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Goin' Crazy in 2009

  • Offroad Riding - 13002.72 miles [289]
  • Aborted Riding - 61.00 miles [3]
  • Turbo Trainer - 33.70 miles [3]
  • (TOC) 13063.72 miles
  • (TA) 13097.42 miles

Hurtin' in 2008

  • Offroad Riding - 10602.84 miles [300]
  • Turbo Trainer - 130.20 miles [8]
  • Running - 114.56 miles [24]
  • Aborted Riding - 37.20 miles [2]
  • (TOC) 10640.04 miles
  • (TR) 114.56 miles
  • (TA) 10884.8 miles

Riding in 2007

  • Offroad Riding - 8365.93 miles [300]
  • Road Riding - 3599.80 miles [70]
  • Turbo Trainer - 50.90 miles [3]
  • (TOC) 11965.73 miles
  • (TA) 12016.63 miles

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My Bikes:

Current Gems

  • 2004 Pink Surly 1x1
  • 2000 Kona Kaboom
  • 2006 Santa Cruz Chameleon





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Shake Rattle and Roll

23 Feb 2008 at 17:41

38.9 miles - 12.9 avg

In very windy conditions, so not a bad effort, and explains why I was hurting so much towards the end (hurting so much I didn't want to breathe).

I don't even realise I'm riding all that fast, I have to assume that for my natural RPM the 29er moves faster than my 26er. I have never really bothered to find out, I assumed it was geared so one revolution would move the bike a comparable distance, but thinking about it, it's more likely that the FORCE required to move one revolution is the same, but the distance is more, or something... I feel an experiment coming on....

/ disappears for a while


The WD40 can indicates the start of the bike.

29er test

The GT85 can is the where the 29er ends after one crank turn, the Screwfix chain lube can (blue) is where the 26er ends.

29er test

So I guess the bikes are pretty evenly matched.


50 to Finish

31 Dec 2007 at 14:04
365 days of riding

FINISHED.. and finished in style, 50.1 miles in the mud in 3hrs 57mins... my first and only 50mile offroad ride of the year!


Final Countdown

30 Dec 2007 at 18:31

(I can imagine these guys are no strangers to the wedgie)

Hard one this moomin, 36.8miles, just shy of 3 hours, sloppy trails, *busy* trails. Swapping to Vanillas on the Chameleon just hasn;t worked, they seem even more solid than the SC32's so I'm just pinging around more and more, oh well, 1 to go.

36.8miles (12.7avg) | Dry, THERE WAS NO WIND!, V V Muddy, 5°c, 1,271.62m climbing

Today sees the end of the SEVENTY SECOND consecutive week of riding, that's a lot, thank the chuff I end tomorrow, I'd probably carry on if I lived in a better environment, but, by the time I can afford to move I'll be too old to ride every day anyway!


Nov 07

30 Nov 2007 at 19:46

Nov 2007 Summary:

  • Miles: 923.11 +153.31 (on Nov 06)
  • Rides: 30
  • Bikes Ridden : 1
  • Time in Saddle: 78h 36m 00s
  • 100% MTB / 100% Singlespeed
  • 11,768.53 miles / 371 rides in the last 365 Days
  • 19,467.50 singlespeed miles in 814 rides since 01/01/04
  • 28,553.70 ridden miles in 1058 rides since 01/01/04

Mostly a rainy, windy, muddy month.


Check Nose, Spit

01 Nov 2007 at 09:31

** crash report **

Good one today, get a glass of wine and read on.

Coming off the pike, all good, bit windy, that's not important, I just had to mention that for the 300+th time this year, down the route to the toilets, exit the last turn, need to stay left down the stony channel on the (people about so going right not really an option, plus it was a bit slippy, so turning across the stones tricky too..

Flight it right to avoid the loop of wire from the fence at handlebar height,
drift back left
corner of eye spots another loop, right about ankle leve............. **CRASHHHHHHHHHHH**

The loop of fencing wire looped over my left foot, I dragged it about 5 mtrs until there was no more slack left, it slid up foot, between frame and crank arm (foot in forward position), then the wire travels up my leg, then something happens and I fly into the dirt across the top tube (bike kinda ripped sideways to the front wheel is towards the fence) , I fly over, hit the ground with my head and arms.

Get up, pull broken glasses from face, check nose and spit.. no blood, PHEW, that was a HARD impact.

Helmet is fine, nose has a big scrape down the middle, glasses must have absorbed the impact as they cracked right across the center.

The force of the wide looping over my foot and traveling up to my ankle tore one of the straps off my left shoe!

Somehow the back brake banjo bolt came undone, no brakes for last 45% of ride.

Bike landed somewhere about 4m in front of me (I was still ensnared in the fence) one of the fork seals popped off and up down the leg!!!! (how that's possible I have no idea!)

Face aches right now.

Grazes on right wrist, right elbow.

Sore left ankle, like I've been in a snare.. funny that!

Pedal impact graze on left shin from bike rodeo

Probably about 15-18mph at the time.

Could and really SHOULD have been SO much worse.

I've fixed the fence a bit, but need to report this, as it's been flapping around for weeks, and I've been avoiding it fine, but the second loop's new.

28.1miles (12.6avg) | Windy, Mild, Dry, Bit Greasy - Crash, lots of broken bike.

That's the second pair of glasses I've snapped in two in 4 weeks.


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