*I haven’t been a young man for a long time now.

I could probably satisfy Rule 2 of the Cycling Life Challenge just through purchases of consumables for my bike.  I always need inner tubes.  Tires and chains less often.  Tire wear is obvious to the eye.  Measuring chain wear requires a chain checker.

“I learned the hard way” tip

Replace your chain when it shows 0.75% wear.  Riding with a worn chain wears the away the teeth on your cassette and chainrings.

Diagram courtesy of

Once the teeth on your cassette and/or chainrings look like shark’s teeth, you’ll need to replace them.  Which is waay more expensive than replacing the chain before it starts to damage your cassette and chainrings.

You can guess that I was at my local bike shop yesterday to buy a new chain.  Rule 2 satisfied for this ride.

This afternoon my new chain and I did a couple of loops on the Shah Alam Expressway (KESAS).  Like the Guthrie Corridor Expressway (GCE – we love our acronyms), where we do our 5.00am rides, KESAS has a motorcycle lane which is separate from the roadway.  The six-lane expressway is to the right of the bushes.

Living where I do, I have a 10km ride along the Maju Expressway (MEX) to get to Bukit Jalil, where KESAS starts.  MEX doesn’t have a motorcycle lane.  It does have, for the most part, a reasonable road shoulder.  The shoulder shrinks to 1 metre wide in a few places but is usually 2 to 3 metres wide.  Enough for me not to feel threatened by the passing vehicles.

You can ride west on the KESAS motorcycle lane for about 35km before the lane ends and you have to turn around.  Today I did two shorter loops.  I turned around at Bandar Sunway, which is 12.5km from Bukit Jalil.

Bandar Sunway is one of the many suburbs surrounding Kuala Lumpur.

In amongst the high rises is an Indian temple.  This is the roof of the temple as seen from the elevated motorcycle path.

The motorcycle lane is very pleasant to ride along.  The bushes shielding the motorcycle lane from the expressway have these pretty flowers

By the time I was back at Bukit Jalil, having completed one loop, the evening rush hour had started.  I was glad not to be in a car.

I made a little detour off KESAS and into Bandar Sunway to take a photograph of a name you Aussies will recognize.

Then it was back to MEX and home.


8 response to "CLC 2018 RIDE #7: GO WEST MAMIL*"

  1. By: Seasidejanet Posted: March 22, 2018

    I’m really enjoying your rides and seeing a little of a place I have had a connection with since 1985…..that was the year I became a Hasher. Are you familiar with Hash House Harriers? They started in Kuala Lumpur in 1938. I have hashed in several cities but never the “mother country”. If you’re not a Hasher here’s some history…if you are On On!

    • By: Alchemyrider Posted: March 22, 2018

      Hi Janet. I have run with the Mother Hash, which in the tradition of 1938, is a men’s only run. I’ve also run with some of the other Hash House Harrier groups in Kuala Lumpur (KL).

      Many years ago though. I was a sprinter in school, so anything longer than 800 metres is hard work.

      You’ll have to visit KL for the 80th anniversary run!

      • By: Seasidejanet Posted: March 23, 2018

        Cool…the Mother Hash. I hashed with SFH3 -San Francisco is my home. But really haven’t run one in several years. There is of course one here in Monterey and I see them out now and then. They are all much younger! Always great fun!!

  2. By: Scooter Posted: March 22, 2018

    This is really great. I have to say, it never occurred to me to visit Kuala Lumpur, much less with a bicycle. You’re starting to whet my curiosity. Keep ‘em coming!

  3. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: March 23, 2018

    I have “Hashed” in Sydney and the Huon Valley, Tasmania but sadly the knees allow Hashing no longer. The most memorable run was set through Sydney’s Kings Cross including “On On” through a brothel. Ah … memories.

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: March 24, 2018

    Loved the ride and seeing the infrastructure. I camped next to a bunch of Hashers when I first came to Oz. Running and partying – I thought it sounded good… if only it could have been done on a bike. I don’t run unless I’m very, very scared! The accountant at work is from Kuala Lumpur, so it is nice to see shots from her ‘home town’, too. Certainly didn’t know Monash Uni had an outpost there. Hope the new chain ran nice and smooooooth. Emily

    • By: Alchemyrider Posted: March 24, 2018

      The new chain is smooth and quiet. Bliss!

      I’ll post more city photos next time. I might have an urban ride tomorrow. Although I might opt for another KESAS ride. I would rather not drive to a bike ride if I can help it. Which isn’t often, so when I can help it . . .

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