BIKE DAY

At the Philip­pine Bike Demo DAY, YOU CAN test Ride UP to 200 Bi­cy­cles to YOUR heart’s con­tent

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Per­haps your butt’s only chance to sit on a mil­lion peso bike

If you’re a hard­core cy­clist who: a) wants to buy an­other bi­cy­cle to add to a grow­ing col­lec­tion; b) wants a su­per bi­cy­cle but can’t buy one just yet; or c) can’t af­ford a su­per cy­cle and can only sali­vate look­ing at one, then you should have gone to the 3rd Philip­pine Bi­cy­cle Demo Day held in Fil­in­vest Ala­bang last month.

Made pos­si­ble by two staunch bi­cy­clists and bik­erid­ing ad­vo­cates Ar­nel An­dal and Ed­mund Ang, Bike Demo Day is where you not only get to ogle at bikes, you can test ride them too, re­gard­less of whether they’re bud­get meal bikes or half-a-mil­lion pedal mon­sters.

“The typ­i­cal rider at­tendee of Bike Demo Day can choose to ride up to 200 bi­cy­cles worth a to­tal of P15 Mil­lion at the event. The val­ues start at P5,000 for the low­est price bi­cy­cle to as high as P600,000 for a su­per bi­cy­cle,” An­dal says. “All these bi­cy­cles can be tested un­hin­dered by the rider at­tendee. No mat­ter the present fi­nan­cial sta­tus of the per­son test­ing the bi­cy­cles, he or she gets to ex­pe­ri­ence the vari­a­tions of ride qual­ity of the bi­cy­cles on­site. It’s all about the smiles on the faces of all the demo rid­ers at our event.”

An­dal isn’t kid­ding. The 5k rides were made by Trinx and Sava— “but they’re rid­able,” An­dal says, mean­ing they’re not creaky. The 600k one was the Col­nago Con­cept CHDK 48s. In be­tween were Bian­chis, KTMS, Surlys, Bromp­tons, and a whole lot of other brands on the wish list of any se­ri­ous biker.

Don’t worry, though, a fourth Bike Demo Day is cur­rently be­ing planned for sum­mer. Word has it that it’s go­ing to be held in UP Dil­i­man. Oh, what bik­ing joy! “I per­son­ally be­lieve the bi­cy­cle will end up rolling back into our lives as traf­fic wors­ens, as stress thick­ens, and as the world works on go­ing green. The best thing a biker can do to pro­mote bik­ing is to just ride his bi­cy­cle for even the sim­plest er­rands and short­est dis­tances. Go bike, stand­out, ar­rive early, smile and sug­gest for oth­ers to try bik­ing!,” An­dal says.

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