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





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4,000 29er miles

27 Jun 2008 at 16:17

The Inbred 29er's done over 4,000 miles now, and it's amost falling apart again, especially the BB which sounds a few miles away from the balls escaping from the collapsed drive-side bearing.

Summer's properly here now, 3 days of rain, ends a run of 1,300 mostly dry miles, more rain to come, strong winds still present... shopping for running shoes.


Well..... Those Are Past Their Best

13 Mar 2008 at 19:00

I have no idea how I managed a full ride on these!

Surprisingly the ring's a 33, so I'm going to 32/17 as a replacement, which is handy as I have those bits, but I just bought two 18t's which I guess I won't be using now, unless I go to 34/18 next time I need to buy a new chainring.

Next I need to fit a working brake, today was a bit sketch with no rear as my cornering style relies on dumping speed and tipping in a the last second... today it was more, PANIC and lean like crazy not nice on soggy silt!


Loose da Toobes

09 Mar 2008 at 15:30

After my 8th pinch flat on the 29er, I'm actually at the point I'm going to have to consider a tubeless set up.

Given I need a new rim anyway (I've managed to bed it even more during this morning's shenanigans, so, what type of rim should i go with? I'm not really up on tubeless, but is UST or a Stan's type system better? - I bet Raoul knows, he knows a lot about weird stuff like this.

It's either tubeless, hoping my newly purchased DH tube fits and works, or using suspension forks.


40 for 50

09 Mar 2008 at 14:01

Today marked my fiftieth ride of the year, marked with a hard work 41.8miles.

So what broke, I hear you ask? Well, Massive pinchflat to rim into rocks, front wheel seems more wobbly now, then .3miles after fixing the flat the tyre unseated and WANG, I the the bike away into more rocks. Fitting 26" tube around a 29er rim always carries the chance of messing up, despite checking.

Legs, they broke, I was 'chewing bar' for the last 5 miles.

The chainring and chain were making a nice sawing sound, but magically didn't unship at all - WOO!

Windy and wet again - people everywhere.

I still can't decide if 29ers are better than 26ers or not. I could do with less pinch flat though, but that's more down to the wind preventing me from gliding over the miles of stones.

41.8mls (12.2avg) | Dry, V Windy, 6°c, V Muddy.


Matt Takes a Detour

20 Dec 2007 at 14:10

My brainless riding got a wake-up jolt today when a road was closed and I was forced into a seemingly never-ending diversion.

The closed road is probably about 1/2 mile, diversion, about 2.5 miles, up some slippery slippery roads, not much fun when the cold's making my ache like an old man

Chameleon Single Speed, Rivington

From the start of today my bike was making ungodle noises from the chain/cranks/somewhere area, I generally ignore noises now, I put it down to the sub zero temperatures, despite my bike living in the almost tropical 12 degree heat of my kitchen.
the growling noise never really went away, I knew it was the chain which was due for replacement about 500 miles ago. I was slightly shocked, but very amused to arrive home and find there were 3 missing teeth from the rear cog [lasted 2,208.01 miles]. I guess it's new chain day tomorrow.. hopefully I have a 17t cog somewhere.

On-One Groove Armada Cog

Apart from that, nothing happened, another 30 in the bag, 11 days to go. 10th day of frost and ice.

Found a 17t, too lazy to fit a a chain, it's looking very very frosty outside righ now (-4°c)


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