Sunday, March 11, 2012

Aren't Folding Bikes Awesome?!


Last weekend in Camotes, Cebu I had my first folding bike ride. Before that, I had no opinion about folding bikes. I don't hate them but I don't adore them either. It's like my opinion about Mitt Romney, I had none. But when I had my ride with the Boss last Saturday, my perception has changed. We rented our folding bikes from Mangodlong Island Paradise, the resort where we stayed at for my birthday (will post photos of the place later). The rate was at 100 pesos for the whole day. We went from Mangodlong to Santiago Bay, a place famous for its very vast sandbar.

It was a 5.3km folding bike ride along a mostly empty highway. Except for the occasional vans ferrying tourists and locals going about in their motorbikes, we had the road to ourselves. The best part of the trip was somewhere along the way when I pushed the Boss downhill while pedaling. That was the fastest yet she rode on a bike, I bet. The momentum gave us a nice push up the coming ascent. We had a breakfast of egg, milkfish, and coffee when we returned to Mangodlong Island Paradise.

We checked out at 12pm but the van that would take us to the port was not there yet so we rode our bikes again. We hit some trails just near the highway. We did not really go deep into the hills but just rode some single tracks that stretch several meters from the road. Then we went back again and searched for another trail. We did three mini-trails in all on our foldies. Folding bikes handle pretty decently. It rides fast on the pavement and you can actually spin if you get the seatpost high enough. Being a commuter bike, the seats are quite comfortable and with small, slick tires my bike just glided on the road. Unlike my trail bike, it feels like sawteeth when riding on the paved road.

Our foldies did not handle technical singletracks pretty well but it is understandable. The bike was not made for it. It's meant to give city commuters a sweet ride to there workplace, with a carrier on the back to take care of their bags or luggage. I often see foreign tourists ride around Cebu City on their foldies and now I know why. The small foldies packs a lot of power and makes your ride quite convenient.

Cheers to my friend Ed Carlson. He is foldie rider I met in Toledo in June 2010. He practically covered the whole of Cebu on his folding bike. I don't know which part of the world he is right now but I'm pretty confident he has a foldie with him. Cheers to him and all foldie riders!

Here's a map of our travel from Mangodlong to Santiago Bay in Camotes, Cebu.

11 comments:

Chyrel Gomez said...

i had a great time riding with you. cheers to the first bike ride.

XyZaSpeaks | Purpleslipperz said...

i like this much. We were just talking about this last week with the Iligan Bloggers hehehe. We're hunting where we can possibly buy this. This is very ecofriendly and a good exercise too :)

RP Manuel said...

Hi ms. Chyrel,

It seems that you love folding bikes too. I would like to invite you in our group, the Tiklop Society of the Philippines.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/TiklopSocietyOfThePhilippines/

Happy biking!!

Bal Marsius said...

Chy is my girl friend and she is actually a mountain bike rider. She owns a different blog.

Anonymous said...

and bal is my boy friend and heshe is actually a BB MTB rider.
he owns this blog...

Bal Marsius said...

@anonymous: itchy fag is that you again?!

Anonymous said...

nope...im just a lowly spam bot

Anonymous said...

Val, Roger here of Sun.Star. Yes, folders are good when used along the busy city streets. it's more maneuverable than MTBs. It's portable that when you can't pedal anymore, you just fold it, flagdown a taxi, PUJ or a calesa..hehehe..you can bring it anywhere you travel. ask zandro fajardo of oz racing. he did it in singapore.

Bal Marsius said...

bai Roger nice hearing from you. kiwawan pa ko sa pag-maniobra og folding kay murag naa'y haw-ang tunga-tunga sa akoa og sa handle bar. hehe. wa pa koy folding hopefully naa'y mo-sponsor o makapalit ta. haha

lakbay philippines said...

funny spam bot! hahahaha...

daghan na tig folding bike diri sa cebu jud. daghang salamat sa mga barato nga bike gibaligya ni jay garganera. tag 3k ra man cguro na hahaha... daghan ko'g barkada namalit.

Kirstz @ mountain biking philippines said...

This experience is really amazing and is totally exciting. I want also to ride on that folding bike and be an adventurous like the mountain bikers. Thanks for sharing this wonderful moment of your life it is really have fun reading blog like this.

Bal Marsius