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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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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.


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)


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.


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!


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