Sunday, November 15, 2015

Mr. Fusion

Step into a haute cuisine diner and you might stumble upon some fusion dishes: delicacies that mixed two or more ethnic cuisines. Served correctly, combining the best of each cuisine origins will give you an entirely new culinary experience like no other.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

A Long Overdue

Some people are drawn into restoring bicycles because of the excitement during the restoration process itself. You can make a solid plan as you like, but more than once, things weren't going according to it. A good friend once said, "When it comes to old bicycles, it's never the case of finding the bike that you really want. More than often, the bike finds you."

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Life Begins At 40

Anyone ever studied managerial accounting will be familiar with the term DRIFT—Doing It Right The First Time. The importance of DRIFT arises from the fact that a just-in-time production system is heavily reliant on the movement of parts and information along the production process. Subsequently, if there is the slightest error at one of the stages of production the whole production process will be affected. By "doing it right the first time" a company is able to run a smooth production process without needing to carry excessive inventory and greatly diminish the costs of production.
But there are times where things are not done right at the first time. Any managers worth their salt should be able to improvise from said circumstances, quickly adapt, and sometimes adopt some of the impromptu elements to be taken account into consideration during the decision making process.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

More Than Meets The Eye

Got to admit, classic exotic road bikes or high-tech full suspension mountain bikes are great, but nothing brought more people aboard bicycles than urban bicycles. You'll see more people riding folding bikes than, let's say, a pristine Colnago C40. Primarily used as means of first or last mile transportation—the trips between your departure point or destination to the nearest public transport station—a folding bike will let the rider carry it aboard the bus, train, taxi or whatever, which then allows even the people with the most mediocre athleticism to cover more miles.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Tidying Up Cables: Why Bother?

During a ride a while back a friend approached me and asked about the cable routing on my Pias Peregrine. "Why do you have to make it so symmetrical? What's the fuss about it?" My answer at the time was, "Why not?"
Not a great answer, that is. But tidying up your cable routing, why bother?

Friday, September 25, 2015

Townies > Hybrids

About ten years or so ago saw the rise of hybrid bicycles. No, unlike the automotive variety, this classification refers to bicycles that was intended for asphalt/very light off-road use, but with upright riding position and geometry that almost similar to the mountain bikes. Often equipped with short travel suspension fork and disc brakes, these hybrids caters the need of a utilitarian ride that's comfortable and handles easily, yet fast enough for the urban environment.
What these hybrids are lacking of, is flair.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

One to Piss Off Purists

There are times when we stumbled upon a bicycle, or frame for that matter, that was the technological leading age of its era. Naturally you'll want to maintain the purity, rebuilding the frame with period-correct parts to recreate the superbike of its age. But since not all of us are blessed with wealth and time in our disposals, what if you want to build a superbike within a budget? What if you want to get the taste of decades-old frame technology combined with modern amenities such as wide-range-but-close-ratio gearing or integrated brake and shifter levers?

Friday, September 4, 2015

The Bicycle That Grows

Dear Reyhan,
First of all Dad would like to tell you and your little sister how lucky we are to have both of you.
You know, the moment where I finally able to balance myself is the second most exciting moment I've ever have involving bicycles. The first, was watching you finally able to master the ability to propel yourself forward and defy gravity with two wheels.