The One about Ishizuka Cycle Bicycle Service in Suginami

It was a rainy day in Suginami, a special ward in western Tokyo. My goal while visiting the area was to visit Ishizuka Cycle Bicycle Service, one of the few long standing family-owned bicycle shops in Japan. And it was great to meet with Hiroyasu Ishizuka, the son of the founder of Ishizuka Cycle, which was opened in the 1940’s. But part of what I enjoyed the most about visiting […]

The One about the Shimano PD-M520 MTB Bike Pedals & SPD Cleats

A lot friends have asked me what kind of pedals I use for my road bike and I think it surprises many of them that I use Shimano PD-520 MTB Pedals with SPD Cleats. Why do I use mountain bike pedals? I think that everyone has their own comfort level of what pedals they would rather use and previously I used Shimano PD-R540-LA Light Action SPD-SL Road Pedal with a […]

The One about Strava

I enjoy running.  I enjoy cycling.  I enjoying working out. But unlike my younger years of running for football or wrestling in high school or even my earlier years in college, a lot of my running after afterward were done indoors.  Inside the gym, inside the house and then I stopped. I think as you get older, get into relationship, begin eating out all the time and not pay attention […]

The One about the Topeak Survival Tool Wedge II

For anyone who cycles, especially long distances, there are two things they should have with them, a pump (or mini CO2 cannister) and tools. Currently, my favorite to use is the Topeak Survival Tool Wedge II. The Survival Tool Wedge is an updated and improved version of Topeak’s wedge pack and features a wrap around zipper, extra long 3M reflective strip for added saefty at night and a zippered expanding […]

The One about the Giro Savant 2015 – The road bike helmet that saved my life!

A lot of the times, many people don’t put too much thought into the helmet they buy.  Many look for style and feel and expect the protection to happen. Afterall, you spend money for a good helmet, you are expecting the best protection right? It’s always important to check out a wide variety of reviews before purchasing a bike helmet and after looking at a plethora of helmets, for road […]

The One about the TomTom Spark

I have been wanting a new fitness watch and most importantly, wanting one that not everyone is wearing. Having read the awesome first run and impressions by Ray at DC Rainmaker, I decided to get the TomTom Spark Cardio + Music Fitness Watch. For those not familiar with Tom Tom, the company is headquartered in Amsterdam and TomTom is a Dutch company that specializes in GPS watches, location-based products and […]

The One about the CamelBak Lobo Hydration Pack

As I start to run and cycle more and focus on my water drinking, I have been researching various hydration packs. One that fit my budget and my needs was the CamelBak Lobo Hydration Pack. Since 1988, Petaluma-based outdoor equipment company, CamelBak Products, LLC  has been releasing their hydration products to the U.S. military and law enforcement agencies but also to the general public The idea came from CamelBak founder […]