / SFW).  I don’t know if this can be remedied.

A more generous view is that they are bad drivers, and just don’t know any better.

Even more generously, they underestimate the speed of the cyclist, and are surprised at how quickly the cyclist is actually moving.

I can only hope that as a result of being shouted at / gesticulated at by a pissed-off cyclist, the bad drivers and poor estimators of speed realise where they went wrong, and correct their errant ways.

Then I’ll be doing less of this.

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A bit like trying to herd cats

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The Bangsar Cycling Group organised a Sunday ride from Kota Kemuning to Morib.  I suggested that they use the route that the R@SKLs ride to get to Morib.  It avoids the heavily-trafficked and poorly surfaced Jalan Klang Banting, except for  4.5km / 2.8mi stretch from Jenjarom to Jalan Bandar Lama.

None of the BCGers knew that route.  That is how I ended up leading the BCG ride.

Coincidentally, the R@SKLs were also riding from Kota Kemuning to Morib on Sunday.  They were starting from their usual meeting point, Restoran BR Maju.  The BCG were starting from their usual meeting point, McDonald’s.  So I arranged for both groups to meet at Bandar Rimbayu, so that we could all do the ride together.

Both groups got to Bandar Rimbayu, as planned, at 7.30am.  There were forty two riders in all, including the cameraman for this shot.

Morib 01 J Sopiee

Photograph courtesy of Johan Sopiee

From the left:

Morib 07f J Sopiee

Photograph courtesy of Johan Sopiee

Morib 07e J Sopiee

Photograph courtesy of Johan Sopiee

Morib 07d J Sopiee

Photograph courtesy of Johan Sopiee

Morib 07c J Sopiee

Photograph courtesy of Johan Sopiee

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Photograph courtesy of Johan Sopiee

Morib 07a J Sopiee

Photograph courtesy of Johan Sopiee

I set off at the head of this large group of riders, leading them through Bandar Rimbayu and onto the bridge over the SKVE.

Morib SKVE Bridge Up Shahfiq Khairy

Photograph courtesy of Shafiq Khairy

As we rolled off the bridge I was still at the head of the group, riding at approximately the advertised moving speed of 29kph / 18mph.

Morib SKVE Bridge Down Shahfiq Khairy

Photograph courtesy of Shafiq Khairy

Just as I felt a sense of control over the group, my illusion was shattered.  Riders shot off ahead of me, clearly more interested in testing their legs than sticking to 29kph.  Oh well!

Morib 12 Winston Wong

Photograph courtesy of Winston Wong

To no one’s surprise, the faster riders missed the right turn at Kampung Seri Cheeding.  Mobile phones to the rescue.  A few back-and-forth calls, and Google map consultations, and everyone was reunited 15km / 9mi later at the junction of Jalan Bukit Jugra and Jalan Jeti.   Google maps didn’t warn of this road hazard though.

Morib Cows Wee Hwee Wang

Photograph courtesy of Wee Hwee Wang

As usually happens, there was some talk of climbing Bukit Jugra.  I thought that first getting some food and drink at Morib was the way to go.  And that was what we did.

It was about 10.30am, and getting hot, by the time we left Morib for the homeward leg.

Morib 03 Shafiq Khairy

Photograph courtesy of Shafiq Khairy

The R@SKLs left a bit before the BCGers, and they headed straight back to Kota Kemuning.  Some of the BCGers were determined to climb Bukit Jugra.  Which is why we ended up here.

Morib Jugra Climb Shahfiq Khairy

Photograph courtesy of Shafiq Khairy

Some, probably wisely, elected to wait at the bottom of the hill.  Those who braved the up to 17° gradients were rewarded with views of the Langat River from the lookout point.

Morib Jugra Viewing Shafiq Khairy

Photograph courtesy of Shafiq Khairy

And the added treat of watching a paraglider launch himself off the slope.

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Photograph courtesy of backpackerzmag.com

We probably spent a bit too long up on the hill.  I had expected that we would be back at Kota Kemuning at about noon.  It was 11.30am by the time we all got going again from the base of Bukit Jugra.  There was 45km / 28mi, and a cendol stall, between us and Kota Kemuning.

Any thoughts of skipping the cendol stall were dispelled by the 34°C / 93°F temperature.  The heat, and the distance, were starting to affect some riders, so a stop for a cold drink and a rest was well worth it.

And then the punctures started.  First at the cendol stall, when a tube spontaneously popped.  Then 5km / 3mi later.  A further 5km and it was my turn.  I rode over a rock. Eight of us clustered in the shade under a tree in someone’s front garden to review the damage to my rear rim.

Morib Flat Shafiq Khairy

Photograph courtesy of Shafiq Khairy

Not good.  Fortunately the rim was still rideable.

We weren’t done yet.  We had only just got moving again when we had puncture number four.  All in the space of 13km / 8mi.

What with one thing or the other, it is no surprise that out of the total ride time of seven hours, we were stopped for three hours.  Which explains why we didn’t get back to the McDonald’s in Kota Kemuning until 2.00pm, when the temperature was pushing 37°C / 99°F.

A salted caramel sundae never tasted so good!

Morib Salted Caramel

We all got split up between Morib and Kota Kemuning.  I haven’t heard any reports of missing cyclists, so I can only assume that everyone got back safely.  Albeit some with minor scrapes, cramps and sore muscles.

I need to practice being a ride leader.  If nothing else, it makes a good excuse!

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You Want the TV Remote for How Long?

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To the uninitiated, watching a three-week long cycling Grand Tour (the Giro d’Italia, the Tour de France, or the Vuelta a España) would seem akin to watching paint dry.  Even Test cricket manages to reach a conclusion, albeit sometimes a draw, in five days.

For my non-cycling readers, here are some of the attractions of a Grand Tour to a cycling fan.

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Firstly, consider the scale of the undertaking.  This year’s Tour de France covers 3,540km / 2,200mi, spread over 21 stages.  There are fifty three categorized climbs packed into the route. Eight rise 1,000 meters / 3,280 feet or more each.  Three tower to more than 2,000 meters / 6,560 feet each.  Those eleven climbs will require the riders to ascend a total of 19,164 meters / 62,874 feet.  That is the equivalent of riding a bicycle to the top of Mount Everest.  Twice.

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Photograph courtesy of Pauline Ballet / ASO

Secondly, consider the physiological stresses the riders must face to complete a Grand Tour.  These men are amongst the fittest endurance athletes on the planet.  The stage with the most climbing in this year’s Tour de France, Stage 18, has 2,642 meters / 8,668 feet of elevation.  Perhaps cruelly, the longest stage of this year’s Tour de France is Stage 19, covering 222.5km / 138mi.  The winning rider has to average about 40kph / 25mph over each of the stages, and do that day after day after day.  There are only two rest days during this year’s Tour, after Stage 9 and after Stage 15.

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Thirdly, the psychological challenges are immense.  Each stage is incredibly stressful.  The riders have to fight their way against rain, temperatures reaching 30 degrees Celsius and strong cross winds, whilst tricky surfaces including cobbles, street furniture and winding roads demanded their full attention.  The risk of crashing is ever present.  The finishing kilometers of each stage, which can last for four-to-six hours, are particularly taxing.  Riders must overcome severe mental and physical fatigue in order to maintain speeds of more than 60kph / 37mph for the last 5 to 10km / 3 to 6mi of racing, reaching speeds of 75kph / 47mph at the finish line.

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Photograph courtesy of Eric Gaillard / Reuters

I don’t mean to imply that the entire duration of a Grand Tour makes for riveting television.  The riders may be suffering, but often all the viewer sees is an unchanging peloton for kilometer after kilometer.  Which forces the television commentators to give us geography and history lessons to liven things up.

There’s also the land art.

TdF Land Art

Photograph courtesy of Bicycling Magazine South Africa

And the occasional high wire cyclist to keep viewers entertained.

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Photograph courtesy of Bryn Lennon / Getty Images

Every so often though, the race bursts to life.  And you get to see what truly attracts fans to the Grand Tours.  Stage 9 of this year’s Tour de France, from Nantua to Chambery, had it all.

First there was the jagged stage profile.  Nasty, to say the least.  You might not win the Tour on this stage, but you could certainly lost it here.

TDF Stage 9 Profile

The stage profile set the scene for an incident-filled day.  The wet roads ensured that there were crashes.  Lots of them.  Only 4km / 2.5mi into the stage, Manuele Mori and Robert Gesink hit the deck, and both had to abandon the race.  Unfortunately, this was an omen of much worse to come.  Crash followed crash on the fast and wet descents.  Geraint Thomas, in second place in the General Classification standings, crashed on the descent of the Col de la Binche.  His race was over.  The same fate befell one of the pre-race favourites, Richie Porte, who had a horrific crash on the descent of the Mont du Chat.

Then there was alleged skullduggery.  On the ascent of the Mont du Chat, Chris Froome had a mechanical issue.  As he raised his right arm to signal for his team car, Fabio Aru, on his wheel, surged ahead, literally under Froome’s armpit.  This was a violation of the unwritten rule not to attack the race leader during a mechanical.

Nairo Quintana and Porte kept the pace down, and Aru’s ill-timed attack came to naught as three Sky teammates helped bring Froome back up to the group.  Aru proclaimed his innocence, saying he was unaware that Froome had a mechanical.  The polemics about Aru’s actions will rumble on for some time.

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The three hors-categorie climbs on this stage probably put paid to the title aspirations of Nairo Quintana, who lost 1 minute 15 seconds to race leader Chris Froome.  Also out of the title frame is Alberto Contador, who finish 4 minutes 19 seconds behind Froome.  They now trail Froome in the General Classification by 2 minutes 13 seconds, and 5 minutes 15 seconds respectively.

Dan Martin was another pre-race who will rue this stage.  Porte took Martin down with him when he crashed.  Martin remounted and pedalled on, only to fall again a bit later on.  Incredibly Martin finished the stage in the Quintana group, but is now 1 minute 44 seconds behind Froome in the General Classification

This stage, arguably the hardest of the entire race, accounted for twelve riders leaving the tour.  Five due to crashes, and seven who did not make the time cut.

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Photograph courtesy of velonews

The cherry on the cake was the incredibly exciting finish.  Warren Barguil led over the summit of the Mont du Chat.  Romain Bardet caught and passed Barguil at the bottom of the descent, with just under 12km / 7.5mi to the finish.

Froome, Jakob Fuglsang, Aru, and Rigoberto Urán were in the chase group.  Uran’s derailleur was damaged, and he was stuck in a big gear.  The television commentators blamed it on debris kicked up by Porte as he crashed, with Urán right behind him.  To me the video seems to show Dan Martin’s heel striking Urán’s derailleur as Martin tumbled over the unfortunate Porte.

Whatever the case, Urán muscled that big gear and stayed in the chase group.  With only 2.1km / 1.3mi to go, the group of five, now including Barguil, caught Bardet.  After 180km / 119mi and 4,600 meters / 15,092 feet of climbing, the stage came down to a bunch sprint.

Fuglsang started the sprint. First Bardet, then Urán passed him, but Barguil pulled up alongside Uran at the last second, and thought he had won.  Even the race officials gave it to Barguil, and he was led to the winner’s enclosure.  Prematurely, as it turned out.  It was a photo finish, and Uran, damaged derailleur and all, had held on for the win.

Stage 9 had everything that makes watching stage racing so addictive.  Bring on Stage 10.

TdF Minions Rest Day

R@SKLs Revisit Morib

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After last weekend’s ascent of Fraser’s Hill, the R@SKLs opted for a route where the only climbing required was over the bridge across the South Klang Valley Expressway (SKVE), and over the bridge across the Langat River.

Well, that was the plan.  A plan that was later amended – see below.

Alfred wins the prize again for being the most eager R@SKL.  He was at our starting point, Restoran BR Maju, at 6.15am.

R@SKLs Morib BR Maju Alfred Chan

Photograph courtesy of Alfred Chan

By the appointed start time of 7.15am, we had a peloton of twenty five.

R@SKLS Morib Start 2 KK Yee

Photograph courtesy of KK Yee

The day had started out wet in many parts of KL.  The rain had already passed over Kota Kemuning, so we had cool and dry conditions.  22°C / 72°F at the start.

R@SKLs Morning Tomoe Suga

Photograph courtesy of Tomoe Suga

It took a while for the group to get organized on the road.  We regrouped after crossing the SKVE.

R@SKLs Morib First Stop Tomoe Suga

Photograph courtesy of Tomoe Suga

Then it was onto the very pleasant backroads through Kampung Seri Cheeding.

R@SKLs Morib On The Road 2 KK

Photograph courtesy of KK Yee

R@SKLs Morib On The Road 1 KK

Photograph courtesy of KK Yee

As you would expect of a group of twenty five, we soon split into smaller groups.  Namely the insane and very fast, the slightly mad and moderately fast, and the mentally balanced and reasonably paced.

So it was no surprise that there were time gaps between the groups as we arrived in Morib.

R@SKLS Morib Arriving KK Yee

Photograph courtesy of KK Yee

We all got there safely though.

R@SKLs Morib Sign 1 Daniel Lim

Photograph courtesy of Daniel Lim

Top of mind for everyone was food and drink.  This being the fasting month, all the stalls at the beachside food court were closed.  So we went to the small food shop across the road and next to a temple.

R@SKLs Morib Breakfast 2 Hsing C Pai

Photograph courtesy of Hsing C Pai

R@SKLs Morib Breakfast 1 Hsing C Pai

Photograph courtesy of Hsing C Pai

It was still relatively cool when we got going again forty minutes later.  27°C / 81°F.  We were blessed with very nice cycling weather.

10km / 6mi later we were at the T-junction with Jalan Bukit Jugra.  There are two lighthouses on Bukit Jugra:  a colonial era tower, and a shorter  25 metre concrete tower built in 1976, with lighting systems to facilitate navigation in the Straits of Melaka.  The lighthouses stand out in clear relief against the sky.

R@SKLs Morib Jugra Lighthouse From Far Tomoe Suga

Photograph courtesy of Tomoe Suga

Every ride to Morib elicits the question “Shall we do the Jugra climb?”

It is 1km / 0.6mi from the base of the hill to the lighthouses.  Including the not insignificant matter of 109 meters / 358 feet of elevation.  It is a climb with gradients that hit 20% in places.

Hence, the answer to the question above is invariably “no,” and we turn right at the T-junction, away from the hill.

This time we turned left at the T-junction.  Initially as a joke.  Having ridden the 1.5km / 1mi to the base of the hill, some decided that, since they were there, that they might as well give the climb a go.

Others waited in the shade.

R@SKLs Morib Hanging Out Lee Heng Keng

Photograph courtesy of Lee Heng Keng

Where they were entertained by Meng’s trials with his tire.

R@SKLs Morib Flot Consultants Ong Peng Hong

Photograph courtesy of Ong Peng Hong

Those who rode up to the lighthouses were rewarded with the sweeping views over the Langat River.  And sore legs!

R@SKLs Morib Jugra View

The descent was negotiated with great care.  Rims and brake discs were very hot by this point.

R@SKLs Morib Jugra Descent 1 Hsing C Pai

Photograph courtesy of Hsing C Pai

R@SKLs Morib Jugra Descent 2 Hsing C Pai

Photograph courtesy of Hsing C Pai

R@SKLs Morib Jugra Descent 3 Hsing C Pai

Photograph courtesy of Hsing C Pai

R@SKLs Morib Jugra Descent 4 Hsing C Pai

Photograph courtesy of Hsing C Pai

R@SKLs Morib Jugra Descent 5 Hsing C Pai

Photograph courtesy of Hsing C Pai

R@SKLs Morib Jugra Descent 6 Hsing C Pai

Photograph courtesy of Hsing C Pai

R@SKLs Morib Jugra Descent 7 Hsing C Pai

Photograph courtesy of Hsing C Pai

R@SKLs Morib Jugra Descent 8 Hsing C Pai

Photograph courtesy of Hsing C Pai

R@SKLs Morib Jugra Descent 9 Hsing C Pai

Photograph courtesy of Hsing C Pai

We had about 40km / 25mi left to ride back to Kota Kemuning.  The group stayed together for most of that distance, pedalling at an average of just below 30kph / 18.6mph.

Once we got to Rimbayu, the faster riders pulled ahead, and the group got stretched out over the last 5km / 3mi.  The lone casualty was Kelin, who got lost.  When he called for directions, I hindered rather than helped him.  I misunderstood where he was, and gave him directions that sent him off on a course that took him further from, rather than closer to, Restoran BR Maju.

As is often the case, Daniel came to the rescue.

R@SKLs Bringing Kelin Home Daniel Lim

Photograph courtesy of Daniel Lim

We all enjoyed the ride, the weather (although it was pushing 34°C / 93°F when we finished), and the company.

More importantly, Alfred accomplished his first 100km / 62mi ride.  Congratulations Alfred!  Here is your next challenge.

R@SKLs Morib Jugra Sign Tomoe Suga

Photograph courtesy of Tomoe Suga

 

 

 

 

 

R@SKLs do Fraser’s Hill

The Goal

Fraser's Sign Kelin Chan

Photograph courtesy of Kelin Chan

38km / 23.6mi from, and 1,200 meters / 3,937 feet higher than Kuala Kubu Bharu (KKB).

 It Almost Didn’t Happen

Fraser's Weather Lee Heng Keng

Graphic courtesy of Lee Heng Keng

The weather forecasts from Weather Underground, Dark Sky, Accuweather, Yahoo etc. were unanimous.  Thunderstorms were coming to Fraser’s Hill.

A quick 5.00am WhatsApp conversation decided the issue.  The R@SKLs would be badass.  Fraser's Bad AssThe ride was on.

Eager Beaver

Fraser's Early Morning Alfred

Photograph courtesy of Alfred

Alfred was knocking on the door of this coffee shop in KKB at 6.25am.

 Superman

Fraser's Daniel Leonard Yee

Photograph courtesy of Leonard Yee

As the rest of us were driving to KKB, we passed Daniel, who rode from his home.  He had a bit more than a 60km / 37mi warmup, before the 30km / 18.5mi climb up Fraser’s Hill.  That was not enough to tire him out.  After getting to the summit, he rode back down to the slower riders and proceeded to push them up the hill.

Daniel cemented his Superman status later in the ride – see below.

A Big Group

Fraser's Start Daniel Lim

Photograph courtesy of Daniel Lim

Twenty of us rolled up the road from KKB.

Views Along The Way

Fraser's Hill - Sungai Selangor Dam

The lake at the Sungai Selangor Dam.

Fraser's Hill - Waterfall

One of the bigger waterfalls.

Success Part One

Fraser's Gap Leonard Yee

Photograph courtesy of Lee Heng Keng

Fraser's Gap Simon Soo Hu

Photograph courtesy of Simon Soo Hu

Fraser's Gap Normal Shot Lee Heng Keng

Photograph courtesy of Lee Heng Keng

Part One of the climb is to get to The Gap.  The Gap used to be the point where the two-way road became a one-way road for the final 8km to Fraser’s Hill.  Traffic went up on even hours and came down on odd hours.  If you missed the gate time at the Gap you waited at the Gap Resthouse.

Sadly, The Gap Resthouse is No More

Fraser's Hill - Gap Rest House

It was closed for renovations and never reopened.

Success Part Two

Fraser's Clock Tower Alfred Daniel Lim

Photograph courtesy of Daniel Lim

Fraser's Clock Tower Leonard Leonard Yee

Photograph courtesy of Leonard Yee

The Clock Tower shot was particularly sweet for Alfred and Leonard.  It was their first time riding up to Fraser’s Hill.

Fraser's Clock Tower Lee Heng Keng

Photograph courtesy of Lee Heng Keng

Refuelling

Fraser's D'Olio Restaurant Daniel Lim

Photograph courtesy of Daniel Lim

We are in the middle of Ramadan.  The oddly named Restoran D’Olio (Oil Restaurant) was the only eatery in the vicinity of the Clock Tower that was open.  Actually it was barely open.  Everyone had to wait for about thirty minutes for the kitchen to fire up.

You wouldn’t have guessed it by how quickly the food was gulped down, but reports are that it wasn’t worth the wait.

No Sudden End to the Ride This Time

Fraser's Crash Corner

The last time I rode down from Fraser’s Hill, I crashed at this corner.  No such mishaps
Fraser's Hooraythis time.

Take Photo Take Photo

Fraser's Bridge 1 Kelin Chan

Photograph courtesy of Kelin Chan

Fraser's Bridge 2 Kelin Chan

Photograph courtesy of Kelin Chan

Fraser's Bridge 3 Lee Heng Keng

Photograph courtesy of Lee Heng Keng

Fraser's Scenery 1

There is a bridge over a ravine about 5km / 3mi into the descent.  A good place for a last set of photographs before the non-stop ride back to KKB.

Good Samaritans

Fraser's Puppy Tomoe Suga

Photograph courtesy of Tomoe Suga

Photograph of the day!

Fraser's Puppies Luanne Sieh

Photograph courtesy of Luanne Sieh

About 7km / 4.5mi from Kuala Kubu Bharu, there is a lay by overlooking the lake behind the Sungai Selangor Dam.  Someone had dumped a litter of puppies there.  Being puppies, they were gamboling along the side of the busy road connecting KKB and Teranum, near Raub.  We tried, with limited success, to usher the puppies off the road shoulder and onto the grass.

On the way back down, Luanne, Tomoe, Chen Li, Daniel and a few others went looking for the puppies.  They found two.  Superman Daniel carried one in the front of his jersey.

Luanne delivered the two puppies to the Paws Animal Welfare Society.  Fingers crossed that they get adopted.

Kapitan!  Again??

Fraser's Simon Flat Leonard Yee

Photograph courtesy of Leonard Yee

Three rides.  Three rear tire punctures.  Perhaps we need to buy Simon a protective charm.  Thank you Meng for getting Simon back on the road.

Did it Rain?

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So much for the accuracy of the weather forecasts.

Did Everyone Have Fun?

Fraser's Yes

Photograph courtesy of yesbikes.com.au

The fun didn’t stop with the ride.  Some of us met up in the evening at Via Pre Italian Restaurant for coffee, dessert, and sake.  An excellent end to an excellent day.

 

 

Where Are Those Cables?

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As I recharged various devices after the Genting Sempah night ride, I was struck by how “e” cycling has become.

It wasn’t that long ago that bike lights were powered by AA or AAA batteries, and cycling computers were powered by coin batteries.  These days lights and cycling computers are rechargeable.  As are an increasing number of other cycling gadgets.

It is not unlikely that today’s cyclist will have six or more devices to recharge after a long ride:

  1. Cycling computer
  2. Sport watch
  3. Front light
  4. Rear light
  5. Camera
  6. Electronic drivetrain
  7. Power meter
  8. Headphones
  9. Mobile phone

We are becoming increasingly e-dependent.  The most important items to pack for a weekend cycling trip might just be some USB cables and a multiport USB power adapter.

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How to Carry a Mobile Phone, Cash, etc. on a Ride?

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The list of items one should carry on a bike ride, in addition to water, and perhaps food, is quite extensive.  A spare tube, tire levers, patches, multi-tool, hand pump and / or CO2 canister and inflator, mobile phone, cash, credit card, ATM card, identification card, and insurance card.

Having decided what needs to come with you on a bike ride, you need to figure out how to carry it all.

If you are a purist and / or anal, you might refer to The Rules, as enumerated by those cycling disciples of the highest order, the Velominati.  In particular:

Rule #29:  No European Posterior Man-Satchels (known by mere mortals as saddle bags)
Rule #30:  No frame-mounted pumps
Rule #31:  Spare tubes, multi-tools and repair kits should be stored in jersey pockets

The Velominati rules currently number 95.  The first of which is Obey The Rules.

Rule #29  Regular readers have seen many photographs of my bikes, all showing a saddle bag or seat roll attached.
Rule #30  Two years ago I wrote a post about the pump I use.  I still carry a Lezyne Pressure Drive, attached to a bracket fixed to the frame.
Rule #31  I carry a spare tube, tire levers, patches, and multi-tool in my current favorite seat roll, the Silca Seat Roll Premio.

So much for the Velominati rules then.

Not having the items needed to fix a flat tire in my jersey pockets means that they are available to carry the rest of the stuff in the list at the top of this post.  These are all small items that require a case to keep them together and secure.

For a couple of years I have used a Rapha Essentials Case.

Case Rapha Essentials

Photograph courtesy of rapha.cc

The case fits my iPhone 6.  There is an inner sleeve pocket for cards and cash, and on the opposite side there a zippered pocket for coins.  I put my car keys in that zippered pocket too.

At 155mm x 100mm, and about 30mm thick when filled with my stuff, the Essentials Case fits nicely into the center pocket of my jersey, without making me look like a camel.

Rapha says you can get an inner tube and multi tool in there too.  I haven’t tried.  That extra stuff would make the case too bulky for my liking.

Last Christmas the Essentials Case was augmented by the Bellroy x MAAP All-Conditions Phone Pocket.  This is a most excellent present from my son Arif.

Case Bellroy MAAP All Conditions Phone Pocket

Photograph courtesy of silodrome.com

The Bellroy x MAAP case, at 156mm x 92mm, is slightly narrower than the Rapha case.  Still roomy enough for the iPhone 6.  The All-Conditions Phone Pocket has two internal pockets for cards and cash.

The Bellroy website says that the inner pockets can hold coins and keys as well.  Just note that those pockets do not have zips, so heavier objects like coins and keys can fall out unexpectedly.

The All-Conditions Phone Pocket is my prefered case.  Mostly because the case looks great sitting on a table during café stops.

The Essentials Case still gets the nod when I need to carry car keys.  The thinner, more flexible leather, and the zippered inner pocket, accomodate keys and a fob that the All-Conditions Phone Pocket cannot.

So I roll with a pump on the frame, puncture repair items in a seat roll, and mobile phone, cash, cards, and keys when necessary, in a case.

Infinitely preferable to this alternative.

Case Stuffed Pockets

Photograph courtesy of cyclingtips.com