Surly Fffinas had an event for a brother who is suffering from cancer. A close group of friends organized a raffle to raise funds for the medical bill of our member. The group’s homepage was alive with comments and fun banter. The whole process from the survey, to the depositing of the money and taking a picture of your proof, were transparent in the organization’s digital thread. The raffle date was set October 16 but it was moved to October 23 due to stormy weather (Typhoon Karen). After a week, Typhoon Lawin passed and we resumed our raffle date cum Surly meet up at the Army Trail in Fort Bonifacio.
Fort Bonifacio Army Trail
The chosen venue was apt for the meet up and raffle draw for it was peaceful and serene enough for the occasion. The weather was cooperative and Haring Araw smiled on the Surly boys. One by one, the members of the sometimes zany bunch arrived and exchanged pleasantries. It was a really diverse group and the love for Surly is what really binds us together. Of course there were a number of different brands sported by some, but that’s what makes us quirky and why we like Surly.
Track review for 2016
While waiting for the raffle to commence, I spun around the trails to experience if they revised the trail from years back. There were no major trail revisions. There are so many forks in the track that if it was your first time there and had no companions, it was quite a task to choose. I just rolled with it and ended up where I started. There is one section wherein you have to pedal hard because it was an ascent with mossy rocks. If your speed and rate of approach is quite slow, you would blame your tires and say that the moss is slippery. In ascents like this, I learned from one of my veteran friends that you have to find the perfect balance. You have to lean forward and be on the right gear. Even if you are rocking non-knobby tires, you can climb with ease.
The Army trail is still a load of fun to ride being in the heart of the city. It is your oasis in the middle of the concrete jungle. A fun mix of berms, drops, switchbacks and jumps that will satisfy your itch to ride your mountain bike.
In our small quirk, we share something in common: our love for Surly and how the brand is versatile and not pretentious. The makers of Surly sport beards and drink beer after rides. They are fun loving and the bike culture of having fun in the great outdoors is evident among them. I guess we can say that our little band of brothers share the same sentiment as the brand also. In bike building, there are no rules. If it works, if it fits, well and good. Slap a fat tire on a cyclocross frame, or use road tires on a mountain bike, we don’t care! If it rides nice for you, we respect that. To each his own. We like to build bikes, we like to ride them far, we like to go on adventures, period.
We got together and ate heartily. We had a few laughs, we had bike talk, and we helped our brother with his medical bill. If that is not fun for a biker, I think you should reconsider your idea of fun.
The organizers raffled off two bikes: a Surly Instigator and a Specialized AWOL. Tickets were 500php each. After raffling off the minor prizes: lots of lube, 29inch tire, and a helmet, the bikes were next. Wins, the person who donated the AWOL as a prize won lots of consolation prizes. (Now that is what you call good karma). A doctor on a medical mission won the Surly instigator. (Again, good karma) The AWOL was won by a school mate of mine. After the grand prize was drawn, people were disappointed that they did not win, but there were smiles on everybody’s faces because deep in their hearts, they helped a biker dude in need.
Congratulations to the winners and a double high five to the organizers and leaders of Surly FFFinas. Continue the good work and good will always come.