Mountain Bike Shenanigans

June 30th, 2016

Hamsterley by the Mast

Throughout the English-speaking world ‘gnat’ is usually reserved for small, biting flies, allied to mosquitoes but most of the groups for which British entomologists have used the word do not bite. Note that the only groups of British Diptera which ‘bite’ (and only female flies do so) are species of Culicidae (mosquitoes), Scatopsidae (blackflies), ceratopogonidae (biting-midges), Tabanidae (horseflies) and Muscidae (houseflies and allies). In some parts of the world Ceratopogonidae are called ‘no-see-ums’ because females are small, do not whine like mosquitoes, and attack en masse, producing a large number of suppurating spots.

Little buggers got me good tonight at Hamsterley Forest. Gnats. Millions of ’em.

June 5th, 2016

This week I rode the road bike for the first time in a year. Felt good to get out on something fast but the handling takes a bit of getting used to.

Titanium Crown Jewel - New tyres

After a bit of a shake down over a few days riding, I fitted some new tyres as the Schwalbe Ultimos that came on the Ksyriums had started to crack. After that I decided it was time for new tread and to move up to 25mm. Not sure there is any advantage in the bigger size – 2mm isn’t a lot.

Not a good sign

The jury is out on the Mavic Yksion replacements

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