Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Riding and sunshine

Both have been in short supply until recently. Sunday saw a 77km ride to practice for HoNC in a few weeks time. All went well until I bonked and my knees started playing up after about 50km. Powergrips are not for me :( Back to the SBC shoes and Time ATAC's all the way.

Tuesday night ride was around the FoD and finished up with a trip down DogSoldiers in the pitch dark..spooky! Becca will need some new rechargeable AA's for the 24hr race as my old ones are starting to get a memory / limited capacity. I took the BlackBuck as having a freewheel helped with the recovery although after 30km my knees protested anyway.

I now have a pair of Maverick SC32 forks to fit to the BlackBuck, not sure how they will affect the geometry as they are 50mm taller and 12mm less rake. I have just fitted the 29er kit, topped up the oil on the spring side and built a wheel to suit...quite a busy lunch hour! I hope to get them fitted tonight depending on what chores need doing as I was busy all Tuesday and its Mothers day this Sunday and the family are coming round!

The SC32's look to be the fork fettlers dream as they are easy to work on and have lots to change. Short of setting the air pressure and adding the oil to stop bottoming out I have not changed anything ...yet! Shim stack, oil cartridge pressure and negative spring might all come in for fettling until they are set just right for me.

Pictures once I get it sorted.

Alex

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Long.......pause.......

Yeah, sorry for that. I would say that I had nothing to report but that would be a lie. In the last 2 weeks I have:

1) Been really ill...you don't want any more info!
2) Seen my (useless) Doctor (see point 1)...never again
3) Visited IceBike trade show and listened to a seminar by Jay Townley...that guy talks lots of sense.
4) Got a new job...not involving bikes!
5) Given my notice at my current job
6) Did the silly fixie thing of trapping my finger in the drivechain while cleaing it!
7) Not written anything on my blog :)

Pretty tame stuff compared to Jill and Geoff who had to scratch the Iditarod race after frostbite / knee problems...get well soon guys. Shaggy John is well on his way into that race and was 3rd to the first check point at 57miles! Go John!

Becca has signed up for the Mountain Mayhem 24h in Solo Singlespeed Womens class...her first ever 24hr and I'm playing pit-bitch / moral support / mechanic / chef.... Currently trying out a new SBC Sonoma Ladies saddle, as her old Terry Gella Bella and Madison L21 were knackered, in advance of the HoNC 100km a month away.

I have signed up for the "Welsh Ride Thing" which is a GDR-alike over 3days in mid-Wales (ok, so pretty tame!) I am currently trying to plan what I really need and what can stay at home as I will be hitting some big hills and walking quite a bit. I have fitted some flat pedals and Powergrips to the Solitude so I can wear my SBC Taho shoes (sans cleats) as they are easier to walk in and don't look too odd in the pub! Its a little odd and quite hard getting your feet in them while pedaling but with a little more practice I will get my 2nd foot in with out kicking the pedal of having it kick me!

Top tip: Mule Bars, particularly the Liquorice and fennel seed one....Yum!

Alex