Posted by: Junker | 18 September , 2009

Mountain Bike vs. Folding Bike

No, there wasn’t a race between mountain bike and a Japanese folding bike, my friend Meo and I just had a leasurely ride yesterday around the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Mactan. The difference is, I’m onmy mountain bike and Meo on his folding bike with very small wheels.

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However, those differences didn’t matter at all. In fact, it was a very beneficial ride for me, because I didn’t have to to zoom along the roads. Further more, I got to spin a lot using low gearing while riding behind Meo.

It was a very nice afternoon after it rained in the late morning when we started our ride yesterday. Though the streets are wet with puddles here and there, the ride was a good one.

Our initial plan was to go to the northern tip of  the island of Mactan in Punta Engano, however, Meo, on his small-wheeled folding bike got very tired so we just hit it till the Lapu-lapu shrine.

Going up the old Opon bridge, Meo had to get off his bike because he can’t pedal up it. So, I did the same so we can talk while walking our bikes. But, halfway down after the crest of the bridge, i ride my bike and waited for meo to reach the lower abutment because I had to pump more air to my rear tire.

On the way to Punta Engano, near the Big Foot school of film making, we saw vehicular accident between a light truck and a passenger jeepney, which caused a minor traffick jam.

We took several photos in the shrine, without our bikes because we were told bikes are not allowed inside the shrine. I just didn’t argue with the guards, though I saw some bicycle parked inside the shrine near the tomb of Ferdinand Magellan. We left right away after some photos and looked for a bakeshop to eat and drink before heading back to Mandaue and Cebu.

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This time, on the way back, we took the new Marcelo Fernan bridge and took some more photos at the crest.

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Going up the bridge, Meo elected to ride his bike this time. Though, it was a ver slow pace going down. He’s not very skilled in fast downhill just yet.

My total time on the saddle, 2:47’47. Total distance covered is 38.15 kms., Our average speed is 13.50 km/hr. and my maximum speed on the bridge downhill is 32.90 km/hr. My total odometer reading yesterday is 786.60 km.

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