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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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Nuvver Slow Ride

16 Nov 2007 at 17:18
Santa Cruz Chameleon Single Speed Rivington


2008 Better Be Better

06 Nov 2007 at 18:04

I couldn't decide if my bike rode any better with the fixed SC32's today as the wind was so strong I spent most of the time being pushed around or grinding hard to just move forwards.

There does seem to be far too much air in them, though, and looking at the instructions I think I need to crack them open to drop the internal pressure, but that's a last resort.

I have found another potential new fork, a Marzocchi XC 700 ATABCDEFG, slight less complex than the Rock Shox Revelation, but more expensive, but not made by SRAM, who are in my bad books for their GXP bearings and useless-in-the-UK Avid Brakes.

so, in a nutshell: bike maybe crap, weather crap, couldn't give a crap.

And for those who are interested, Helvetica, The Movie is on BBC ONE at 10.35 tonight (thx matt), it's in the listings as "Imagine" so you might not have noticed.


Well That's Odd

04 Nov 2007 at 17:28

I've just stripped and re-fitted the Truvativ cranks to the Chameleon and now the driveside crank doesn't seem to "push in" as far as it used to.. now, maybe it does, but I've not noticed the .8mm of axle that's visible between the seal and the spider... but I swear I would have questioned this the 6 times I've had the cranks off... the NDS arm tightens up fine, but doesn't and won't drag the axle though anymore, even twatting it with a rubber mallet's not done anything... It's all very bizarre.

It concerns me.. but only slightly.

Expect a 'My Cranks Fell Off' post next week.


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.


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