Mountain Bike Shenanigans

Looking Forward
October 25th, 2004

Worked in the bikeshop on Saturday. It’s been so long I can’t even remember when it was I last worked there but after the initial ‘new bits’ acclimatization and finding out where everything had moved to around the shop it was pretty much like I’d never been away.

The new Specialized look good for next year, I think I’m going to have to try a few more full suspension bikes and try and work out what to get as a replacement for the FSR. Maybe Ben’s new Demo 9 will convince me I need a gravity bike. I hope not, there’s no where to put it.

Now this is what custom bikes are all about. A lot of time and patience and vision. I hope she liked it. I thought this would be appreciated by the Apple fanatics out there. I’m soon to be getting in on the game too. I think it might be a while before I build up a G5 array though.

Time for Change
October 17th, 2004

I’m getting restless. Now I’m feeling better and really want to get out and ride I’m on call and can’t be more than three minutes from home. That said I want to ride, but I still haven’t fully recovered my interest in bikes. I think one ride will do it and Thursday night’s going to see it happen, mark my words.

Now then the Singlespeed is going to have to go. Yep I’ve been thinking about it and as much as I love the frame and the uniqueness of the bike and despite the fact I bought a pair of forks for it I’ve never got around to fitting, I think it’s time to say au revoir and move on. So if you’re interested in the bike or any of the bits let me know. I’m going to give it until I come back from holiday until I post it up for sale on the STW classifieds, probably as a whole bike to start with.

Thanks to everyone who has been in touch since I finished writing up. It definitely feels like a load has been lifted from my shoulders. Despite the sparse updates it seems that people are still finding rothar.com. Thanks to everyone whose posted in the guestbook recently too.

A few Indy Fab’s were on show at Interbike in Vegas, but check the stem cap on this.

Thesis Finished
October 6th, 2004

Five years of interest, three years of dedicated original research, mountains of books, papers and research findings, generally cold and wet fieldwork and one finished thesis. I’m glad that’s out of the way. I’m now one step closer to a doctorate.

I’m now working full time for Europe’s biggest University and it’s fair to say that I haven’t had much time for anything else. I’ve been feeling like crap for the last week and I’m just looking forward to being well enough to get out on a bike again soon.

Apart from the Tyler Hamilton debacle I don’t know what else has been happening in the world of bikes. The Las Vegas Interbike show is on now and a fair few from this side of the pond have gone over to find out what’s new and I’m sure the pictures will start appearing soon. More updates as soon as I get around to trawling the web for what’s been going on.

IMBA: Long Live Long Rides