Comments for The Cycling Canadian Mon, 04 Jun 2018 07:20:38 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Getting a 30-Day Tourist Visa Extension in Indonesia by Richard Halliwell Mon, 04 Jun 2018 07:20:38 +0000 Well written and informative post. Very Deja Vu for me. While staying in Siantar I toyed with the idea of getting an extension. Walked along that very road the 5 or 6 kms to Imigrasi and got the information you describe. As you say – immigration offices are usually way out of town. Lower rents you think? THAT office? The padi and countryside starts about one kilo down the road. I’m sure it’s a ploy to give money to taxis .. becaks .. etc.
After consideration I took the fly-to-Penang option you offer. Not quite so cheap when you are up for 20,000 rupiah exit tax at Medan Airport though ….. …..
Having returned to Indonesia and made my way to Solo – Java I got a month extension there. At the Solo Imigrasi. Also a good walk after getting down from the bus to Solo Airport. Apart from needing three trips – when one would have done – it all went very smoothly. Without a sponsor being necessary!
Good on you for getting out there and doing something different in the age of French or German instagram gap-year hordes.

Comment on Day Nine – Super-Typhoon Yolanda by Anonymous Wed, 04 Apr 2018 13:20:48 +0000 I can’t believe you disrespected these humans by publishing photos of their dead bodies on the internet. You should be ashamed. Please don’t misunderstand me, I’m not shocked by the sight of them, but by the fact you posted them. Not even the basest rag of a newspaper would do this.

Comment on Pros and Cons of Trailers for Bike Touring by Caio Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:53:26 +0000 thank you a lot!

Comment on Getting a 30-Day Tourist Visa Extension in Indonesia by maria Wed, 01 Nov 2017 11:06:44 +0000 In Bali officials tend to love tourists more so they do not give you such a hard time.
Going in and out has its own hazards and I believe the general rule nowadays is, that they will limit or refuse entry on the third try..

I enjoyed reading this post a lot and appreciate you compare the trouble we have to do to what Indonesians go through when travelling to or through Canada
Puts things in perspective

Comment on Day 37 Super Typhoon Yolanda – Mass Grave at Basper, a Concert, and Mosquito Torment by D. Richard Carlson Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:25:10 +0000 November 8 is my son Ryker’s birthday and he was turning 3. Letting you know this post is my first reading. While I find your observation with keen interesting and agreeing but daze at indifference. Wow. I am going to stick around and read more of them, especially on Typhoon Yolanda. I had felt the storm while living in Cagayan de Oro, Mindanao and saw fast-moving clouds swirled away above me. I will leave you my comment on your other Haiyan posts.

Comment on New Passport at the Canadian High Commission in KL by Doug Nienhuis Wed, 31 May 2017 08:29:38 +0000 There was no problem for me, but it was definitely an issue and something to take into consideration.

The entry stamp wasn’t carried over to my new passport. The new passport was completely blank, of course. Luckily, I had made sure to tick the box saying that I wanted my old passport returned to me along with the new one. I assumed I would need it since it contained my entry stamp into the country.

When I left Malaysia, I was pulled out of line and brought to a back office. I had to show them my old passport with the original entry stamp along with my new passport. They entered some information into their computer system. I assume they updated my records to reflect the new passport number. Then I was stamped out of the country (in my new passport) as normal.

They also told me that if I planned on returning to Malaysia, I should keep the old passport until that time. I did, in fact, return to Malaysia. I made sure to keep my old passport, but no one asked for it. I was able to enter Malaysia and then exit again with my new passport without any issue.

I don’t know if it’s the same for everyone, but for me, it was important to keep my old passport. I can’t remember where I got the information at the time, but I understood that I didn’t need to go to a Malaysian immigration office to have the entry stamp transferred. I was told that all that would be taken care of at immigration at the airport or port when I left the country. I just had to make sure to bring my old passport with me. And everything worked out fine. They’d clearly encountered this a thousand times before, and they had a standard procedure in place to deal with it.

Comment on New Passport at the Canadian High Commission in KL by Mike Wed, 31 May 2017 08:12:53 +0000 Excellent! One question … any problems leaving Malaysia? i.e., transfering visa entry stamp?

Comment on Bike Touring and Cycling in Taiwan by Mike Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:30:35 +0000 Wild camping or free camping in parks is the biggest draw of everyone so have talked to regarding cycling in Taiwan.

Comment on The Nightmare that is Bicycle Shops in Cebu by Doug Nienhuis Wed, 19 Apr 2017 05:00:48 +0000 Hi, Niels.

Looking back, I definitely should have taken apart the shifter myself and checked it out. As you said, it might have been an easy fix. However, considering I knew nothing about grip shifters, I thought it was best to leave it to the experts, or at least start with them. I had this vision of opening up the grip shifters and having springs and levers and bits and pieces flying across the room and never getting them back together.

It turned out that even the most knowledgeable mechanics I found in Cebu knew even less about grip shifters than I did. None of them had ever seen them before. But the story does have a relatively happy ending. All the gory details are in the next blog post titled “Nearly Defeated by One Rusty Bolt.”

The short version of the story is that I found a much better bike shop called Cycle Logic. It was located in an upscale mall complex far away from the the rather dismal downtown area where the first bike shops were located. The clerks at Cycle Logic were friendly and actually made eye-contact and talked to me about my problems. It was far from smooth-sailing (as my blog post points out), but I ended up replacing my malfunctioning grip shifters with Shimano Acera lever shifters.

The whole encounter was pretty amusing and I was told a half dozen different things by the shop clerks and mechanics (none of which turned out to be true). But when the dust settled, we found out that the problem was a missing spring. The shifters had been given an overhaul by a bike mechanic earlier in Tacloban City (another very long story), and apparently when he reassembled the right gear shifter, he had left out the main spring that locked the shifter into place. The left shifter still had this spring (as we found out when we dismantled both of them at Cycle Logic), and it worked fine. There was no such spring in the right shifter, so it just spun around and never locked into place properly.

No one in this shop had ever seen grip shifters before, and they had no access to spare parts. Originally, they said that in order to change the grip shifters to lever shifters, they would have to replace the entire drive train – both derailleurs, the chain, the freewheel, and the crankset. And since the grip shifters and the brake levers were a combined unit, they would have to replace the front and rear brake assemblies as well. Apparently this was because I had an 8-speed system and they only had 9-speed components.

But then the mechanic on shift that day (they kept changing) said that wasn’t true. He said that the 9-speed shifters would work just fine on an 8-speed system like mine and they could just put on new lever shifters no problem. The final bill was an astonishingly low 1,000 pesos (or about $22 US). There was no guarantee that this would work, but it seemed worth trying. They made the change, and everything worked just fine. I’m still using those new shifters and brake levers today, and they’re still working great.

Comment on The Nightmare that is Bicycle Shops in Cebu by Niels Mon, 17 Apr 2017 17:46:36 +0000 @Anonymous: You apparently do not recognize the human powers of looking at something and understanding on the spot how it works and how to fix it in the simplest way possible without anything from the original manufacturer.

I suppose this has to do with government schools asking you to simply memorize what they tell you, rather than developing skills of observation and improvisation…

At any rate, I don’t think he was wrong in trying to get a fix. You’re acting like 15 year old things can’t be fixed… throw-away-mindset at its worst. Older things are usually easier to fix, if just because companies hadn’t gone down that deadly growth curve with the resulting planned obsolescence as far as now.