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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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Current Gems

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





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Setting New Records

26 Nov 2007 at 12:20
  • Chain Life: 5 days
  • Hub Life: 4 days
  • Tyre Life: 9 days

SRAM, Hope and WTB, you're all ON THE LIST! (Hope for the 10th time)

I guess I should elaborate: The chain's shit, since being new on Thursday its been re-tensioned 9 times, had a link removed and has grown over 1/2 an inch, now it grinds, it's wonky and it's drops off the cog far-too-easily. SRAM, SUCK MY BALLS

Hub: despite all new parts, and being only 3 days old, it's already misfiring, with every other freewheel-to-pedalling action causing a loud cracking noise, which usually happens when the ratchet ring's busted.. nice work Hope. SUCK MY BALLS

WTB Prowler XT Tyre, 9 days old, bead rips off. which happened yesterday as the tyre developed a large 'shimmy' OK, I run 23psi, but there's no stated lower pressure limit on the tyre, thankfully I only paid 7.50 or it. It might have been the 321 rim eating the tyre, though, as that rim's destroyed at least FOUR tyres in 12 months... but.. WTB, you can SUCK MY BALLS.

I'm clearly cursed, the chances of getting to 2008 without having to buy new chains, or needing to rebuild / replace wheels is looking very unlikely.

Jan 1st can't come soon enough.


The Third Wheel

23 Nov 2007 at 18:54

I'm fast running out of rear wheels, the pro2 has been destroyed twice, so I'm leaving getting that money pit to rot before it's fixed and sold on to someone less awesome than me.

The Hope XC that replaced that wheel only a few weeks ago, skipped a number of engagements this morning and emitted a symphony of pings and clicks for the rest of the ride, forcing me to ride a little more gingerly than normal. Rarely for one of my wheels, the bearings are still working fine, with no hint of play, which is impressive given that wheel's been used probably yhe most this year.

So I'm on to the THIRD wheel to be run on the Chameleon in only 6 weeks, this, another XC, came back from Hope only 3 weeks ago, and I was surprised to see that the only original part of the hub is the shell... New: axle, freehub shell, pawls, springs, bearings, end caps and ratchet ring! - Let the countdown to destruction begin!


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.


Pro 2 - The 12 Month Review

29 Oct 2007 at 16:10

What a load of crap, in 12 months, the wheel's been in action for only 5,000 miles and it's now knackered for the second time, not just bearings, but the pawls aren't engaging yet again.

When compared to an old XC hub, they're just flimsy and not fit for purpose.. or maye they are, if the purpose is poncing around in lovely weather... however, back on Earth, where people sometimes might have to ride in shite conditions, the hub can't take it.

First time around it took 2828 miles to kill it, second time, 2,100 miles, although, the bearings were already wobbling like mad after only 600 miles, or, as I like to call it, THREE AND A HALF WEEKS.

The problems with the hub seem to boil down to poor sealing, without opening it I can tell there's a lot of gunge in there, as the distinctive an loud freehub clicking that a new hub emits is entirely missing, unlike the 6000+ mile old XC that's been forced back into action.

The Irony of a Lancashire built hub not withstanding Lancashire weather's not lost on me.

Big thumbs down and a Blown Raspberry is my final verdict.

I'm going to enjoy telling the Hope Technicians that they actually replaced the bearings and it wasn;t a botched DIY job.

I'm still pondering a replacement, Hope XC or something screwonable.


Can't Steer, Won't Steer.

15 Oct 2007 at 13:50

The lifeless Mavericks on the Chameleon are definitely having a detrimental effect on the handling of the bike, I've been unable to descend the Pike properly since I swapped back over from the KHS, as the forks just don't do their job properly, I can't stick a line, I end up with the front wheel about to washout, or me being flung way off line and having to mince around the corners looking for any type of grip. the forks stopped doing that thing where they 'pop' back up when you undo the lockout, so maybe that's a clue.. that and the general lifelessness of them, they won't travel more than about 2inches, if I drop the air in them then when locked down thye just mush about at the bottom of the travel... maybe that's just how those forks are.. someone needs to make a coil upgrade kit for them.

Apart from that annoyance, rubbish ride, very very very windy and the rear wheel's bearings are completely shot - I;m off to design a hub with 1 pence pieced sized bearings, that'll be a *GREAT* idea.


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