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Bicycling Malaysia

A selection of cycling related articles in WILDBORNEO.net. These include travelogues, guides and tips that have been written on cycling in Malaysia.

Batu Dam Trails

Batu Dam Offroad Trails by Joe Adnan (9/5/2002). The forested area surrounding the Batu Dam contains scenic singletrack trails that wind along the Batu Lake shore and into the surrounding hills. These trails, which are 100% singletrack, are excellent: beautiful scenery, fast and swoopy descents, and sufficiently challenging climbs. Though not as technically demanding as Bukit Kiara, these trails are nevertheless highly enjoyable. The shaded lakeshore singletrack is incomparably scenic. The trails cross several streams, all of which are crystal clear, offering opportunities for cool dips at convenient intervals. The ascent into the hills will take you past serene bamboo groves and into secondary and rejuvenated jungle. The descents are fast - smooth and sinuous, like Boner in Bukit Kiara, only much longer. Batu Dam is one of the best riding areas near KL. If you are a visitor to KL and only have a day to ride, this trail would be it, as it effectively conveys the essence of mountain biking in the tropical jungle. » More

Bukit Kiara Trails

Bukit Kiara Offroad Trails by Joe Adnan (9/10/2002). The trails of Kiara have attained a somewhat exalted status among the mountain biking cognoscenti in KL. But let's have a little perspective, North Shore it ain't. Nevertheless, within the comfortable confines of our very own tempurung, Bukit Kiara is da bomb. The trails comprise mainly of singletrack. Technical singletrack. Well, as technical as it gets without 7 inches of suspension and 5 kgs of body armour, that is. » More

Cycle Touring

Cycle Touring Malaysia by Joe Adnan (6/13/2002). Touring Malaysia on bicycles may at first appear to be a foolhardy proposition: the trunk roads are death traps for slow-moving two-wheelers, being infested with drivers whose disregard for traffic rules are matched only by their apparent predilection for chaos. But yet the more orderly expressways are off-limits to bicycles. In addition, the equatorial heat can be oppressive at best, and dangerous at worst. But a careful selection of routes can reap unexpected rewards. Our route took us 800 kilometres in 8 days. The philosophy of the trip was always to take the road less travelled, even if it meant a more undulating route or longer distance. From Kuala Lumpur, we crossed the Main Range twice in a large, inverted "C" and ended the journey in Penang. » More

Ulu Langat

Cycling Ulu Langat by Reza Azmi (4/29/2002). One of the favourite getaways for KL'ites can be found right on their doorstep, in an area famous for its durians and scenic roads. It is a regular escape for me at weekends, and not often explored without my bike. For cyclists, Ulu Langat is popular as it appeals to both the "roadies", eager to speed, and "off-roaders", seeking hair-raising thrills. The roads are quiet, and along with the varied terrain, makes it an interesting destination for weekend cycling. However, the charm of Ulu Langat is fully appreciated at a slow pace, where there are many pleasurable moments to be gained » More

Kg Pusu Trails

Kg Pusu Offroad Trails by Joe Adnan (9/10/2002). Kampung Sungai Pusu provides access to the jungle trails in the Hulu Gombak Forest Reserve. The trails pass through lowland and hill forests. Some of the trails will take you into the Klang Gates water catchment area, and ultimately to the lake itself. There are two areas that will be dealt with separately, the trails south-east of Kg Sg Pusu, and those heading north and north-west of the village. » More

Sg Dua Trails

Sg Dua Offroad Trails by Joe Adnan (9/5/2002). Kampung Sungai Dua is located in Pahang, near the town of Karak, slightly over an hour's drive out of KL. The Sungai Dua trail, located just past Kg Sungai Dua, is an arduous 40 kilometre out-and-back 4wd trail that goes deep into the Lentang forest reserve. The principal attraction of the trail is the impressive 100-foot Kerau waterfall located at its end. Another notable feature is its numerous stream crossings. » More

Sg. Lembing

Sg Lembing Tin Mines by Reza Azmi (4/29/2002). There are a few places left in Malaysia where a visitor feels as if you have stepped back into an entirely different era. That is the impression I have taken back with me from visiting Sg. Lembing (sungai, Malay for river), a small township about 40 km from Kuantan on the east coast of Malaysia » More

Choosing a GPS

Choosing a GPS by Joe Adnan (9/5/2002). There are a few pages on the web that deal with selection of GPS receivers, but none dealing specifically with selecting a GPS receiver for use while mountain biking. Geographic location also has an effect on choice: uploadable topographic maps of Malaysia are unlikely to be available soon, and so mapping capabilities of the more expensive GPS receivers are largely redundant. Here is a list of criteria that I think you should consider. » More

Using a GPS

Using a GPS for Biking by Joe Adnan (9/5/2002). This article was written so that the reader can make full use of the GPS data given with the bike trail guides. It's not intended to be a comprehensive guide to using a GPS receiver. I've made specific reference to Garmin receivers because this is the brand that I'm familiar with. I expect that most other outdoor-use GPS receivers will work on the same principles and will have similar principal features. » More

Bicycling Malaysia

Bicycling Malaysia by WILDBORNEO.net (5/29/2002). Cycling in Malaysia�where to take your bikes offroad and some of the more memorable routes to explore across Malaysia. » More

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