Mountain Bike Shenanigans

Bugger
March 28th, 2006

I’ve broken it. The site isn’t working properly in Internet Exploder. It works on Mozilla browsers. I guess I should do something about that…

Well I’m working on it. Everything seems to be up and running now which is a good start. There are a few things that need tweaking like page titles that are a bit out of sync as you browse through the site. I need to work on the way content is rendered by the WordPress editor too. That isn’t working right just at the minute either, but it just needs a bit of fettling.

Testing the Press
March 28th, 2006

The thing with WordPress is that you can post to the Internet just by sending an email. Which is really pretty damn clever. In fact that’s why this post is tagged Distant Words, because, I could be writing it from anywhere in the World from a mobile phone. Which could be damn handy for those trips where you want to send updates from the field…

Fab Words
March 26th, 2006

Mike Brown, who’s a guy from Alabama wrote this comment when he registered his IF on the Owners’ Club site:

The paint is silk and the build is immaculate. The ride is balanced, natural and predictable. It is the bike I would build, if you had the experience and energy of thirteen bicycle obsessed people stuffed in my brain all at once – but I don’t, and that’s why I bought an Independent Fabrication.

It’s probably one of the best comments I’ve received from an Indy Fab owner and it sums up a lot about how I feel about their bikes too. The owners’ club is rapidly approaching 550 registered bikes.

This morning saw a reasonably early start and a trip down to Sale Water Park to hammer out a river run ride with Tyrell. After torrential rain yesterday, today the sun was out and the trails were drying. The air is warmer and I think that spring is finally on the way. It’s been a long time coming this year. So much so that Howies are doing a crazy deal on t-shirts.

I signed the site up to Technorati earlier in the week and there’s now a link in the right handside menu of the front page of the site. It’s interesting to see how rothar.com is networked amongst other blog users – all seem to be bike orientated and that’s not really to surprising. If you have a blog and haven’t checked it out yet, then take a look.

Anna Shepard writes a great column in the Saturday Times called the Eco Worrier. Anna has started up a blog for debating about green/ethical issues. It makes some interesting reading.

The Games, The Glory
March 24th, 2006

The mountain bike section of the Commonwealth Games happened last night. Liam Kileen and Oli Beckingsale rode a tactical race and came away with a cracking result for Gold and Silver for England while Roy Hunt’s daughter (Amy) who can normally be found showing her opponents a clean set of wheels in the cyclocross circuit, cam ehome 4th in the womens race. A great ride by them all.

I’ve been talking to MacPuppy about some extra riding off the back of the TransAlp this summer. He’s invited us to play on his local trails near Grenoble and it looks like a great option from the photos I’ve seen so far. I can’t wait to get over there. He’s also talking about doing the trans-Vercors – a 1 day 100km event – at the beginning of September. Unless I have an unexpected change of career before then that I’m not expecting there’s no way that I’ll be doing that.

A more realistic prospect is going to the Southern hemisphere to ride the Cape Epic. Imagine doing the Trans Alp race but in a radically different environment. That’d be 900 gruelling kilometres and climbing totalling more than some 16000 vertical metres during an adventurous eight-day journey which starts in Knysna and ends just outside Cape Town after traversing wide open African plains, majestic mountains, deep ravines, arid semi-deserts, indigenous forests, spectacular coastlines and flourishing vineyards. Erm, yeah. It’s on the table.

From: Mike
Subject: Valerie

Knock! Knock!

The madam opened the brothel door to see a rather dignified, well-dressed good looking man in his late 40s or early 50s.

“May I help you?” she asked.

“I want to see Valerie,” the man replied.

“Sir, Valerie is one of our most expensive ladies.
Perhaps you would prefer someone else,” said the madam.

“No. I must see Valerie,” was the man’s reply.

Just then, Valerie appeared and announced to the man that she charged $1,000 a visit.

Without hesitation, the man pulled out ten one-hundred dollar bills, gave them to Valerie, and they went upstairs.

After an hour, the man calmly left.

The next night, the same man appeared again, demanding to see Valerie.

Valerie explained that none had ever come back two nights in a row–too expensive–and there were no discounts. The price was still $1,000. Again the man pulled out the money, gave it to Valerie and they went upstairs. After an hour, he left.

The following night the man was there again. Everyone was astounded that he had come for the third consecutive night, but he paid Valerie and they went upstairs.

After their session, Valerie questioned the man. “No one has ever been with me three nights in a row. Where are you from?” she asked.

The man replied, “South Carolina.” “Really” she said. “I have family in South Carolina.”

“I know,” the man said. “Your father died, and I am your sister’s attorney. She asked me to give you your $3,000 inheritance.”

The moral of the story is that there are three things in life that are certain:

1. Death

2. Taxes

3. Being screwed by a lawyer.

WP’ing the site
March 24th, 2006

The blog bit of the rothar.com site is slowly being migrated over to a database driven WordPress installation. The transition should be fairly seamless, although it might take a while to get it all done.

IMBA: Long Live Long Rides