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Bicycle: The Gathering (Philippine Bicycle Demo Day 2017)

Bicycle: The Gathering

Bicycle: The Gathering (Philippine Bicycle Demo Day 2017)

I have always dreamed of having a bike fiesta here in the Philippines. A real fiesta in the true sense of the word; banderitas, lots of free food and stuff to give away. Minus the free food, it was like a dream come true last Sunday, November 26, 2017 at the Pacific Rim, Filinvest Alabang due to the Philippine Bicycle Demo Day. Almost all the relevant bike brands available locally were present in the bike day out.

Bicycle: The Gathering (Philippine Bicycle Demo Day 2017)

YT Capra slapped with SRAM GX 

Bicycle: The Gathering (Philippine Bicycle Demo Day 2017)

Baby you can drive my bike

Bicycle: The Gathering (Philippine Bicycle Demo Day 2017)

The first and only bike I tested

Bicycle: The Gathering (Philippine Bicycle Demo Day 2017)

“Doncha try to get crazy with me ese… don you know I’m loco…?”

 

Bicycle: The Gathering (Philippine Bicycle Demo Day 2017)

Bicycle: The Gathering (Philippine Bicycle Demo Day 2017)

BMX, baby!

the updated Karate Monkey 2017 now runs on 27.5 plus tires when bought built, has internal routing for dropper post and has a slacker head tube angle. What are you waiting for? GO BUY it!

 

Bicycle: The Gathering (Philippine Bicycle Demo Day 2017)

XC

It is a lot of effort for the organizers to put up an event like this. Mondy and Arnel are the top dawgs in this event and I praise them for mounting such a festive event. They even added a single speed race called LOCO LOCROSS which is our own version of the cray cray single speed costumed events abroad. For the BMX and jump boys, there is a pump track which you can huck and ride till your legs and arms give up. The little kids are not left out for the push bikes are part of the festivities as well. There is a push bike track which kids can roll around in and there is a race for the young cuties.

Of course, each brand set-up their booths and other bike distributors had their fair share in the sun as well. We checked out the bike jerseys, cycling caps, shorts, bike toys, and all other bike goodies which you want to bring home. For the first timer, this is such an eye opener. So many bikes to try out, and so many products to discover… but if you went last year, it’s all the same… plus some.

new jersey jersey. customize your own.

The new thing is the emergence of the E-bikes. I am not really a fan, but the technology is getting affordable so why fight change? I am all for the advancement of tech, but I still like to rely on old school trusted stuff like muscles on my thighs and wind in my lungs.

Bicycle: The Gathering (Philippine Bicycle Demo Day 2017)

E bikes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bicycle: The Gathering (Philippine Bicycle Demo Day 2017)

Bicycle: The Gathering (Philippine Bicycle Demo Day 2017)

gears, 50 teeth granny cog sets, new Trailmech hubs with 60 points of engagement… new tech

Bicycle: The Gathering (Philippine Bicycle Demo Day 2017)

BMXers 80s

Bicycle: The Gathering (Philippine Bicycle Demo Day 2017)

fatso

 

Bicycle: The Gathering (Philippine Bicycle Demo Day 2017)

The Brutus is the answer for your fat bike dreams. No snow? No problem! You can use this monster on the beach or when you do that epic trip to Mt. Pinatubo.

Bicycle: The Gathering (Philippine Bicycle Demo Day 2017)

Fat Norco

The food is mediocre and I wish there were more choices for the hungry riders. I ate at Bears Grills which served great quapao and ribs. There was Mcdo, barbeque and Tiger beer, but you still wished there were more food choices.  I hope they improve that on the coming Philippine Bicycle Demo Day.

Bicycle: The Gathering (Philippine Bicycle Demo Day 2017)

KTM tent

Bicycle: The Gathering (Philippine Bicycle Demo Day 2017)

If I can bring home one bike that day, it would be this  JEFFSY

Conclusion

I had a pleasurable time during the Philippine Bicycle Demo Day. I got to talk to a lot of bikers, saw the latest tech from Shimano, tried the latest bicycles, learned a lot from other cyclists, spent the day with my bike buds plus a lot more. Cycling is my passion, so it is like leaving a sweet tooth inside a candy factory. You can never go wrong, nor can you hold me down. A bike is a bike, no matter what. It still tickles my fancy, and the Philippine Bicycle Demo Day pumped my heart, stirred up my loins and put a big smile on my face.

Bicycle: The Gathering (Philippine Bicycle Demo Day 2017)

Kudos to the people behind this event! Till next time!