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Old 08-04-11, 12:44 PM   #401
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I used to see this partner roaming in town. The dog usually rides in front of his master standing on the frame but after a while it was in a different position when I saw them. Now, the dog sits on the seat while his master walks pushing the bicycle. I couldn't resist taking a shot after asking permission from the guy. They usually passes my house during late afternoons coming from work. The guy says the dog likes to go with him everywhere. This time I'm confused to distinguish who really is the master. Next time I'll take a shot with the dog standing on the bicycle frame.


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Old 08-05-11, 07:43 AM   #402
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I've been watching this thread for some time now as I am married to a Filipina here in the U.S. My in-laws live with us and I am always amazed at some of the ingenuity my father shows with fixing things. Nothing gets thrown out if it can be fixed, if it cannot be fixed it is used as materials to fix something else.

I am curious regarding the final workmanship of the rim repair above. As an honest critic, could you say that he was able to get that wheel back to near new condition, or would you say that it was merely 'usable' after the repair?
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Old 08-05-11, 12:39 PM   #403
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The damaged stainless steel rim is the front wheel of a tricycle. It was bumped by a car and was a hit and run. This tricycle owner is not capable of buying a new rim so a fixing is needed. It was usable after the repair.
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The damaged stainless steel rim is the front wheel of a tricycle. It was bumped by a car and was a hit and run. This tricycle owner is not capable of buying a new rim so a fixing is needed. It was usable after the repair.
Sure, more specifically my question was, Was it just marginally usable, or was it more like, 'Wow, I cannot believe that this thing was run over by a car because it works so well.'?

What part of the P.I. are you in? I have heard that the Manilla drivers are particularly bad.
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I'm here in Malabon City, Metro Manila. Actually the tricycle was parked with it's front wheel turned. The car bumped it at the rear so the impact was on the front wheel. I didn't see the tricycle itself but the driver just brought the rims for repair and was happy enough that it didn't cost him to buy another rim. My mechanic is famous for such fixings specially among pedicab (tricycle) drivers.

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Old 08-06-11, 10:53 PM   #406
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I was in a thrift shop yesterday and bought these items. They are China made but the designs were good. The only weak parts with China made LED lights are the terminals. They easily corrode.

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Old 08-08-11, 03:13 AM   #407
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hi surrealdeal and mang boy,

if i may add to the discussion.

Philippine tricycles utilize light motorcycles (typically 100cc 2-stroke or 125 4-stroke) with an added sidecar(welded with no jigs used !). They typically run short distances (3-5km) and cruise around 25kph or less earning fares sometimes in heavy traffic. They are used like a short distance cheap taxi and similar to thailand tuk-tuks.

they may be low-tech, but these are dependable, tough and affordable transport. empty weight of around 300 lbs or less but they carry around 600lbs sometimes on inclines. I have seen them carry 8 people.

what i am trying to say is that the wheels and tires are not typically wheel balanced, so i guess it does not really matter too much if the rims are not 100% true, because most everything in the entire tricycle is not also balanced ! (even the brakes are only on the motorcycle side and no brakes on the sidecar wheel.)
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hello mang boy and all,
i would like to share my experience with the wanda white wall tire 27"x1-3/8". I weigh 215lbs so i figure it is a good test of any bike tire. I have been using these wanda for around 3 months. They have performed well. These are china made i think. I am satisfied. I bought it in malabon.

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hi to all and mang boy,

after more than 1 year of using the china tire, i must say that it is ok. I have had no problems with the wanda tire. My problem with is with the china inner-tube(interior tube).

My china inner tube only lasted 3months. Upon inspection of a flat, i saw that it was not caused by pointed object, but by poor quality. The inner tube was very thin and i could see future holes in the thin tube construction; where mold marks very thin material. The rubber material itself was decent, it was just too thin.

Objectively, i decided to measure the weight of the irc-japan inner tube (240 grams) -vs- the china made(170grams). This proves the thinness of the china tube material.

I repaired the japan tube and tossed the china tube. But, i still use the china tire (exterior)
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The twisted rim is the front wheel of a pedicab, a non-motorized bicycle. It's a size 28 simply a regular bicycle with a side cab. I'll post later in the evening a picture of how it looks.
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This is the kind of tricycle I'm talking about. I was not able to see the damaged tricycle cause the driver just brought the twisted rim.


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Got a new project this month. I swap one of my folders with a size 20 Mini. I was not able to take pictures of the minivelo cause it was already late in the afternoon. Pictures will be posted by tomorrow.
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How much do they charge for a ride in one of those tricycles?
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Very cool thread. I spent 3 weeks in PI back in the late 80's as a Marine. Visited Manila and have a bunch of cool stories from the trip.
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How much do they charge for a ride in one of those tricycles?
About $.50 (for 2 passengers) for a 5-8 minutes ride.
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About $.50 (for 2 passengers) for a 5-8 minutes ride.
How far does one get in Manilla traffic in 5-8 minutes?
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About $.50 (for 2 passengers) for a 5-8 minutes ride.
When I was in the PI we used to joke that you knew you had been there too long when you argued with a Jeepney driver for your change from a peso (a peso was worth about $.05 back then).
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Another addition to my minivelo collection.

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New grips on reserve. A variety of grips are available on the market specially those made in Taiwan and China, but everytime I come across of OGK grips I made it appoint to have them for future use.

OGK Made in Japan

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OGK was very popular among my group of friends who used to ride BMX bikes in the mid 80s.

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OGK Made in Japan

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It's rainy season now so cleaning a bike after a run is tiring. It's time for this bicycle to be use.

National - Size 26", OGK rims, stainless fenders / chain cover and painted carriers with a Panasonic basket, and an umbrella holder. At least I don't have to worry about rusting parts. I had this bike since 2007 and very useful this rainy season special with flooded streets every time there is a heavy downpour. I just have to sacrifice the special painting on this bicycle.


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Yesterday was the height of typhoon Pedring that hit us. At around 10:00AM the water level on the street was almost 3 inches. Luckily our street had the highest elevation around the area. Other places have 3 to 4 feet flood level. A high tide added to the flooding of the city. Me and my son Marc took turns in riding a bicycle for as loong as the water level doesn't reach the hubs.















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yesterday was the height of typhoon pedring that hit us. At around 10:00am the water level on the street was almost 3 inches. Luckily our street had the highest elevation around the area. Other places have 3 to 4 feet flood level. A high tide added to the flooding of the city. Me and my son marc took turns in riding a bicycle for as loong as the water level doesn't reach the hubs.
















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Last month I got a bicycle from my brother. It's a retro bicycle with 24 x 1.75 front wheel and a 16 x 1.75 rear wheel. I can't resist the bicycle due to it's frame design so what I'm planning to do is change all the other components. My mechanic had to do some alignment on the frame and changes in the cables layout. I'll take some pictures by tomorrow since the work was not finished today.

Just after a week, came another bicycle of my choice. A Bridgestone Travzone was sold by my brother to a friend whom I negotiated to buy if he decides to sell it. Though I had one already I find it hard to get this model and so another restoration is schedule for this bicycle. It's a folding bicycle with 24 x 1 wheel set. Pictures by tomorrow. What I missed a few months ago was a Bridgestone of this model with 700c wheels.
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Here's my 2nd Bridgestone Travzone. For the moment I changed the handlebar and replaced all cables. I'm waiting for new tires ( 24 x 1) or changed the wheel set to a 22 x 1 3/8 if ever a find stainless steel rims. I find this bicycle easy to ride on short distances.
BTW this is a folding bicycle.


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Here's my 2nd Bridgestone Travzone. For the moment I changed the handlebar and replaced all cables. I'm waiting for new tires ( 24 x 1) or changed the wheel set to a 22 x 1 3/8 if ever a find stainless steel rims. I find this bicycle easy to ride on short distances.

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