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Bandung Mentawai RideNFly




A friend called me the other day, right before Isya. he asked me to go to Mentawai. Which is one of my few dream destinations. It’s not really that far but who hasn’t heard about Mentawai. It’s an island located in the Western part of Sumatra, with its traditional Mentawai tribe inhabitants. Which some may still have animism as their belief. With a canoe-like boat as their method of transportation. One of the most beautiful beach in the world where you can surf, snorkel dan even fishing. Wit its white sandy beach.
More than half of its animal population are endemic. Such as Joja or Mentawai Langur (Presbitys Potenziano), which is a unique species of apes, where they either live in pairs or in a more complex harem group.
Another one is Bokkoi or Kloss Gibbon (Hylobates Klossii) the most primitive kind of gibbons which ironically has a nice voice…or noise, more likely.
With its short and stubby nose and a pig-like tail and two colored body, the Simakebu or Snubnosed Langur (Simias Concolor) is a fast-growing kind of ape.
The event itself is a training for 40 of Mentawaian students who are aspiring to be travel guides. It is an event held by both Mentawai Tourism Board and one of Bandung’s School of Hospitality.
They took this event seriously, not only from the Tourism Board, the Regent himself came all the way to Bandung. They determine to make full use of its tourism instead of only relying in its oil palm produce.
Where do i come in in the picture? My background is in architecture, particylarly home and resort designing. And running of course.
We were planning on staying for a week. The training itself only went for 3 days. we spent most of the early days on travelling. And it should be noted that Mentawai doesn’t only offer pretty waves to be surfed on. Mentawai isn’t only about the traditional people.
We departed by the start of June. My 2 lecturer friends went on a Jakarta-Padang roadtrip for two days because they didn’t want to spend a lot of time in Padang.
As for myself, i’ve been planning to go Bike-Fly-Bike for this trip. I don’t know what the correct term yet, but i’ll keep using it for now.
I bike daily so i’m getting pretty used to it by now so it wasn’t that hard for me to bike all the way from home to the airport. I went for a Bandung-padang flight. I didn’t bring a lot of stuff because i wanted to stay fuss-free during this trip. I used a light daypack. I also didn’t use any bigger bags like that of a pannier. While with Pannier you can store them on the small storage by the wheels. I use a 12 l of daypack.
Unlike what i usually do, where i only pack a couple of short and jerseys for a 7 days biking, i also brought along a trouser and short sleeved shirt while still leaving enough space in the daypack for my gadgets.
I biked from home to the airport and then continued from Padang airport to…pretty much anywhere we were going.
One of the perks of going on a bike is that no traffic will ever be a problem for you. Not to mention it was only 7 km from my house to Bandung airport. So i didn;t have to wake up too early for my flight.
It only took me about 30 minutes to get to the airport. I have an hour to pack up my bike with a wrapping plastic before my flight for me to put into the baggage. I used wrappingplastic because it’s inexpensive and practical. Plus it’s available in every airports. I walk my bike when i’m in the airport. Just make sure to the security person that you will put them in the baggage later. Dismantle the two wheels and then deflate them because their policy doesn’t allow anyone to store inflated things up in the air. And then the two wheels are ready to be wrapped. And then the frames were also wrapped separately. I didn’t take out anything else other than those wheels, except for my camera stand.
My biking days are filled with documented videos and photos. Be it Bandung city views or its more less visited corners.I just rasfered it to my smartphone and then upload them.
I walked my bike all the way to security check while still making sure that the wheels are going to wrapped and put in the bagage. Thankfully they gave me no trouble at all. They even helped me putting it into the baggage, so helpful.
My 48 sized roadbike cost about under Rp. 5.000.000, i wasn’t worry about it. Would’ve been a whole different problem if it cost a whole lot more.
It’s actually safer with a pastic wrap compared to when you use it in a bike box. where people would mistake it for any other box and treat it with no care otherwise.
The wrapping plactic is divided into two, for the complete frame and then the 2 wheels is being wrapped as one. The wrapper is pretty handy when they did it, carefully packig all of the parts and then sealed it with a masking tape.
It only cost about Rp. 100.000 for both wrappings and only weighed about 11,7 kg which is under Lion Air’s 20 kg limit.
Lion Air and Express Air doesn’t charge any extra baggage for the bike, they considered it as the baggage. Garuda wouldn’t even charge us for any sporting equipments. Bikes included of course. Whereas Air Asia would charge us for extra.
With online reservation it went like:
-Domestic for up to 15 kg: Rp. 135.000
-Domestic for up to 20 kg: Rp. 150.000
Domestic for up to 25 kg: Rp. 180.000
Domestic for up to 30 kg: Rp. 240.000
Domestic for up to40 kg: Rp. 390.000
While it would cost more at the airport counter. It’s Rp. 300.000 for up to 15 kg.
The general requirments for you to store your bike in the baggage is:
-1 bike per person
-The bar is positioned along with the frame.
-The pedals need to be dismantle and then wrapped.
-Same goes with the gears.
-The tires need to be deflated.
-Take off the mudguards and then wrap it.
-The pumps, water bottle and other small stuf need to be safely put on the frame.
Not that hard right?
I’ve googled about Sumatran islands way before i went on this trip. We’ve had numerous events in Java, trail runnings in particular.
We’ve only been to Kerinci in Sumatra for these kinds of events. Which is one of the 7 mountain tops in Indonesia. Who knows, in the future Mentawai would be famous not only for its beach destination, but also for the nature trail run.
Alhamdulillah, it didn;t take us too long for finally boarding.
A friend remined me to take up the seat near the window so that i gaze upon the small islands when we land.
But as usual, i forgot to take the seat near the emergency door exit. Thankfully the seats weren’t full so i can just change seat to whichever one i wanted. Alhamdulillah.
We landed before mid day.
I told everyone i was going to bike from the airport so noone needed to pick me up. It didn’t take me long to fetch my bike from the conveyor belt and inflated the tires back on the spot. It was quite a spectacle to say the least. Before you knew it, i was already on my way from the airport. Don’t forget to throw all of the wrappings in the trash bins.
The second day, on Tuesday morning, we were already ready in the dock. My friends got dropped of by car, while i of course, biked all the way. It was only 2 km from the hotel to the dock. Easy peasy. We had lontong sayur Padang for breakfast, which is a tasty local delicacy of rice cake and vegetable curry.
We got in the boat at 7. I stored my bike on the upper deck and then tied it to be safe.
The boat ride cost about Rp. 250.000 per person. The Mentawai Fast boat could fit in about 200 passengers. And goes for 50 km/h. Pretty fast that it only took us 6.5 hour to go from Siberut-Mentawai. WIth a 2 hour stop at Sikabaluan, Mentawai.
The waves were gentle. Can’t wait to see a real wave, the ones in southern part of Siberut, which many considered as the prettiest. As well in Roniki Island, Karangmajat, Mosokut, SIbege, SIbarubaru dan some other places.
The waves are also sort of uniquely named. Waves like Ombak Ular Left, Ombak Tikus Left, Beach Break Left & Right, and Bang Bang Left, etc.
The Mentawai Fast boat was pretty clean. And most importantly all of the rooms are non smoking rooms. Alhamdulillah.Since i quit 20 years ago, i’ve grown no tolerance for cigarette smokes. I’d have asthma even when i inhale them.
Mentawai Fast doesn’t allow any passenger to go to the upper deck. The deck is opened, except for the one in the far back which has a roof but is opened on the side.
Which is suitable for them who can’t go on a day without smoking, Or those who has sea sick. Fortunately the other decks are comfortably air conditioned.
From the Muara Padang deck we took a short stop at SIkabaluan, Mentawai. We waited for 2 hrs for the passengers from here.
It tool 1,5 hrs from Sikabaluan-Muara Siberut.
The waves were still gentle, not unlike those of river, eventough it’s already in the sea. The weather was typical island hot.
The Mentawai island is surrounded by tropical rain forests. From the primary forest, mixed primary forest, to the swamp forest. Each islands with its own flora.
Mentawai is the traditional life of its inhabintans. Also has the oldest tattoo tradition in the world. I am especially interested in their plan of only relying on its tourism and not on its palm oil export anymore. I instantly said yes when the offered to take a sight-seeing trip. 
For them to compeletely maximize the tourism they need to fix their infra-structure elements first. The road needs to be well travelled, same goes with the road lights and electricity throughout the island.
As of today the only communication access is only available in the island’s capital region, Sipora Island, on the Southern part of Siberut Island, the biggest island in Mentawai.
Some location in Siberut are already facilitated with communication access.
As for the road, it was indecent to say the least. The concrete were holed and many were damaged and the road could only fit 2 cars from the opposite directions. The rest could only fit for 2 wheeled vehicles.
But a lot can be done to set itself as the cleanest tourism destination while waiting for them to fis the infra-structure elements. Clean and Bike-friendly Mentawai could be the main tourism destination in the country. Not to mention with many of its beach focused events, like surfing, running and biking.

So that’s it from me. See you at another RideNFly, in Malino, Bira Beach South Sulawesi.
With Pannier in the back on each sides of course.
See you then.


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Not only does it run smoothly in the middle of traffic, it’s also pretty much boundless. Even motorcycle could be troubled by some neighbourhood portals. The only obstacle you could have is when you have a flat tire. And even then you can just walk it without having to face too much pity looks from people.


Gone are the days of having to worry you left your license an registrations or having to queue in a long line for gas. It’s also unquestionably healthier, you’re doing the environment a favor by cutting back on pollution. And that is one of the things that make cycling cool.

VIRB Picture

My daily activities involve a lot of moving around, walking, running, you name it. I only drive once in a little while, when i really have to.


Not that i dont like it, and not because i can’t. I’m pretty badass at driving. Just that the traffic’s been a pain in the behind, even more so lately, it takes away all the fun and thrill of driving. It’s just not worth it anymore.

If i may add, whether you’re running or cycling, it would be much more fun if you also take pictures along the way. Be it the sceneries, corners of the town or even some selfies.

But if you’re really into cycling or interested on trying and also happen to have the budget, Garmin Virb could be the right choice. It ranges about 4-5 Mio, with an extra 1-5 mio you could get some more than decent camera. Trust me, it’s worth it.


My bike is about 4,7 mio, but i’m lucky enough to endorsed for it, thanks Kang :). It’s a Polygon, flatbar road bike 50 in size, Helios F1.

I have no plans on upgrading it just yet, unless for maintining purposes, such as lamps, pumps etc.

You can just stick a camera on the helmet and you’re ready to capture some moments of your trips. Not only manually, but we can set it in advance, we can even set it with the Time Laps feature. So you don’t have to be connected to any desktops.


You can even pair it with smartphones and other gadgets, i did mine on a Fenix2. I could control it with Fenix2.


I could even use my smartphone as the Virb’s viewfinder.


it stays on for 3 straight hour. You can bring some powerbank along with you if you think that’s not long enough. Did i mention that it’s waterproof? It could go down to 50m under.

Ok that’s it from me i guess, see you guys

again later. Have a great Monday.



Tak hanya melaju lancar ditengah kemacetan kota. Tapi juga hampir selalu tak ada rintangan. Motor saja takluk oleh portal.

Saat tak diharapkan ada gangguan, ban kempes/ bocor, selalunya bisa diatasi seketika. Ataupun jika karena satu dan lain hal harus didorong, tak begitu membuat orang lain yang  melihatnya merasa iba.

Tak pusing dengan ‘ketinggalan’ surat- surat kendaraan atau ijin mengemudi, tak kesal dengan antrian di spbu.

Jangan lagi ditanya soal lebih sehatnya, andil dalam mengurangi polusi. Dan banyak lagi. Tak boleh ketinggalan disebut, tampil lebih keren.

Bukan karena merek dan harganya, tapi karena bersepedanya.

Aktifitas saya sehari- hari berurusan banyak dengan bergerak. Jalan, lari, ber ‘angkot’, berkendaraan umum. Sekali- sekali, jika harus, walau selalunya saya hindari,   stir mobil sendiri.

Bukan tak suka. Sampai detik ini saya masih suka dan bisa memacu cepat mobil. Dan yakin masih lincah bermanufer.

Urusan mobil, saya agak- agak lumayan lah. Jika tak dikatakan ‘bisaan euy’ .

Saya bisa mudah dan lincah bermanufer saat parkir. Baik parkir satu baris ditengah- tengah diantara dua mobil. Dengan ruang yang pas.

Atau jika harus melaju mundur. Saya bisa mengemudi lurus mundur berkilo- kilo dengan kecepatan maksimum mundur. Di trek lurus maupun berkelok- kelok.

Soal ngebut? Jangankan saya, Bapak, jika bukan karena larangan yang disebabkan gangguan jantungnya, di tikungan- tikungan Alas Roban, puncak pas, tiga kendaraan didepan disikat dengan sekali injakan pedal gas. Diijalan jalan tol? Ya apalagi.

Urusan rambu- rambu lalulintas? Ijin mengemudi saya dapatkan melalui test teori dan praktek.

Sampai- sampai Ibu- Ibu, Bapak- Bapak polisinya manyun. Yang mereka pikir barangkali,”Ni orang kalo ga  pelit- pelit amat, ya kere. Koq ya mau repot- repot ikut test segala”.

Kemacetan yang semakin menggila dimana- mana tak lagi mengasyikan untuk stir kendaraan sendiri.

Merasa bodoh jika harus gas rem gas rem setiap sekian detik.  Merasa lebih bodoh lagi dengan  mobil bertransmisi manual. Gas kopling rem, gas kopling rem. Amit- amit.

Asyik- asyik dan ga asyik- asyiknya berkendaraan, apapun, sudah cukuplah ya.

Saya mau tambahkan.

Berlari atau kali ini temanya bersepeda, lebih mengasyikan lagi dengan ambil- ambil foto diantaranya.

Entah pemandangan, entah suasana dibeberapa pojokan kota. Selfiepun tak masalah.

Dengan smartphone yang hampir dari kita semua punya tentunya cukup.

Tapi jika, sekali lagi jika, punya anggaran untuk sepeda seharga lebih dari anggaran satu action camera. Semisal Garmin Virb, layak jadi pilihan.

Dikisaran harga 4-5an juta, dengan tambahan 1-5 jutaan lagi, jadi total antara 5 sampai 10 juta, kita sudah bisa gowes beraction camera.

Percayalah, asyik- asyiknya melampaui asyik- asyiknya ‘gowes tok’ beranggaran jauh diatasnya.

sepeda saya, ( beruntung ada yang memfasilitasi, terimakasih Kang 🙂 , berharga 4,7an juta. Polygon, road bike( flatbar) berukuran 50, Helios F1.

saya niatkan untuk tak akan saya tambah atau tingkatkan, kecuali yang memang harus. Semisal lampu, pengaman dan pompa.

Ditempel dengan dudukan berlem kuat( bawaan asli virb), atau dipasang di stang dengan bracket khususnya, atau pada helmetstrap, virb siap mengabadikan laju- laju gowes kita. Atau apapun lainnya.

Video atau foto.

Tak hanya secara manual, tapi bisa dengan interval yang sebelumnya kita setting. Dengan waktu- waktu tertentu. Yang sekaligus adalah fitur time lapsnya. Jadi tak lagi kudu di oprek di desktop.

Bahkan bisa dipasangkan dengan smartphone dan gadget lain, semisal jam bergps. Pada saya adalah Fenix2.

Play/ pause/stop bisa dilakukan di fenix2 saya.

Saat tangan bebas. Berhenti misalnya, dengan sang action camera tetap bertengger di helm sepeda, saya bisa jadikan smartphone saya sebagai  viewfinder sang  virb.

Saya bisa melihat apapun yg dilhat sang virb, dilayar smartphone saya.

Begitu juga dengan play/ pause/ stop dan setting virbnya.

Canggih ya? Iya lah 🙂 .

Berbattery tahan 3an jam, jangan- jangan penggowesnya yang kalah kuat 😉 .

Dirasa kurang? Powerbank berkapasitas belasan ribu miliampere seharga ratus ribu sudah cukup untuk suplai tenaga tak hanya untuk virb kita, tapi juga fenix2 dan smartphone saya sekaligus.

Tak khawatir kehujanan, action camera kita ini tahan air sampai kedalaman 50 meter.

Tanpa casing khusus.

Apalagi ya?

Kapan- kapan saya sambung lagi. Ok?

Terimakasih garmin indonesia , eiger adventure dan siapapun yang telah mendukung lari-lari, gowes- gowes dan video- video/ berfoto- foto saya.

Selamat siang, selamat hari senin.

Salam lari dan gowes 🙂


Hak sebagian gambar ada pada dan Kang Vincent

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Saya Dan Sepeda


Selain berlari,sudah lama saya menyukai sepeda. Bahkan jauh sebelum suka lari.

Sejak usia kuliah, sepeda tak hanya saya sukai tapi bagi saya koq tampil smart ya. Keren sudah pasti.

Terkesan ‘melek’  lingkungan. Dan ‘melek’ kesehatan.

Saat smp adalah saat saya gunakan sepeda sebagai transportasi. Rumah- sekolah, rumah- sekolah.

Sma sudah tidak lagi.

Kuliah kembali saya bersepeda. Mobil sendiri? Saya sengaja tak buat sim agar saya tak tergoda untuk membelinya. Yang termurah, terbutut sekalipun.

Beruntung, ternyata memang uang sayapun tak pernah cukup untuk itu 😛 .

7, ya tujuh buah sepeda pernah saya miliki ditahun- tahun awal kuliah.

Tunggu dulu, tujuh sepeda saya ini bukan sepeda- sepeda kinclong berharga setara belas, puluh juta sekarang.

Tapi setara seratus- duaratus ribu rupiah masa kini.

Itupun bukan beli tapi hasil memulung di beberapa tempat buangan barang- barang rumah- tangga.

Harga barunya tak lebih dari 1 jutaan nilai sekarang.

Sepeda- sepeda biasa.

Saya sampai punya daftar jadwal ‘buangan’ area/ lokasi mana saja sekota  tempat saya tinggal.

Tak sombong sayapun suka ‘membuang’.

Bedanya, seringkali buangan mereka- mereka rusaknya tak banyak. . Oprek- oprek sedikit, kembali lagi berfungsi.

Sementara buangan saya, lebih banyak rusaknya daripada masih baiknya.

Terkadang dalam hitungan belas menit,barang buangan tetangga  sebelah. ya persis sebelah saya sudah menjadi penghuni baru rumah sewaan saya.

Sedikit ganti kabel rem atau sambung rantai yang putus sepeda- sepeda banyak tadi sudah siap saya jual ke teman- teman kuliah atau tetangga seharga senilai tadi. Apalagi jika mau sedikit repot, semprot warna- warna pastel atau mat, setara 50an ribu rupiah lagi siap saya  kantongi.

Bernilai ekonomis dan menghibur 😉

Setelah dengan tak terlalu serius  tahunan menabung saya berhasil memiliki sepeda idaman. Walau belum seutuhnya. Maksudnya memiliki sebagian dari sepeda idaman saya. Framenya saja. Asli buatan Itali. Dengan ukuran yang sesuai dengan tinggi badan, selangkangan, jangkauan tangan dan ukuran- ukuran lainnya saya.

Road bike. Berwarna merah. Merah sekali. Dengan Seat Tube( batangan vertical persis dibawah sadel) yang tergunting, karena jarak roda( kelak jika sudah bertambah lagi pangkatnya) yang lebih dekat. Peruntukan Time Trial. Triathlon. Kereen.

Lamunan saya naik pangkat. Dari yang semula hanya pandangan yang berulang- ulang pada katalog, kini pada sebuah sep eh frame. Frame sepeda yang sebenarnya.

Frame yang bisa saya sentuh. Bahkan dibawa tidur.

Tak lagi saya harus menanggung malu karena keseringan melihat- melihat tanpa beli.

Beruntung penjaga- penjaga toko sepedanya ramah( atau mungkin kasihan kepada saya?).

Beruntung juga mereka tak kenal ungkapan dari trayek angkot di Bandung,  ” Sukajadi – Kiaracondong, liat- liat dari tadi, beli dong!”

Lebih ramah lagi tentunya setelah akhirnya ada sesuatu yang saya beli.

Saya yakin mereka bernafas lega. Akhirnyaaaa

Cukup lama sampai terbeli lagi bagian- bagian  lainnya. Groupset. Shimano 105 adalah juga groupset idaman saya.

Hub depan belakang( as roda), jari- jari, rim(velg), ban, sadel, stang dan bagian- bagian kecil lainnya pun menyusul.


Semua saya beli di toko sepeda yang sama, tempat saya melihat- lihat dalam keabadian. Tempat dimana saya akhirnya membeli bagian pertama sepeda idaman saya.

Tak selalu lebih murah dari toko- toko lain. Tapi tak etis melihat- lihatnya disini, belinya koq disana. Ya kan?

Setiap hari, dari berangkat pagi sampai pulang sore. Terkadang malam. Tak terputus saya bersepeda.

Tak tercampur dengan transportasi lain. Kecuali darurat, yang sepeda bisa saya masukan kedalamnya.

Banyak tahun berselang. Bersepeda lagi saat saya banyak di Bsd dan Bintaro. Relatif dekat. Beberapa bulan.

dari pagi puku;l 9 sampai menjelang magrib.

Sepeda pinjaman.

Bsd- Karawang adalah pengalaman bersepeda terjauh saya.

Sudah lama sekali.

Beberapa hari belakangan  saya agak menginginkan bersepeda. Bukan sepedanya, tapi sebagai pengganti transportasi saya sehari- hari.

Selama ini saya nyaman- nyaman saya berangkot. Kecuali jika ada yang merokok, dan jika terburu- buru, macet- macet kotanya.

Jadi kali ini disamping penyebab pertamanya adalah sebagai transportasi hari- hari, bukan hanya digunakan diakhir minggu. Sebenarnya dari senin sampai jumat. Dan bisa jadi sabtu dan minggu juga.

Ada satu hal lagi.

Yang sudah- sudah seperti juga barangkali Anda, saya suka segala yang serba baik, indah, keren. Dan biasanya mahal.

Kali ini ada tantangan yang lebih menggoda.

Jika ya saya putuskan untuk punya sepeda. Maka akan bermerk lokal, semurah mungkin, standar, tak akan saya ganti atau tambah apa- apa kecuali karena rusak atau yang memang harus. Semisal helm, lampu jika belum ada. Pedal tetap akan saya pakai yang bukan clet misalnya. Sepatupun demikian. Harus bisa hanya pakai sepatu lari saya.

Bahkan kostum sepedanyapun akan saya pakai kostum lari saya 😛

Pucuk Dicinta Sepeda Nyamperin.

Tak mimpi tak berfirasat, tiba- tiba ada yang menawari saya untuk memakai sepeda.

Road bike, Lokal. murah, standar.

Koq ya klop semua ya.

Alhamdullillah( lagi).

Jadi…yuk gowes….

Tak hanya diakhir pekan, tapi juga sebagai pengganti sebagian transportasi. Jika mungkin setiap hari.

Terimakasih tak terhingga kepada yang memakaikan saya  sepeda 🙂

Bandung, Maret 2015.