Mountain Bike Shenanigans

Not Snowdon
February 28th, 2010

The sense in the decision not to ride Snowdon this weekend became apparent as we pushed bikes through a foot of snow at 450m, the odds of being able to tackle Wales’ biggest mountain at over 1,000m were remote. Certainly the various webcams covering the mountain made it clear that there was plenty of white stuff on it.

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Instead we rode out from Llangollen and did some mint trails and had a great time. Proper exploring, sussing out some new trails including getting told off by land owners (twice), quipping “yes, silly isn’t it?” when told that footpaths were only supposed to be used for walking on and falling off on silly steep bits (at least three times). More photos here.

Urghh
February 23rd, 2010

Tonight was hard work riding home. Worked late and so it was probably an hour later to be doing the route, but there was a constant headwind all the way back and sleet blowing in my face. Bike felt slow. Legs felt heavy. Just wanted it to be over. Winter is clinging on and Snowdon this weekend is looking highly unlikely.

Snow Return
February 16th, 2010

Last week it was warm and dry enough to hang up the Endura eVent 3/4s and get the board shorts out over the 3/4 bibknicks. This morning we’ve woken up to a bit of snow covering things and although as I write the sun’s melting it away. The really cold wet weather isn’t over just yet. I can’t help thinking that the more wintery weather is on the horizon. It’ll be interesting to see what else is going to be thrown down at us before the end of the month.

RHS is Back
February 15th, 2010

Photo by Rob Hamilton-Smith
Photo by Rob Hamilton-Smith

Rob Hamilton Smith has been running a blog again for quite a while now. Get the latest on the Euro life and some stunning photos over at his blog. Expedition style skiing and snowshoe action in winter and biking in summer.

2010: Year of Poor Posting
February 10th, 2010

Wow, it’s 10th February already! Where is the time going? The weather is still wintery. We had blizzards this morning and now it’s blue skies and sunshine. An attempt on Snowdon is planned for the last weekend of the month, but if this weather keeps up we will be falling back to plan B which is a blitz around Penmachno’s trails. Not much to report on the riding front. I eventually gave up with discs on the Road rat and have put Deore v-brakes on instead. More than enough stopping power without the really-bloody-annoying irritation of the wheel getting pulled in the drop outs all the time.

New bits came in the post for the Remedy so that is back up and running. I used the Park CC-3 (go, no go) gauge designed to check the chain wear, but it’s not even close to 0.75% wear yet, so there’s some decent spares in the cupboard now for when replacement time comes. Still waiting for a 183 rotor calliper adaptor for the Singlespeed, so that is looking a bit sorry for itself at the moment. Not much else to report…

IMBA: Long Live Long Rides