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Hood to Coast 2010…

This year, I had the opportunity to run at the prestigious Hood to Coast Relay in Portland, Oregon in the United States. For those unfamilar with the Hood to Coast Relay, it’s this according to Wiki:

‘long-distance relay race held in the U.S. state of Oregon, annually in late August, traditionally on the Friday and Saturday of the weekend before the Labor Day weekend. It is one of the longest major relays in North America and the largest in the world in terms of total participation (12,000 in Hood To Coast Relay, 17,400 total participants, including Portland To Coast Walk Relay and High School Challenge Relay). The course runs 197 miles (317 km) from Timberline Lodge on the slopes of Mount Hood, the tallest peak in Oregon, through the Portland metropolitan area, and over the Oregon Coast Range to the beach town of Seaside on the Oregon Coast.’

12 man team. 3 legs each. 2 vans. non-stop till you reach the coast.

What an experience it was. I will never forget it. From running picturesque mountain trails, to pitch black forest backroads, to the lush green seaside roads, I must say North America is thus far the best running experience I have encountered so far. Here are some of my favorite shots from the trip.

HS signing off…

As Le Tour approaches some of the toughest mountain stages, I was reminded about the notion of ‘adaptation’ and more importantly ‘change’. Don’t get me wrong, by no means am I trying to draw some sort of metaphor for life through a cycling competition, but I do see some relevance of it through how the riders in the tour have changed or have changed of the past few weeks. Weathered by torrential downpour, collision, insults and injury, cyclists battled an ever changing terrain, climate. The beauty of something like the tour is most probably the fact that it is quite literally a journey, not just on the map but in all ways. Your muscles burn longer and harder, the seasons, the crowds, scenery change at every moment, at every click of the shifters, change of the tires, incline and decent. One day you’ve got the yellow jersey, headlines and reporters at the tip of your tongue. The next day, you’re the last years ‘what if’. Demented but in the best possible way I suppose. For me, thinking of it just forced me to realise how much the people around me have changed/evolved over the course of a few days, weeks, months and even years. Not just in the physical or physiological sense of the word, but I guess you get where I’m headed with this. Some have played a large role in my life. Some continue to do so on a daily basis. And some well, no longer do. Sometimes it’s as simple as their clothes, shoes and the like. For others, it’s much deeper. From the way they speak, carry themselves and address others, it’s quite apparent. And like chomping up tarmac up the Pyrenees, they’ve probably weathered a storm just as hard if not harder that any pro rider out there. I guess it’s hard to draw a real correlation between a pro rider and anyone living out their lives. But whenever I see Lance Armstrong, his body and ego battered, bruised and scarred, and steal that look on his face as he cranks cranks cranks, the revelation I get is a soothing one. It invigorates and encourages me. Because though his body has continued to change over the course of this painful ordeal, his face, focus and demeanor has never swayed. He’s prevailed in more ways than anyone could ever imagine. I know it’s fairly cliche to speak of a guy like Lance, but sometimes, it does make sense, even if it sometimes seems like a reiteration of sorts. Believe you me, there’s nothing wrong with change one bit. In fact it’s probably a good thing for most. But I suppose the day you wake up and look in the mirror and find yourself staring at a stranger, is the day you might need to take a look down at that tarmac you’ve covered, and see where you came from… With that, thanks so much to the CT guys for this. Sometimes I can’t express enough gratitude for blessings, or fail to express them well. But it’s there somewhere, if not on the tarmac then at least clapping and cheering along the side of it.

And last but not least, to my friend Chris Lim who’s been way more than that in so many ways, this post is dedicated to you. Not because you’re grinning at me from France and all that, but also because you have that ‘look’ too. Be safe on the Tourmalet today, the weather looks wet. HS signing off.

Event Update: i Cycle

The i cycle project is a collaborative effort between streetwear brand Sup Clothing, Cycling Team Crank Arm Steady and local Performance Cycling Syndicate Getset.  

Originally concieved during Crank Arm Steady’s 120km Tour of Singapore in 2009, the i cycle project highlights dire need for road equality for cyclists of all shapes and form. The goal, though monumental, is to raise awareness of cycling as a full fledged legitimate sport and mode of transport on the streets of Singapore.

The collaborative effort bridges the divide between road cyclists and fixed gear riders through 2 tees and 2 caps that celebrate and commemorate cycling in Singapore. Using like-minded inspiration, aesthetics and fabrication the combined, the collection celebrates performance and fixed gear cycling beauty in the heart of Singapore.

The ‘Longhouse’ tee by Yasin for Getset speaks roadie from the heart, the coffee and hawker stall along Upper Thompson Road having been the epicentre for roadies, pro and amatuer cycling teams for more than a decade. This picture was taken a few minutes shy of 7am on a Saturday Morning, the quintessential roll out time.

The ‘Fixie’ tee by Yasin for Sup Clothing documents a small segment of the CAS ‘Tour of Singapore’, a 120km round island fixed gear ride that took place in late 2009 by the Crank Arm Steady crew. The respresents the physical manifestation of the Tour of Singapore Film, set to show at the Sup Clothing Store on the 17th of April, 2009. Both these tees are accompanied by a collection of performance cycling caps with each party’s insignias. 

In summary,i cycle is simply a call to arms for the Singapore Cycling community to get together. This is the first step. To make cycling, cyclists known. People need to know that it is not a fad, phase or a recreation. It’s a life. A life style. Fixed or otherwise, cycling is here to stay. Whether you like it or not.   

The launch of i cycle will be on Saturday, 17th of April at the Sup Store, Haji Lane, where we will premiere the film of Crank Arm Steady’s Tour of Singapore, as well as featuring exclusive prints of Singapore’s cycling scenes. Gracious sponsors Red Bull, Tiger Beer, Nike Sportswear, etc etc will be providing free drinks, banging tunes and prizes throughout the evening so we hope you join us to represent Singapore Cycling proudly. Or at the very least, for a drink and a good time. 

Peace.

We warned you… Only the good stuff… Be prepared to be blown away when you recieve the Tees…

Click for Classic T sizing, and Slim Fit T sizing

To order, just use our Contact Us Form and provide us with your details (name, phone number, delivery address, etc) as well as information on the item you want (name, size, number, etc). Alternatively, you can email us at chris@getset.sg or Call/SMS +65 93809850 with the above information.

Delivery is free to all local (Singapore) addresses.

As everyone knows by now, there IS no such thing as an end point when it comes to upgrading our bikes or bike gear. From that new 2011 (*gasp*) model that Pinarello just launched, to the latest designer bike jersey in town, down to that new bike computer that tells you everything including your wife’s birthdate (you know, just so that you’ll spend money on something OTHER than your bike for once), there’s always something better or simply more beautiful to buy when it comes to bike and gear. Never do manufacturers make a product that’s the be-all and end-all. After all, as we all know, the money is in the comeback… Well, that WAS the sentiment that ran through our minds at GetSet… that is, until we found these handsome pair of shoes:

E-ST213

Meet the ST213. Exustar’s Triathlon shoe.

In terms of its technical specs, its a featherweight @ 532 g/pair, has a full carbon fiber air-vented sole, heel loop for ease of transition, as well as 2 Tri-hook straps (1 main strap, and 1 mini one for perfect fit). Its body is made of synthetic microfiber leather woven with sections of breathable mesh.

Technical specifications didn’t mean much to GetSet when it comes to reviews, so our team decided to take the E-ST213 out for a field test. And boy, were we amazed… 1st thing that came up as soon as we put on the shoes was its extreme stiffness. It was no joke. On or off the bike, our heaviest rider could not get the sole to flex at all (don’t just take our word for this one. Read what the Trifam forummers had to say about its stiffness too.). The 2nd most impressive feature was it’s level of comfort. One would expect an extremely stiff shoe to be extremely uncomfortable as well, but this was not so. GetSet tried it on a few people with different foot types (wide vs narrow, high vs low arch, etc) and they all reported glove-like fit and comfort. Closer inspection of the shoe revealed the secrets to achieving this: 1-the body of the shoe was constructed to have 3 main sections (heel, mid foot, and forefoot/toecaps) which interact seamlessly with each other while each section individually moulds itself to your feet. This means that the shoe top conforms itself to your feet while the extremely stiff sole transmits all your effort to your pedals. 2- The mini strap in the forefoot section. Yes, at this point all the hardcore triathletes will be screaming: “What’s an extra strap doing on a tri shoe? It’ll get in the way of transitions!!!” but in reality, the mini strap serves to keep the already glove-like fit even more snug. AND it doesn’t get in the way of transitions. Only the main strap needs to be undone for transitions. We tried. 3- The shoe has very good and firm arch support. It felt as though our feet were clad in a top-of-the-line, well made, well selected running shoe (with an extremely stiff sole of course. You get the picture..).

For those of us who are worried about straps getting caught in chains and cranks, not a worry. Exustar cleverly designed these babies with a strap notch that prevents things like that from occuring.

 

All the above meant 1 thing, when you’re done with riding, your feet are fresher, and your legs are less tired because your pedaling became more efficient. For triathletes, it means that at the end of your bike segment, you’re not so worn out, and you’ll still be fresh enough to face your last segment, plus you won’t Brick as hard.. 

After all those words and all that marketing, everything can be Summarized into 1 sentence: It’s like having your very own custom made shoe… There’s simply nothing else that could be better. 

Featuring our new Jerseys and gear. They arrived tuesday at 6pm, and we’ve been amazed since…

For sizing, please check out our sizing charts 

To order, just use our Contact Us Form and provide us with your details (name, phone number, delivery address, etc) as well as information on the item you want (name, size, number, etc). Alternatively, you can email us at chris@getset.sg or Call/SMS +65 93809850 with the above information.

Delivery is free to all local (Singapore) addresses.

NEW STUFF!!

Our latest offerings on 1 page!

Twin 6 Gear

For a clearer picture, please click on the image. For sizing, please check out our sizing charts  

For sizing, please check out our sizing charts 

To order, just use our Contact Us Form and provide us with your details (name, phone number, delivery address, etc) as well as information on the item you want (name, size, number, etc). Alternatively, you can email us at chris@getset.sg or Call/SMS +65 93809850 with the above information.

Delivery is free to all local (Singapore) addresses.

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