|My Very First Mountain Bike|
I have my first taste of riding a bike when I was a kid, on a kiddie bike.
When I was on my Elementary School days, I started to ride a BMX bike which I borrowed from our neighbor.
In my early days in high school (late 90's), my father bought for us a cheap mountain bike, it is a generic mountain bike with steel frame, steel fork and generic china parts (back then before, Aluminum bike was expensive.) for whatever it's worth, I still enjoyed riding that bike. It help me running some errands like buying in the convenience store, fetching some water from community water supply. I used it as an easy transport to visit my friends and to visit some nearby places.
Way back before, I only see a mountain bike as just a simple means of transportation for some short distance. I never see it as a machine for long commutes, adventure challenges, races, lifestyle and as a good hobby.
I started getting serious on mountain biking way back January of 2010. The idea came, when I came back to the Philippines after my 3 months training from Hiroshima in Japan, where my love for outdoor started after visiting some beautiful places and landmarks (way back before, i am much like of a couch potato and a gaming addict with no background on sports I was a 5'9" heavy weight at 95kgs).
A friend and a co-worker of mine introduced me to this sport and give me some basic pointers about it. and since I have spare savings form the allowances I've got from the training, I manage to buy my own Mountain Bike.
But I have to admit, I don't have that much information that time about What Good Brands i have to Buy, What is Sizes of the Component that will Fit my Geometry Requirement, Which Parts will match to what parts, and the list goes on. I only Know that Shimano is good (But No, I still didn't know about the hierarchy of components).
I bought the mountain bike, parts per parts including the assembly in a bike shop in Quiapo, Manila. It took us around 7 hours to finish the whole thing. The Bike cost me around almost 20,000 Pesos at that time. Since I don't have a good idea of what parts I will buy (Yes, it was an unplanned impulsive buy, I just happened to pass that place before going back to Batangas after visiting the Quiapo Church) I simply relied to the expertise of the sales lady. (later then I realized that she sold me a 'NO GOOD' bike with fake frame, heavy parts and unmatched sized components to my geometry requirement that costed me bad posture and bad bike handling.)
A knock off / generic frame with a GT Avalanche 3.0 frame sized at 15" or Small. Obviously, this is a knock off frame, it lacks the Triple Triangle Design which is patented to GT bicycles. and obviously, this frame is really small for me.
|Decals on the Frame|
|Frame lacking the GT Emblem|
|SR Suntour SF9 XCM V2|
|120mm SR Suntour SF9 XCM V2|
Generic Double Wall V-brake Rims (w/ Girder OCR decals)Generic Stainless Steel Spokes with Aluminum Nipples
Shimano M-495 Hubs
Shimano M-495 Hubs
|Generic Tire, Generic Rim, Generic Spokes|
|Generic Wheelset with Shimano Hubs, Disc Rotor & Hydraulic Disc Brake|
Amoeba Borla Handle Bar, Stem and Handle Bar
These were a heavy weighted components, they are particularly for gravity rides such as Freeride, DH and enduro. the Stem is too short for XC riding. I loved the color though.
|GTS Seat Post|
|Amoeba Borla Series Stem and Handle Bar w/ Alum. Spacers and Headlock|
|Amoeba Borla Series DH Handle Bar|
The drivetrain is a 3 x 8 speed system with Shimano Alivio Series components. (but i believed some of the parts were substituted by some non-series components like the cogset.
Shimano Alivio Front and Rear Derailluer and Shifter and Chain
Shimano CS-M330 Cassette sprocket (this one is a substitute from the lower ranking Acera group)
Shimano M-485 Hydraulic Disc Brake System
|Shimano Alivio Front Derailluer|
|Chain, Rear Derailluer and Cassete Sprockets|
|Shimano M-485 Hydraulic Disc Brake system|
|Shimano Alivio Shifter & non-series Hydraulic Disc Brake system lever|
Although this is what I have known as a "NO GOOD" bike, I also managed to have some good fun with this bike. I learned the Basic in Handling (the hard way due to some accidents and falls), I managed to earn may biker Friends and manage to have my 1st Epic Ride experience. I had experienced 2 or 3 Major Accidents due to Mis-Handling and Wrong Body Positioning with this bike. Moreover, this mountain bike got me serious in this sports and hobby which is now part of my Lifestyle.
|My First Customized Build Mountain Bike|
I used this bike for almost 4 months (January to April 2010) and reached my first 500 km odometer before I handled it over to my youngest brother.
Here are some photos from my First Major Rides (I was still a newbie back then, and I only have 1 or 2 sets of cycling jersey and MTB shorts)....
|2010 February - My Very first long ride, shot on a beach. (Punto Miguel, Sampaguita, Bauan, Batangas)|
|2010 February - My Very First Century Ride with BSPCC Bikers (Lobo-Laiya Ride)|
|2010 March - PinoyMTBiker.org's Newbie Welcome Ride (South)|
(somewhere in between Sta. Rosa, Laguna or Silang, Cavite)
|2010 March - Sampaguita-Loc Loc Trail ride (Sampaguita, Bauan, Batangas, Phils.)|