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