Mountain Bike Shenanigans

2018 Round Up
January 1st, 2019

The lesson for riding (or lack of) this year has been be careful what you wish for at work…

1,912km with 25,539m climbing. The year is summed up with a longest ride of 16.7km. That’s a shocker.

Workshop Time
December 28th, 2018

A year of riding the Ti Cross Deluxe has taken it’s toll on the IF. A rear tyre that has punctured on the last three rides. New rear tyre to replace a well worn Conti Cyclocross King that had been been worn smooth and some new tubes. The gears that don’t shift so well and I suspect is down to an old chain.

Update: The new chain worked on about 2 of 10 gears so a new sprocket was then ordered. The old one refused to come off, requiring the rivets to be popped on the cassette and each sprocket worked off in turn.

Destroyed Gear Cluster Sprockets

Then there was the ominous creak from the cranks that seemed to come and go with time but was never a good sign. New bottom bracket required and whilst I was at it I drilled the bottom bracket shell for drainage and cleaned everything up.

Ti Cross Deluxe Servicing

I like the more compact replacement XT unit, but that minimal size means smaller bearings (and a new fitting tool – fortunately that comes in the box). It will be interesting to see what mileage I get out of this one.

Ti Cross Deluxe Servicing
The brakes have been less than optimal and on the most recent rider were giving cause for concern. It meant workshop time!

Ti Cross Deluxe Servicing

More Snow
February 4th, 2018

January saw snow. And ice. Cold temps and those that climbed up into the mid-teens on some days. Keeping riding meant some challenging conditions, but there was no wimping out and taking the easy option of the car. That’s despite the prospects of permanent four wheel drive, snow tyres, heated leather and tunes.

I’m thinking that I am committed. It’s possible that some colleagues think that I should be committed.

Biking Updates

Biking Updates

Biking Updates

Biking Updates

2017 Round Up
January 4th, 2018

43,263m climbing, 2,869km riding. Phew.

Going to be a Cold One.
December 22nd, 2017

Snow by the end of November and through out December. Going to be more I reckon. Seasonal photos from County Durham…

Biking Updates

Biking Updates

Biking Updates

Biking Updates

Biking Updates

Biking Updates

Biking Updates

Biking Updates

IMBA: Long Live Long Rides