Jan 21, 2010

My New Found Hobby

I am now having 2 new toys to play with. It cost me quite some - expensive and expandsive- but I believe it will be worthwhile investment.

The first was a mountain bike - Orbea Scape, which aims as my tools for exercise. It was lighter than my training bike (nexus) by 4kg, which resulted to better speeding ability. The nexus, which was bought 3 month earlier now turned as training bike a.k.a leisure riding with my kids.

I have dream a good bicycle since childhood, but never afford to have any so I am happy with whatever I had previously. Once I even race the bicycle with better and expensive RB owned by my classmates, obviously I won :) it is not about expensive equipment but rather the will and proper training.

I love the road/racing bike and still remember when I upgraded the RB with stainless steel fork costing 18ringgit, way much cheaper than my over 1k fork I am attaching to my orbea nowadays. I also still remember, riding a MTB while going for teaching at a University back in 1996.

After 14 years leaving this sport, yet I have not lost the skills but only the stamina.

Under tutelage of my neighbour - Chief Khalid - for the first time in my life, I went for off-road last week. Utilizing my training bikes (which upgraded for the purspose) I manage to cover 32km and being guided to all version of road available - single track, gravel, road, cement, sandy and earth and lastly flood... yup, flooding up my my waist.Now, I am addicted and surely it will be off the road on weekly basis riding my new orbea which equipped with Manitour Seven Fork, Shimano Deore System ncluding RD, FD and disc-break. I am now ready to rumble (visit my white-mtb blog for updates on bicycling)
The second equipment is a DSLR. I still remember with my first camera which I bought while I was in form two (secondary school) more than 25yrs ago, followed by a 35mm. While I was studying culinary, I always targeted my eldest sister's - Minolta- DSLR for picture taking whenever she allowed.. so I became unofficial photopgrapher for my university classmates. That almost 20 years ago. This was followed a digicam bought in 2008.
Now I call it as the revenge time so I bought the D90 with 18-200mm lenses, 50mm 1.8 lenses and some other equipment. At first I thought I will getting the basics, since my wife agreed to chip-in together, it was a breakthrough. Now I hope I will getting some guidance from my hariri's clan, as to improved further my photography skills , then I might starting photoblog.

I guess 20 years of waiting is worthwhile........, okay have to go now for riding and shooting.