Mountain Bike Shenanigans

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July 30th, 2013

As the in laws are on holiday for a month I’ve booked off Tuesday afternoons to look after the boys. So today at 1pm I scooped them up from nursery and bundled them into the trailer. It was adventure time.

Suitably armed with children’s snacks, spare nappy and baby wipes we were off. The downside to being lax on the riding front is that I have just discovered my Camelbak bladder has been stewing for the last god knows how long in the muddy Camelbak from my last ride. It is far from usable. I think it had water in it, but can’t be sure. It may now have aquatic life in it.

So my MULE was not sloshing with water but it did have other trail essentials and some water bottles. We were going off roading. Hooked up on the Fallowfield loop line, made a beeline to Chorlton and then took Hawthorn Lane down to the Mersey.

No way through...

The bloody kissing gates and horse step boxes were a nightmare. I manages to get the bike and trailer through one kissing gate after 5 minutes contorting bikes and then gave up. It was quicker to decouple and do it that way. I also did haul it up and over through a few of the horse step boxes, but that was only a recipe for breakage.

From there the TPT took us to Chorlton Water Park where after ice creams we had a pleasant, but bumpy ride up to Northenden before turning North for the ride home. That ribbon of occasional smooth single track is ok on a bike, but he wide track of the trailer meant a less smooth journey for the boys. I don’t think we’ll try that again.


We were home via a trip to the park to play on the swings after 2 hours riding and 16 miles hauling. My knees ache and I’m knackered but it was good to get out. Now I have a week to plan the next route…

Summer is Ace
July 10th, 2013

Nothing like a bit of sunshine to lift spirits. Even finding the singlespeed with a flat front wheel this morning didn’t dampen spirits. I just nipped up stairs and grabbed a spare tube and a pump and changed it outside with the boys before riding off to Nursery. To improve things further I had a ‘nicely done’ from some chap in the park negotiating the kissing gate with the trailer  in one smooth move.

Yesterday I looked for some new wheels for the road bike (I really fancy some Ksyrium ES or SL Anniversary Editions), but I think I will just try and get the freehub repaired on the Heliums with some spares from the Hub Doctor. Might keep an eye out for a set of Ksyriums nonetheless.

July 4th, 2013

So on the way back from the nursery yesterday I was a little enthusiastic with a right hander over a low curb coming into our private road and the next thing I knew the trailer was on it’s roof. Fortunately this was the return leg in the morning and so the boys weren’t upside down, but the entire contents of the stow net and pockets were well distributed  inside the trailer canopy. This morning I tried  again with a bit less pace and had it up onto one wheel again so it’s something to think about when out riding. I am sure that 20+ kilos of small children sitting inside would aid stability, but I don’t want to find out the hard way. So shhh, don’t tell the wife!

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