Happy Birthday Nex!!!

Gawd, I gave my bike a name!!! Its already one year since I’ve started mountain biking. And its exactly one year this coming Thursday since I bought my Nexus Pro Freelance bike and I have been riding with it ever since. My current bike is an XC Full Suspension type; XC being Cross Country, the lightest among four type of mountain bike. Yes ladies and gentlemen, there are four types. I only knew this last year, when I started mountain biking.


A year ago, it looked something like this.



And last Saturday, it looked like this.


You have to know, XC bike was not meant for very rough terrain and I’ve been using it on a very rough terrain. I’ve ride it on several occasion at Bukit Padang, not at Tun Fuad jogging track, there’s no cycling sign over there, but at the back of St. Francis primary school, and recently been riding there almost every week. To give you a glimpse of what we’re doing at Bukit Padang, take a look at these videos.




Last Saturday, I brought it to Spring Trading, the place where almost every cyclist in KK gets their stuff, and where I bought my bike. I notice that the crank was rocking a bit and it has been A YEAR now so I think I need to service my bike. They opened it up (after a few sprays of WD-40 and 15 minutes of waiting), and found that the bearing on my Bottom Bracket (BB for short) was busted. And, umm, was also mud in it, boys will be boys; we like to play with dirt. How did it get there in the first place I have no idea.


That’s not a rust, its hardened mud. I’m serious.


So I guess I need to replace it then.


I got it fixed that day, and went “downhilling” the next day.


I made a few upgrade on my bike because I don’t like the factory installed equipment. I’ve changed the grip shifter to a thumb shifter; I hate it when you going up hill and you accidently changed the gears. Then I changed both derailleurs (it’s what most people called gears, so called derailleur because it derails the chain) to SRAM .X5 and the paddle. Installed an odometer so I would know how far and how fast I was on each cycling session, bought blinker and torchlight for night riding. You can say I spend a lot on my bike.


Now, I’m thinking to get a Free Ride type bike. OK, let me briefly explain the four types of bike. There are Cross Country (XC), All Mountain, Free Ride (FR) and Downhill (DH). XC being the lightest with a shorter suspension and DH being the heaviest with fork and tyre resembling a Motocross bike. Getting complicated eh? I’ll explain it in detail later on. Oh if and when I’m getting my new bike, I would still keep my old one. You can’t expect me to ride a heavy bike on the road when I’m going night cycling. That’s pure nuts!!!


The Geek

A so called geek who resides at North Borneo, in a not so little city anymore, formerly known as Api-Api to the locals, Jesselton to the colonialist. This geek is a Civil Engineer by profession, who have lots of ideas popping up while traveling, who will write whatever popped up in his mind and hopping the reader would not be so judgmental toward his writings. This geek is also a computer & internet junkie who love outdoor, which is pretty much contradicting to each other doesn’t it? This geek is good at almost everything but a master of none (read about this somewhere). People may perceive him as a very quiet, describe as phlegmatic person, yet he is quite a chatterbox to those whom he is really close or comfortable with. This geek thinks anime chicks are way cooler than a real chick hence why he also likes to watch it (not the chicks, but the anime). Not to be mistaken as watching a cartoon, anime to this geek and to most of anime follower are animation that are created and produce by the Japanese.

6 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Nex!!!

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  • 4th June 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Hi, its good to see a sabahan blog dedicated to mountain biking! I have the same problem with my bike (crank punya problem). How much does it cost for the repair? and I was thinking of changing my frame to nexus pro freelance.. what’s your short review on that frame? thanks a lot!

    • 4th June 2009 at 9:03 pm

      well, changing the BB and having it installed just cost me RM50. its a good frame. i have a few friends who are using it and they don’t have any complaints, well at least none so far. where do you cycle anyway?

  • 9th June 2009 at 11:11 am

    My weekdays ride.. I usually cycle at bukit padang or signal hill. And during weekends, my friend always finds new trail from the google earth.. so far we’ve been to kelawat area (80km).. tamparuli-kiulu-pekan nabalu-tamparuli (101km).. and u probably noe this place.. Kg. Kokol.. and I always got left behind since i’m kind a new in cycling.. right now i’m using khs alite 500 bike.. some friends of mine says it is quite heavy bike.. but i think its ok for training purpose.. and thinking of adding one more bike for free riding..

  • 13th June 2009 at 8:19 am

    wow! that’s quite a ride. i normaly cycle for only 30km. hey talking about nexus pro frelance, i have a friend who recently bought a new specialized demo downhill bike and he wanted to sell his frelance for RM750, complete bike. r u interested?

    my friend and i are planning to cycle somewhere near salut area this coming sunday, 13th june 2009. we will meet up next to the coconut stall by the road side. call me if you’re interested at 019-8610476

  • 9th July 2009 at 4:55 pm

    omg… so sorry the late reply. is your friends bike still on sale? can i see some pictures first? thank you..


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