October 1, 2013 Comments Adventure, Bicycles, Blog Posts

PinoyRetroBikes Meet Up

PRB meet up
Bike Enthusiasts and Purists met up at the University of the Philippines Diliman to showcase their old school bicycles. It was a bike show like no other, for one got to see rare precious metal and odd parts not sold in your local bike shop. Thanks to the world wide web and the social network, scurrying for old bike parts has become less toxic and more forgiving. Research on dates, makes, models and other pertinent facts about road bikes, track bikes, mini velos, cruisers, cyclo cross bikes and mountain bikes are all now accessible if you look in the right websites. Of course, looking at the pictures from our bike brothers across the globe is a treat, so imagine if you get to see those vintage bikes up close and personal…

There are a lot of vintage riders and collectors out there. They keep and preserve the best bicycles known to man, occasionally pumping air into the deflated tires and putting oil on those rusty chains… We just hope that a lot more of these “bike events” happen often. It’s a nice way to spend a lazy weekend and just talk bike.

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I appreciate bicycles by their aesthetics, sleek good looks, right color coordination and how the frame bends, etc… Yet more importantly, I love a bike that rides well. There are a lot more to value on a bike; the builder of the frame, the materials used for it, the design and more importantly, the spinning parts.

SPINNING PARTS POSTULATE
I got the spinning parts postulate from an old bike builder from Cogeo, Philippines. He simply said; “Get the best parts for the hub and crank. They are the spinning parts which have to be at their best performance and quality.” So, even if a bike is very old and outdated, as long as the hubs (and the bearings inside them) are restorable, it is no issue.

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Let’s Go! Bike Retro!