Mountain Bike Shenanigans

Brrr!
November 29th, 2010

Crikey it’s cold at the moment. Ended up with a proper ice cream headache riding into work on Friday and with the temperatures still low today I knew it was time to layer up. Today it was time to dig out and don the Buffalo jacket. Mine is a Big Face smock which I bought in about ’94 and it’s still going strong and keeping me toasty, perhaps fortunately I went for the indigo blue colour rather than purple so it seems to have aged well, here it is in action in early 2006.

Buffalo in evidence

Photo by Dan Barham

Snow is forecast over night so it might be a case of taking a mountain bike out tomorrow as I still haven’t switched to cross tyres on the commuter. Winter is definitely here and making it’s mark. My pal Stuart has had 18″ of snow up near Perth!

Charge Me
November 26th, 2010

The keyboard batteries finally reached 2% life remaining and I was getting sick of the mouse consuming AAs like they were made of fromage so I took the plunge and went for the rather lovely Apple battery charger. Small, compact and does the job of refreshing the power in a matter of hours.

Apple Battery Charger

I am very tempted by an iPhone4 and have been looking into options. I’ve been weighing up getting one for a long time, but having had a personal mobile contract for about the last 6 years it’s a case of shopping around for a deal.

Cheeky Peak
November 23rd, 2010

TB
A great weekend riding in the Peaks with friends. Weather was cold and grey, but the company was great and kept spirits high throughout. Big thanks to Jenn, Robb and Raoul for the invite.

Stelvio’s Perished
November 19th, 2010

Played the trump card tonight. Managed to leave my wallet, mobile and swipecard and keys in the office. I was kicking myself on the way home for forgetting to pick up a letter from my desk and post it, but didn’t realise the extent of the forgotten stuff until I’d been home for an hour and of course everyone had gone home. Fortunately a colleague was passing by the office and my place tonight and dropped them off. Cheers Steve!

Stelvio's

Cleaned the ‘cross bike tonight. It needed the TLC. Will get the tyres swapped at some point soon. The Schwalbe Stelvio’s that are on it are starting to perish and there are small splits like these in several places. In fairness they have driven me mad because the green is so unevenly painted on the make the wheels look buckled left to right and up and down whilts you’re riding along. That annoyance aside, they are tough as old boots – this didn’t even cause a puncture…

Stelvio's

First Ice
November 16th, 2010

First ice of the year yesterday morning. It was pretty sketchy on race slicks so I will have to start thinking about putting some cross tyres back on the bike. In all fairness it needs some love as it is looking rather dirty and unkempt. Still, I am getting to ride a beautiful Somerville-built bike that fits me perfectly to work everyday. I also managed to forget my front light yesterday. I’d taken it off as I didn’t need it on Friday and just forgot to refit it. Good excuse to nip home early and work from home instead. Only two people tried to kill me, so pretty much normal commuting.

IMBA: Long Live Long Rides