Follow The Blue Bicycle Lane

Word on the streets is that KL has gotten some brand new blue (di da dum da) bicycle lanes, so I figured I’d check it out. And what better way than by bike!

Just so happens KL was hosting the World Urban Forum, where people gather to discuss things like city planning, global warming and how to grow veggies on your rooftop.

Below you will find lengthy sequences of our journey along the blue bike lanes of central KL. We began in a beautified back alley of Chinatown, not far from the Central Market, and after travelling about 7.5 klicks we ended up back where we started.

UN World Urban Forum Blue Bike Lane Map

Certainly takes you past some of KL’s nicer landmarks, although it’s a shame the paths don’t extend into Bukit Bintang. Cyclists love to shop, too!

Now onto the pictures in strange reverse chronological order!



A unique photographer pose right there.

And then it suddenly started raining…

Grand Millennium Hotel Chandelier

Hey, it’s Petaling Street!

Took a quick jaunt through Central Market!

KL World Urban Forum Blue Bike Lane

Independent Beaches of Kedah

Sam Cycling Blog Pantai Merdeka Kedah

A popular cycling route in the northern Malaysian region is the trip to the beach of independence – Pantai Merdeka. This independent stretch of beach is a prominent spot along the Kedah coastline, right at the delta of the Muda River where it meets the sea.

Sam Cycling Blog Pantai Merdeka Kedah

Typically we begin from the R&R just past the toll gates of the Butterworth Outer Ring Road (BORR, as the local cyclists call it). It’s a straight ride up from the Butterworth Ferry Terminal.

Straight roads and paddy fields greet you most of the way. Sam Cycling Blog Pantai Merdeka Kedah

As expected of a sleepy coastal town, fishing is the go-to activity and thus the seafood is abundant. Mee Udang is a readily available dish, although I’m told the place we went to (a hill away from Pantai Merdeka) is the best.

Sam Cycling Blog Pantai Merdeka Kedah

And the best Mee Udang is actually at Pasir Salak, not Pantai Merdeka, although there is a stall at the food court there.

Pasir Salak is over a kilometre away from Pantai Merdeka, and is a little industrial zone with a little island (bemusingly named Leftover Island – Pulau Baki in Malay) just off the beach.

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Not letting sleeping cats lie.

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The road to Pantai Merdeka is fairly well marked out. However, there are a few alternate routes to reach the final stretch of beach, so definitely have a check beforehand.

Sam Cycling Blog Pantai Merdeka Kedah

Along the way to Pantai Merdeka, there is a prominent monument to the victims of the tsunami that hit the northern region back in 2004.

Sam Cycling Blog Pantai Merdeka Kedah

You can kind of make out the big stack of dinghies on the right.

Sam Cycling Blog Pantai Merdeka Kedah

And there’s that sign pointing the right way.

Sam Cycling Blog Pantai Merdeka Kedah

And now for lots of rider photos!

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The Green Green Grass of Balik Pulau

Balik Pulau Dawn Cycling

Let me begin by telling you what a chore it is hauling ass over to the other side of the island before the crack of dawn.

As a cyclist, I’m no stranger to waking up at some ungodly hour to hit the dark, damp dirt on my bike. However, having to load up the bikes and rev up the steep secluded hills along the windy Paya Terubong Road really takes the cake.

Balik Pulau Dawn Cycling

Of course it is entirely worth it – all to catch a glimpse of the tranquil paddy fields at dawn and the fluffy fog that caresses the green, restless earth.

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Of course, the company of jovial riders makes the journey much more enjoyable and memorable, albeit in a semi-conscious, sleep-deprived daze.

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We passed lots of interesting places, like these prawn farms, and goat farms which was strangely populated by numerous non-goats. Among them a mouse deer and an ostrich.

Oh, and lots and lots of cats.

Balik Pulau Dawn Cycling

I can haz cheezburger?

Balik Pulau Dawn Cycling

We crossed many bridges and irrigation rigs and water-filled passages and drains.

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And some residential plots. Balik Pulau Dawn Cycling

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And of course back to the green green grass of Balik Pulau.

Balik Pulau Dawn Cycling

The glorious dawn of nature. Witnessing it two days in a row really makes you think – why don’t I do this more often?

Because sleep. That’s what.

Balik Pulau Dawn Cycling

Dis is my bike now

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What do you hoomans take me for? Some rag doll plaything that you ca-oh yeah, scratch right there. Yeah, that’s the spot.

Download Your Relive Video

Relive Your Rides Like A Pro!

Relive Video Bikelah

Now I’m guessing you’ve been using the Strava app to map out your rides, and have recently discovered this super nifty feature known as Relive (Relive.cc, to be precise).

Relive has very cleverly tied themselves in with Strava, and once you sign up for the service this software will automatically (with the help of some code monkeys in the back) generate one of those ride videos like the ones you see on the Tour de France!

Tour de France video

Do note that all Relive videos have no audio. You’ll just have to get creative.

Here’s how you can download the source video so you can add audio and otherwise edit the video:

  1. Log your ride to Strava and wait for the Relive video to be created
  2. Next to the Relive video, right click anywhere and select “View Page Source”
    Relive Cycling Video Link
  3. You will be taken inside the Matrix to view the source code
    The Matrix Code
  4. In here, search for a URL link ending in “.mp4”

    Relive Cycling Video Link
    Welcome…to the desert of the real.
  5. Copy the entire link text
    Relive Cycling Video Link
  6. Paste the link into your browser tab and play it
  7. You can click the download button in the corner, or right click and select “Save video as…”
    Relive Cycling Video Link
  8. Voila!

 

You can now do with your Relive video whatever you please.

Do note that the copyright of the video may technically still belong to Relive.cc, so don’t go using it in any commercial setting without their permission.

​Happy riding!

Biking Around Bertam

Bikelah Bertam Kepala Batas Penang Cycling

Biking Across The Breezy Broad Fields of Bertam

Right before the destructive typhoon Damrey came through the north of Peninsular Malaysia, we took to the rural streets of Bertam and Kepala Batas on our bikes, in an effort to raise awareness for increasing the sustainability of our human exploits.

Bikelah Bertam Kepala Batas Penang Cycling

Bikelah Bertam Kepala Batas Penang Cycling
Almost expect lightning to come out and strike that tree

Overall not a tough ride: we started in Kepala Batas in the north of Penang state, and made our way westward towards the sea.

Bertam Ecoride Kepala Batas Cycling

A very leisurely and almost entirely flat ride (save a few flyovers and bridges).

Bikelah Bertam Kepala Batas Penang Cycling
Kuala Muda beach head
Bikelah Bertam Kepala Batas Penang Cycling
Is that…Penang Island in the distance?
Bikelah Bertam Kepala Batas Penang Lady Cyclist
Lady of the water

Bikelah Bertam Kepala Batas Penang Cycling

Bikelah Bertam Kepala Batas Penang Cycling
Storm is coming

And here’s more biking action with musical accompaniment!

Touring With The VIPs Across Kampar


Kampar Tour de VIP Sam Shee

Why all the extra long bikes, you say? These are tandem bicycles, for two people to ride! And we’re here to set some records in the Tour de VIP, right here in Kampar, Perak!

Led by some of the most seasoned and solemn local marshalls this part of the world has ever seen!

Kampar Tour de VIP Sam Shee

Kampar Tour de VIP Sam Shee

I guess they can be a bit goofy sometimes.

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The arrival
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From the tallest hotel in Kampar

Kampar Tour de VIP Sam Shee

Kampar Tour de VIP Sam Shee
Briefing time
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Tandem bike check

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We had some time to kill, so we decided to take a look around the town of Kampar. Turns out they’re famous for their lakes – they are literally covered in tonnes of them!

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The immense lakes of Kampar

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Kampar Tour de VIP Sam Shee
Gazing out across the cyan shoals
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Cameraman hard at work

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And they’ve got little fishies in them, too!

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And of course, it wouldn’t be quite right without some crazy shenanigans.

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Kampar has some lovely cafes and eateries, all within walking distance of the Grand Kampar Hotel.

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Not the best way to carry a cat

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Time for a smothering!

Before we knew it, it was the morning of the event. Nice and early, as usual.

Have to get in an early breakfast and get our gear ready before the sun even peeks its head up.

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We’re awake…we’re awake
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Everybody squeeze in!
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What’s that in the distance?
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Last minute recap
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You need a bike, mate?
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Ready for takeoff!
Kampar Tour de VIP Sam Shee
And awaaay we go!

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Kampar Tour de VIP Sam Shee
Man aboard!

Kampar Tour de VIP Sam Shee

Tour de VIP Kampar Random Tandem Cycling

Tour de VIP Kampar Random Tandem Cycling
The happy marshalls that are both safety and morale boosters!
Tour de VIP Kampar Random Tandem Cycling
Marshalls – assemble!
Tour de VIP Kampar Random Tandem Cycling
I could do with a Mentos right now

Tour de VIP Kampar Random Tandem Cycling

Tour de VIP Kampar Random Tandem Cycling
Feeling that sun

Tour de VIP Kampar Random Tandem Cycling

Tour de VIP Kampar Random Tandem Cycling

Tour de VIP Kampar Random Tandem Cycling
Say hello to the KL tandem riders!

Tour de VIP Kampar Random Tandem Cycling

Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling

Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling

Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling
The joy of arriving at a rest stop!

Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling

Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling
Tandem in action!

Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling

Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling

Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling
The medics working their magic
Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling
A quick scolding. Just kidding, he’s a pretty cool guy
Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling
Two guiding hands

Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling

Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling
You take water, no photos!

Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling

Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling
Beep beep!
Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling
The jolly marshalls
Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling
Takes a lady’s touch to appease them

Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling

Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling

Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling
The shy kids from the hood
Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling Ninja
Ninja rider caught on camera
Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling
Flying with ease
Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling Cow
Mmmmove it, punk!
Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling
Upon the big tree
Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling
Fellow peloton riders!
Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling
Over the flyover!
Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling
Last rest stop

Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling

Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling

Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling
Dedicated water bearers are a life saver
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Ready
Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling
Set go!

Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling

Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling

Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling

Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling

Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling

Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling
Walk that heat off!
Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling
Quick regroup
Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling
Power boost!
Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling
Boost into the sky!
Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling
It’s Larry!

Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling

Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling
The final rest stop
Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling
That’s quite the bumper sticker
Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling
Say cheese, ladies!
Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling Nadrah
The ever-smiling Dr. Nadrah

Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling

Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling
Testing the tandem
Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling
The boys are ready to roll!
Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling
Zombie approaching!

Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling

Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling
The man on the motorbike
Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling
Taking all the shade we can get
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The amazing hills and skies of Perak

Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling

 

Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling
Say hi to Kumar!
Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling
Mmm…ice. So close yet so far
Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling
The final leg

Tour de VIP Kampar Tandem Cycling

Kampar Tour de VIP Cycling
Arriving home

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Kampar Tour de VIP Cycling
Brothers in arms and wheels
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Cool as ice, yo
Kampar Tour de VIP Cycling
The Grand Kampar Hotel rewards richly

Kampar Tour de VIP Cycling

Kampar Tour de VIP Cycling

Kampar Tour de VIP Cycling
The happy masses

Kampar Tour de VIP Cycling

Kampar Tour de VIP Cycling

Kampar Tour de VIP Cycling
Yes! We did it! Now can we go back to sleep?

Kampar Tour de VIP Cycling

Kampar Tour de VIP Cycling

Kampar Tour de VIP Cycling

Kampar Tour de VIP Cycling

Kampar Tour de VIP Cycling
Champion marshall
Kampar Tour de VIP Cycling
Happy record breaker
Kampar Tour de VIP Cycling
Time to go home, boys!

Kampar Tour de VIP Cycling

Kampar Tour de VIP Cycling

Kampar Tour de VIP Cycling

Kampar Tour de VIP Cycling

Kampar Tour de VIP Cycling

Kampar Tour de VIP Cycling

And here’s a wacky video of it all:

VIPs On Wheels

Do you know what the trending use for the acronym VIP is around here? It stands for Visually Impaired Person.

Not that they aren’t important, of course.

Here are some snapshots of these VIPs out and about on two wheels:

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Garden of St Nicholas
In the gardens of St Nicholas Home

Garden of St Nicholas

Garden of St Nicholas
It stares back
Garden of St Nicholas
What’s that hiding there?

Riding To Bagan Serai

To Bagan Serai & Beyond

Penang Permatang Tinggi Church Cycling

In September of 2017, we decided to explore the townships of Bagan Serai and Kuala Kurau in the northern Perak region.

We started off in Penang, from the Butterworth ferry terminal, and made our way south along the old trunk road.

Bagan Serai Cycling Sam Travels Map
Woooah, straight down!

You end up passing a lot of little towns and palm plantations.
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The roads were straight and the traffic low, and the locals probably weren’t as accustomed to hordes of cyclists passing through.

Bagan Serai Malaysia Cycling

Bagan Serai Malaysia CyclingAnd this is where my back tire went flat.

I hobbled my way to the nearest hardware store; thankfully this town appeared well accustomed to servicing passing vehicles. However, these vehicles tended to be of the larger variety, so I had to MacGuyver together some tube levers and a patch from keys and some decent duct tape.

Fortunately, the hardware store had a powerful pump and soon I was off on my merry way.

Bagan Serai Malaysia Cycling

Bagan Serai is a relatively simple town that I suppose is known for food, apart from being a hub town for the surrounding area.

Nothing much to see there, really. Lots of shops though.

After Bagan Serai, it’s a quick 15km jaunt over to the coastal town of Kuala Kurau.
Kuala Kurau Malaysia Cycling
Kuala Kurau Malaysia Cycling

Now Kuala Kurau is much more interesting.

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Kuala Kurau is a bustling little port town by the sea, with some quaint little bridges spanning the delta.

It appears to be a town with some history – old, weather-worn buildings; typical salty fishing shacks; new, stone temples and bungalows.


Kuala Kurau Malaysia Cycling

And just out of town was where our true destination lay: My Homestay 21.

Located literally in the middle of a palm plantation, deep in Kampung Lian Seng, is a large expanse of pomelo orchards and sturdy houses with a thriving Chinese population.

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So we came along to feast on the pomelos, but stayed around to support (morally) the kind medical doctors that were there to offer free medical check-ups to the local residents.

Kualau Kurau Palm Perak Malaysia Cycling Adventure
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