Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Pizza for dinner at first day of CNY2009

Me and wife had decided to order pizza online from PIZZA HUT for our exclusive home alone dinner. We had ordered 1 Hawaiian Supreme pizza, 1 pasta, 8 bread sticks, 1 fries. At the end, we just had half of the meal and to continue tomorrow morning.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Happy Drunken Ever After

Uncle William, Chin Wei & Wei Yiik (Koosh) went night ride and we met up in KFC clock tower with Ah Terk. Yong didn't join us as he was very busy to stocking his good in his shop. After the meal, we decided to go join Yong in his shop. Soon after that, Sien was calling Yong and everyone to join him in his home in Lagenda Height, to see something. Well when we reached there, we saw a shining white 2-door roadster parking next to his RX-8. It was stunning BMW Z4 cabriolet with softtop! Picture is not available for the moment because to keep it as secret! hehe.. Anyway, Sien invited us to have some wine and beer before going back. The drinking session was gone too far Chin Wei challenged Ah Terk to finish the beer and it went on until 2AM. Everyone was drunk after the dice game. Wei Yiik -down, Ah Terk - down and vomitted after dropping him off, Chin Wei - down and off course vomitted too in front of my shop, Yong - drunk. Me? I didn't drunk just I got little bit high and I headed home soon after dropping all drunkers home. It was a good night.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Do You Know Where Your Bike is Made?

Some bike companies have a few secrets. And one of those secrets is where your bike is made or who actually made it. The bike companies like it that way because many of them rely upon the same factories to build their bikes!The big picture is pretty clear: around 95% of the bikes sold in the U.S. are made in China or Taiwan by a handful of manufacturers of which Giant is the largest. Generally speaking, low to mid level bikes are made in China and mid to high level bikes are made in Taiwan. The exception is carbon; many manufacturers use Chinese manufacturers to make their carbon frames – even their high-end racing frames.When it comes to knowing where your bike is made, shouldn’t it be as easy as looking at the sticker on your bike or what is printed on the box in which your bike came? After all, how confusing can a label that says “Made in the USA” or “Made in France” or “Made in Italy” be?

Cannondale - Aluminum Cannondales are made in the U.S. Cannondale, which was owned by founder Joe Montgomery and his son Scott. Cannondale is now owned by its key investment fund after experiencing financial problems. Cannondale's market share appears to have diminished but stabilized. According to Bicycle Retailer and Industry News in June 2007, low-end Cannondales are made in Taiwan - probably by Fritz-jou. Others are welded and painted in Taiwan then sent to the US for assembly. The Synapse is made by Top Key.In February 2008, Dorel Industries announced the acquisition of Cannondale and Sugoi clothing in an all-cash transaction of $190 million to $200 million. Dorel purchased Pacific Cycle (Schwinn, Mongoose, and GT Bicycle brands) in 2004.

Colnago - In 1944, when Ernesto Colnago served as a 12-year old apprentice in the shop of Dante Fumagalli, did he have any idea he would become the most famous of all Italian frame builders? Colnago is, perhaps, the most coveted of all professional-quality bicycle brands - just look at the pages of VeloNews or Pro Cycling and see how many professional riders race on Colnagos! Frames are still hand-made in Italy, except for three entry level aluminum models made in Taiwan (probably by Giant) and the carbon CLX, which is also made in Taiwan.

Giant - You may have ridden a bicycle made by Giant without knowing it! Giant is the world's largest bicycle manufacturer with factories in Taiwan, China, and Europe. Giant, a Taiwanese company started in 1972, manufacturers their own bikes - including the carbon bikes, which is unique in the industry (i.e., most other brands utilize other manufacturers such as Advanced or Martec). In addition to making their own bikes, Giant also makes, or has made, bikes for many other prominent brands, including Trek, Specialized, Schwinn, and Bianchi. Giant's claim to fame is that they have the most sophisticated and efficient manufacturing facilities in the bicycle industry. A bit of trivia is that Giant owns 30% of Hodaka, a key Taiwanese supplier for many brands such as Bianchi.5 Giant also sponsors the T-Mobile professional cycling team.

Haro - a California BMX company started in 1977 by Bob Haro. All production comes from Asia. Haro owns the Masi brand. Kenstone, with factories in Tawan and China, is a key supplier.

Jamis - Jamis is the house brand of G. Joannou Cycle, a long-time distributor of bicycles and accessories. The bicycles are designed in the U.S. and sourced from Asia.

Kona - a California company with all production from Asia. Kona, founded in 1988, is a very small company similar in size to Marin. Fairly and Hodaka in Taiwan are key suppliers.

Kuota - Kuota frames are made in Taiwan by Martec, the same manufacturer that makes Kestrel frames. Kuota is a creation of Sintema, an Italian manufacturer of components. Basically, they designed the frames, had the frames manufactured in Taiwan, and marketed the brand heavily in the U.S., Western Europe, and Australia. Kuota has been a successful brand launch in a very short period of time.

Orbea - Orbea is one of the two large Spanish bicycle manufacturers. It is sort of like Spain's version of Trek or Schwinn. Bikes are produced in Spain and Asia. High-end carbon frames are made in Asia and "finished" (i.e., painted) in Spain. From Bicycle Retailer and Industry News:Orbea builds aluminum frames in-house. Carbon fiber frame production, which accounts for half of its road bikes, up from 20 percent just three years ago, is outsourced to such Chinese specialists as Martec.But unlike many bike makers who are content to tweak stock factory frames, Orbea does all of its carbon fiber frame design, engineering and prototyping in-house. It builds its own molds for new frames and assembles several dozen prototypes before handing off manufacturing instructions to China."We need to keep and develop our own knowledge of composites and carbon fiber, and then to find someone who can work with us to build what we want them to build," Joseba Arizaga (Orbea's marketing manager) said. "We make the molds, the first frames, everything here in Orbea. Then, when we are ready to do mass production, we send the instructions to Asia."

Pinarello - This Italian company has been producing world-class frames since the 1950's. Pinarello - along with Colnago and DeRosa - is one of the Italian "big three." You can visit their website,, for a nice history of the company. Some frames are now made in Taiwan, including the aluminum Galileo. I haven't been able to confirm this, but apparently the carbon frames are made in Asia then shipped to Italy for painting and assembly.

Schwinn - Schwinn was for many years the largest American brand. All bicycles were made domestically until the late 80's. In 1985, Schwinn management called mountain bikes a "fad" - oops.12 After two bankruptcies, Schwinn is now owned by Pacific, who also owns GT, Mongoose, and the Pacific (and some other brands). Pacific is headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin. Under Pacific's ownership, the Schwinn brand is returning to prominence. Pacific sells more bicycles than any other brand in North America. However, that includes Pacific brands sold at WalMart, Target, etc.13The bikes sold in the U.S. are made in Asia, many by Giant.

Scott USA - Scott got its start in Sun Valley, Idaho, when Ed Scott developed the first aluminum ski pole in 1958. In the 80's, Scott developed a bike line. Eventually, Scott pulled out of the U.S. market and focused on Europe, where Scott is headquartered.14After an absence of several years, Scott has returned to the U.S. market under the direction of Scott Montgomery of Cannondale fame. Although the company is headquartered in Switzerland, production comes from Asia, with key suppliers being Hodaka and Giant.

Specialized - Started in 1974 by Mike Sinyard, Specialized has enjoyed a long-standing reputation for being a leading bicycle design and marketing company.Several years ago, Merida (a Taiwanese manufacturer) bought a substantial interest in Specialized. Although Specialized is still headquartered in California under the leadership of founder Mike Sinyard, all bikes are made in Asia. Key Asian suppliers are Merida, Ideal, and Giant.

Trek - It's hard to believe that America's largest bicycle brand had humble beginnings in a barn! Yet in 1976, Dick Burke - with an investment of $25,000 - started making bicycle frames in a little red barn near Madison, Wisconsin. By 1980, Trek built their first manufacturing plant in Wisconsin and the rest, as they say, is history!15After many years of making its own bicycles in the U.S., Trek moved entry and mid level bicycle manufacturing to Asia. In 1992, Trek introduced its proprietary OCLV carbon process (Optimum Compaction Low Void) which is still used in its handmade carbon frames. All OCLV carbon frames - road and mountain - are still made in Waterloo, Wisconsin. The all-carbon 5000 (which does not feature OCLV) is made in Asia.Worldwide, Trek is the second largest bicycle company after Giant (of the brands sold only in bicycle stores). They are one of the most sought-after brands by U.S. dealers because of their strong commitment to brick and mortar bicycle stores (i.e., the brand cannot be sold mail order or over the Internet) and because of their dealer-friendly policies.Trek owns (or licenses) Fisher, LeMond, Klein, and Bontrager.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Campfire Night Ride in Kuala Ketil

We will be having Camfire Night Moutain Bike Ride in Kuala Ketil motocross trail on 9th January 2009. All riders are welcome. Please contact Yong 013-4401030 / Allan 012-4760151 for reservation for food. Thank you.

Current Participants
1) Allan (Ice Box, Ice, mineral water)
2) William (bring Fresh water)
3) Terk (bring wire, cutter, hammer)
4) Yong (bring ice box, ice, food & beer)
5) Sien
6) Siang (Skewer)
7) Seong
8) Huang
9) Andy
10) Chin Wei (Kerosene)
11) Joe (not confirm)
12) Razif
13) Ali
14) Tong (bring hammer)
15) John
16) Kiu (bring BBQ Pan)
17) Joshua
18) On (not confirm)
19) Regent Wong
20) Mr Lim-Cannondale
21) Ah Siang-Giant Anthem3
22) Ah Ming-no bike
Food and drink will be provided.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Kuala Ketil International Offroad MTB Challenge 2008

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The International Offroad Mountain Bike Challenge 2008 held in Kuala Ketil, Kedah was ended up successfully at 28th December 2008. Although there were only 50 participants shown up for the event despite the event clashed with Taiping Jamboree and Tour De Penang Island that held at the same date, this event was awesome with many technical tracks to tackle with. The event start at 10:00AM, end at 4:30PM.

Giant's lightest ever full-suspension bike

Giant's new Anthem X, touted as "the go-to machine for technical XC", is apparently "the lightest full-suspension aluminium frame (ALUXX SL-grade aluminium 4.0" Maestro Suspension with Fox Float RP23) to ever bear the Giant name".