Mountain Bike Shenanigans

Kurdunk!
September 27th, 2010

That was the noise my bike made this morning. For the first time in months I had a tow in to work in the slipstream of a coach. I was of course paying far more attention to my distance to that back of the bus that where the bike was going and I managed to ride over a pothole I’ve hit before. The Kurdunk of aluminium slipping on aluminium was my bars slipping in the stem so i had an interesting ride into work with the bars at a funky downward angle.

It was warm this morning so shorts, merino t-shirt and a gillet and riding sans socks was not a problem. By lunch time I was walking to the post office around the Captain America set in a jacket with a woolen beanie on. The ride home had better be a fast one. A few hours makes a big difference in this city at this time of year.

Watt PB
September 23rd, 2010

On the Wattbike

Me about to pedal furiously

The Wattbike was out again for the Student Welcome Fair at The University of Manchester. I swear that thing is like a magnet. I tried to resist it… I didn’t feel great. I had silly shoes on. I couldn’t remember what I had done last time. Joni Purmonen had set the top output – over 1450w. Going to the gym and pushing weights clearly pays off.

Still ten minutes later I’m back on it. I ripped my foot out of the toeclips on the first start, managed to get the power down second time around. Previous attempts have seen me hit 1210w, 1311w & 1381w. I managed 1386w this time. Enough for 3rd place on the board. I wouldn’t mind having a go on one of these now with some proper biking gear and pedals on…

Countdown
September 14th, 2010

This morning a coleague was late for a meeting, so a deal was done. We’d meet at his office and he’d provide a coffee. My first coffee of the year. I’m not sure exactly what coffee Caffè Nero produced, but I’ve still got a caffiene shake going on almost 12 hours later.

Of course the meeting being delayed by an hour meant that I was able to ride to my office in a downpour of epic proportions, but with my coffee fuelled cloak I was like Miguel Indurain ripping up the tarmac as I big ringed it into work. Yes a deliver driver in a Mercedes Sprinter did think about cutting across me at a junction, but then he saw the 100yard stare in my eyes and thought better of it.

Work time evaporated and the next thing it’s 7.30pm and time to ride home…quickly, because it’s already that time of year where light is fading fast in the evenings. The coundown to needing lights for the commute has begun…

For the Next 12 Months
September 10th, 2010

You can say you’re World Champion if your name’s Tracy Moseley. Well earned result that’s been a long time coming…

Tracy Moseley

Photo by Rob Jones.

Changeable…
September 6th, 2010

…best way to describe the weather really. Cold and wintery last week, then a flurry of change ushers in summers death throws and then today saw constant strong winds driving in a big front off the Atlantic. I reckon the leaves on the trees will start to turn soon. It started raining about 6.30pm and hasn’t stopped since. Still it was warm enough for me to ride to work in shorts and a short sleeved Merino top today and only one silly cow in a Golf tried to get me. She jumped the lights and turned across the junction in front of me and a black minicab tried to follow her but I was halfway across the junction by then being followed by two lanes of traffic. It’s not my problems if you’re impatient… sod off!

Riding the Independent Fabriation Cross Bike is such a better experience in comparison to the Roadrat. I don’t miss that now it’s gone. Even with an SLR saddle on it, the bike just feels more comfortable and alive. It wasn’t a weight thing either, there was only half a pound difference between them, which make me sure it was all down to the tubing and design. The other great thing is that you can sit all day in the office and any time look up and see a bike that you had build to your specs and with a paint job that always makes you smile.

I Love Independent Fabrication

IMBA: Long Live Long Rides