Mountain Bike Shenanigans

One F Gear
November 30th, 2008

Jam Price has given me a heads up  on a new site and enterprise being setup by two guys from Lichfield, One F Gear. They’re a bunch of blokes that like to ride bikes, talk bollocks and now design some clothes.  Not just any old shite though, got to be cool and as they love their single speeds, they thought that’d be a good theme. The who thing sounded really simple in the pub… Check it out!

I’ve also been meaning to link to the Adventure Cycling site for a whiile. Adventure Cycling Association’s nonprofit mission is to inspire people of all ages to travel by bicycle for fitness, fun, and self-discovery. Founded in 1973 as Bikecentennial, Adventure Cycling is the premier bicycle travel organization in North America with 44,500 members.

Getting Cold Now
November 27th, 2008

It’s been getting colder recently. At the end of last week I had to add in a fleece gillet between a merino base layer and softshell jacket and this week, I’ve moved up to a full fleece midlayer. The bandana has been broken out too, mainly just to keep me from getting an ice cream headache on the ride home at night. There’s been some lingering frosts too, but the ice is nothing on the conditions that last weekend brought which were snow and sleet. The commute has been pretty good or I’ve been very chilled because there don’t seem to have been any people trying to take me out.

Stopped at a set of lights and had a chat with another rider on Wednesday night. I’d seen him weaving through the traffic ahead of me at a good pace, but he didn’t seem to have any rear light. Turned out it had flicked up onto the top of his bag where you couldn’t see it and he seemed grateful for having this pointed out. Can’t help thinking that he’d have been better off having a fixed light on his bike and a backup on his bag, but then I would say that – it’s the setup I use…

Autumn Rustler
November 22nd, 2008

Rode out this morning under blue skies and although there was a chilly wind blowing that numbed fingers and toes even through winter layers, it was a great ride out. What made it special was the fact that it was one of those rare days when the conditions are perfect and as you ride through the woods, your tyres rustle up the leaves, leaving them crackling and crinkling under the treads.

Uneventful
November 21st, 2008

Rode in this morning against a bitterly cold headwind blowing from the North. I was glad I’d put gloves on. Up until the last few days it has been borderline in terms of whether it’s cold enough to warrant them. No idiots trying to kill me, some actually quite considerate drivers for a change. Saw a big smash on the Hathersage Road Upper Brook Street junction last night which just reminded me that big junks of steel on four wheels are still fragile things…

Riding tomorrow morning. I’m looking forward to it and will probably get the Singlespeed out, although I’ll need to take off the 1.5 Conti tyres. In sad news Tyrrell’s Voodoo Wanga singlespeed was stolen from Altrincham recently. It’s a very distinctive bike so hopefully will be spotted around and about and reunited with it’s rightful owner in the end.

University
November 13th, 2008

University is known for many things, but educating the next generation of bike mechanics isn’t unfortunately one of them. Which might explain why the hero in this tale appears to be riding a bike with the forks fitted the wrong way round. Not the first time I’ve seen it in Manchester either…

IMBA: Long Live Long Rides