Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Beginning

Salam. How to start aa... The first MTB I bought was a 16" Green T-Bolt which cost me RM890-00. For me the bike is already good enough for a beginner like me. The bike came with a Deore LX RD, FD, SR Suntour crank, Deore shifter, KIND A-TWO shock, RST T8 fork etc. I bought the bike in December 2007 from someone well known to the MMS (malaysian MTB societies). My first ride was on the 20th March 2008, 3 months after the purchase. Took me quite sometime to get the nerve. I'll go into details in another post. Now it has been nearly a year since my involvement in MTBs. Tell you the truth, I enjoyed the cycling, the jumping and the upgrading of parts (DIY). I might open a bicycle shop when I retire.

As time goes by, my first upgrade was the shifter and break lever. Found it in BBS for RM200 . It was a Deore LX limited edition (Gold Colour). Bought it on 1st April 2008 and self installed.

Then about one week after, I found an advert in the BBS of a Deore LX Hollotech II crank for sale. I bought it at RM250 and self installed. Date of purchase was 8th April 2008. This hobby is getting expensive for my standard.

Later I was dreaming of getting a carbon handlebar for my bike. It was very hard to look for a second hand carbon handlebar. I just couldn't wait. Then finally a trip to KSH Taman Tun took care of that. Ha ha ha. Cost me about RM180 for a Bontrager carbon handlebar and RM50 for a Racing Speed oversize stem. Date of purchase was 14th April 2008.

After a few rides in the BMC trail, I was feeling that the Kenda 1.95 inch tires that I'm using now cannot handle the BMC terrain. It was slippery during rainy season and dusty in dry season. It was the time to change to better tires. I went to Simon's shop in Taman Rakan. He recommended the Panaracer FireXCPro 2.1 inch tires. It was red tapped. Bought it on 26th April 2008 and cost me RM70 each. Now my bike looks like a mistakenly assembled MTB and the owner is just itching to do something about it.

Later came the project 'Paint them all black'. Took me 2 weeks working overtime (from 12am until 3-4 am). After all the hardship and back pain, I've finally finished the job. Ta-da... Behold the new pearl black T-Bolt.

Noticed in the picture that I'm using a different rear shock, wheelset and brake set.

The shock is KIND shock KS-582 with preload adjust and lock-out. Got it from a fellow mountain biker working in Cyberjaya for RM350.

The wheelset is a WTB Dual Duty FR. Got it also from a fellow mountain biker in Puchong for RM300.

The brake set is a brand new Avid BB7 with an 8" Avid disk rotor. Got it from Sami's shop in Batu Caves. Cost me RM350.
The next up grade was the FD. I got a great deal for an XT FD from a guy in Damansara. Bought it on 8th July 2008.

Next comes the front fork. The RST CAPA T8 can no longer serve my riding style. Been searching for a longer travel fork at least 120mm. Found it in BBS, a Spinner Eagle LC with travel adjust, a true AM fork. Cost me RM500. Bought it from a guy in Melaka.

Well that's about it. Been using the bike for XC riding and sometimes a few small jumps until I went to Putrajaya Challenge Park. After the ride there and also after a few crashes, "I feel the need. The need for speed". There will be a whole new topic on that (if I have the time). In short the black T-Bolt has a new master now and it is called T-Bolt 661. Follow the story later..


Anonymous said...

There is no God but Allah, Muhammad is Allah's Messenger

I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, the One, without any partner. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His Messenger.

Islam is to testify that there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah, to perform the prayers (salath), to pay the charity (zakat), to fast in Ramadhan, and to make the pilgrimage to the House if you are able to do so

Islam teaches us that this life is a life of worship. We are placed on this earth in order to worship Allah and obey His command. During this earthly life we are subjected to a series of trials. We have the option of enduring these trials and conforming to certain laws, and our reward will be great in the next life, or we may decline to endure these trials and choose to not conform to the law, then we will be made to regret it in the next life.

Each person will be solely and completely responsible for their own final reward. Allah has guided us to make this life a better, safer, and more tolerable one for us. If we elect to conform to them then we will see the result in this life even before moving on to the next.

So do believe in Allah, do believe in His angels, do believe in His Books (Scriptures), do believe in His Messengers, do believe in the Day of Judgment and do believe in the Divine Decree (Divine fate) whether good or evil

Allah created us, and we know that we should only worship Him. This is an instinct Allah has created us with. He did not just leave us, rather He sent prophets for us. These prophets had miracles as proof. The miracle for us today is the Quran. There is no other religion that worships only Allah, and believes in Him as totally perfect, and believes in all of His prophets i.e. JESUS, MOSES, NOAH, ABRAHAM,SOLOMON, DAVID, MUHAMMAD ETC.. and the holy scriptures

May ALLAH enlighten you...

Zool "Mat Don" Ihsan said...

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