Mountain Bike Shenanigans

More Scott Maintenance
October 28th, 2017

So after the Dark Peak adventure back in August the rear wheel on the Scott started playing up and the tyres needed sorting (slow flat in the front) plus a solution to pinch flats was needed. So strip down time. Investigation reveals that the free hub bearings were seized solid and the hub bearings were both on the way out. So old ones out:

More Scott Bearing Maintenance

New bearings for the Syncros hubs to go in (2x 6902 and 2x 6903) with hopefully better quality bearings and seals

More Scott Bearing Maintenance

All back together and ready to roll.

More Scott Bearing Maintenance

On the tyre and tube front after a bit of research I’ve plumbed for the Schwalbe Procore dual pressure system. Best way to describe it is a road bike tyre with no tread and a small tube running at 80-90psi inside the main chubby tyre which is inflated via a special valve and runs sealant.

More Scott Bearing Maintenance

It sounds more complicated than it is. The kit is comprehensive and it all goes together okay. The biggest challenge is getting the chubby tyres to seal on the rims. Mine both were leaking at the valve but with some faffage I reckon the sealant and a couple of rim side o-rings have done the job. At this stage it could be epic or an expensive mistake. Let’s see what two days hard trail riding delivers…

More Scott Bearing Maintenance

Ti Cross Deluxe
October 22nd, 2017

At the end of last year I started building up a new winter bike. Independent Fabrication legendary collector Jam Price let one of his fleet go, I bought a second hand cross bike that had been used twice for parts and by January I was hacking about on a decent steed and working out what was needed to make it right. I’d worked out that cross bike parts would go on a 26″ IF without any problems and after the Aquamarine Fade Planet Cross, I’d decided that the next one needed to be Ti and disc equipped. So behold the updated and reimagined vision that proves that 26″ wheeled mountain bikes have untapped potential.

Independent Fabrication Ti Cross Deluxe

Independent Fabrication Ti Cross Deluxe

Independent Fabrication Ti Cross Deluxe

Back on the Road
May 27th, 2017

Summer 2017

Back on the road bike for the first time in 2017. Feels weird to be on something so svelte and with twitchy handling and narrow bars. I’d like to say it was fast as… but I had a terrible week of punctures, the highlight of which was a 5 mile walk to work in brand new SPD SL cleats. Those Mavic tyres have been terrible, time to go back to Michelins.

Creaky
May 19th, 2017

New bike and insane death creaking from the frame after 700km. Time to get to the root of the issue.

Repairs and upgrades

Ended up changing the bottom bracket and headset to some choice upgrades from UK masters Hope Technology. Then serviced the XT Trail pedals and fitted rubber grommets on the cables.

Repairs and upgrades

Still creaking.

Then stripped, cleaned, greased and reassembled the pivot bearings.

Repairs and upgrades

Still creaking.

Finally stripped off the shock to find the bushes had been dry fitted. Greased and reassembled and creak gone. Expensive fix, but silent running and some smooth bearings to replace some graunchy old ones. Bottom headset race was particularly bad.

Repairs and upgrades

All done and just enjoying the rumble of chubby rubber on dry trails…

Repairs and upgrades

Strava App on the Apple Watch: Driving Me Nuts
May 15th, 2017

So today I logged with Strava my growing frsutration with the Apple Watch App. It is driving me nuts. I own a 1st generation watch which has been fine until relatively recently, but now has issues!

1) Stopping a ride recording
At first I thought that this was tha auto-pause function – pausing or ending a ride then not restrating it. I could correlate where a ride recording ended with a point where I had to get off and portage the bike. So I changed the setting to turn off auto pause, but this seems to have turned itself back on!

I’ve even taken to coming out of the Strava App once a ride has started by going back to the main display (clock). How ever, once riding if you flick your wrist to look at the watch it is back in Strava !

2) Hung App
Today I did a 2.30hr ride and the App crahsed after about 2.15hr. When I got back to the car the App screen on the Watch was just balck, no display. When I got my phone out and looked at Strava the ride hadn’t been logged. So back to the watch and now it is working again but had paused itself again.

3) Slow performance
From opening the App to trying to go to start a ride is SLOW. Like 60-90 seconds slow. Because it’s slow and lags, I think that it’s possible I’ve accidently turned the auto pause function back on in the same way I inadvertently select km vs milies for distance units.

4) No lock function
I can live with the slow performance, but there has to be a way of stopping the app ending the ride prematurely. Can some sort of lock function be introduced to stop inadvertent pausing and a real turn off of the auto-pause (I’d prefer to set this on the phone for the Watch App so that this is not a watch based option).

IMBA: Long Live Long Rides