Mountain Bike Shenanigans

The Exhibition
December 28th, 2009

This is Pete’s band. Check out their demo EP.

No More Mincing
December 22nd, 2009

The week before last I observed what can only be described as mincing, on a bike. Little Chinese bloke riding a bike with his knees bowing out at about 45 degrees and pretty much only his toes on the pedals. It is without doubt the campest display of bike riding I have ever seen, well perhaps with the exception of Raoul trying to ride his rigid IF down a peak district boulder infested descent and deciding that the best course of action was to avoid it completely.

The Evidence

Truth is however, that I too have been guilty of a degree of mincing. It’s the result of trying to ride a road bike with slick tyres on snow and ice and realising that you have the same degree of control as an Elephant handler trying to manoeuvre his big-eared and tusked mammal across a tightrope. It’s difficult and you know it could go wrong at any time.

As a result last night I gave the Roadrat a wash and bedecked it with a set of cross tyres for the first time since taking ownership. The result is a rugged and good looking bike, which feels infinitely more stable, has traction and can go around corners, even if the extra mass is noticeable. Perhaps more importantly, I can ride again with confidence, although the fear of being taken out by a sliding car, bus or ice cream van (okay last one is unlikely) still keeps me on my toes.

Killed Off
December 20th, 2009

RATM make the UK Christmas Number One. Guitarist Tom Morello said that the campaign to prevent another X Factor number one had “tapped into the silent majority of the people in the UK who are tired of being spoon-fed one schmaltzy ballad after another”.

Frontman De la Rocha said the band would perform a free concert in the UK in 2010 to celebrate their chart win and added that proceeds from the single would go to homeless charity Shelter. Top result all around, unless you’re an untalented musician voted for by a zombie-like celebrity and tv obsessed public.

As Clint Boon said on XFM Manchester last week, it’s nothing personal against X Factor winner Joe McElderry, but that the music loving public, the ones that go to gigs and watch real music, was tired of X Factor drivel and that hopefully it would initiate a return to genuine music. The type of music where people write and sing their own songs and play their own intruments. The kind of music that makes it onto mountain bike videos.

December 17th, 2009

For the owner of the pale blue Audi A6 that tried to cut me up and kill me on the bends of fury on the commute into work this morning:

Make RATM Christmas Number one and show Simon Cowell how much love there is for Shite X Factor.

Buy Killing in the Name Of from Amazon for 29p.

Situation Normal
December 14th, 2009

Cold enough to need gloves on the way into work now. Ended up with an ice cream headache after riding home in the freezing fog on Friday. The Sit Rep is that everything is normal for the time of year:

  • Eejit pedestrians trying to get themselves run over by running across the road in front of traffic – “Lookout knobhead”.
  • Stupid Cyclists riding bikes like they’re stolen with no regard for their safety or so you can see them – “Get some lights knobhead”.
  • Drivers doing some blinding efforts, like pulling out to overtake without looking in their mirrors to see if anything is already overtaking – “Jezzzzzus that was close”.

All of which is not aided particularly by low light dazzling people – when there is sunshine that is. Can’t help but think it’s safer to commute in the dark.

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