Mountain Bike Shenanigans

Going to be a Cold One.
December 22nd, 2017

Snow by the end of November and through out December. Going to be more I reckon. Seasonal photos from County Durham…

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Ride it. Break it. Fix it.
October 29th, 2017

Newly rebuilt Scott Chubby. Broken. Welsh rock is tough stuff.

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List of destruction:

  • Rear wheel (rebuild due to mullered spokes)
  • Rear mech
  • Mech hanger
  • Chain
  • Rear disc pads (random spoke became wedged and damaged)

Fortunately it was the final descent into Llangollen after two epic days riding around North Wales. So I’ll consider myself lucky.

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More Scott Maintenance
October 28th, 2017

So after the Dark Peak adventure back in August the rear wheel on the Scott started playing up and the tyres needed sorting (slow flat in the front) plus a solution to pinch flats was needed. So strip down time. Investigation reveals that the free hub bearings were seized solid and the hub bearings were both on the way out. So old ones out:

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New bearings for the Syncros hubs to go in (2x 6902 and 2x 6903) with hopefully better quality bearings and seals

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All back together and ready to roll.

More Scott Bearing Maintenance

On the tyre and tube front after a bit of research I’ve plumbed for the Schwalbe Procore dual pressure system. Best way to describe it is a road bike tyre with no tread and a small tube running at 80-90psi inside the main chubby tyre which is inflated via a special valve and runs sealant.

More Scott Bearing Maintenance

It sounds more complicated than it is. The kit is comprehensive and it all goes together okay. The biggest challenge is getting the chubby tyres to seal on the rims. Mine both were leaking at the valve but with some faffage I reckon the sealant and a couple of rim side o-rings have done the job. At this stage it could be epic or an expensive mistake. Let’s see what two days hard trail riding delivers…

More Scott Bearing Maintenance

Ti Cross Deluxe
October 22nd, 2017

At the end of last year I started building up a new winter bike. Independent Fabrication legendary collector Jam Price let one of his fleet go, I bought a second hand cross bike that had been used twice for parts and by January I was hacking about on a decent steed and working out what was needed to make it right. I’d worked out that cross bike parts would go on a 26″ IF without any problems and after the Aquamarine Fade Planet Cross, I’d decided that the next one needed to be Ti and disc equipped. So behold the updated and reimagined vision that proves that 26″ wheeled mountain bikes have untapped potential.

Independent Fabrication Ti Cross Deluxe

Independent Fabrication Ti Cross Deluxe

Independent Fabrication Ti Cross Deluxe

Back to the Peak
August 20th, 2017

I thought I’d close up a great summer of riding on the Scott by heading back to an old stomping ground and riding some of the trails that first introduced me to the Dark Peak. In about 1997 when I moved to Manchester it was one of the first rides I did, back then on a rigid hardtail with 21 gears. Riding into Edale is one of my favourite routes. I parked up in Hayfield and road in over Jacobs Ladder and back via Mount Famine. All was good until about 30 seconds after this photo when I got a pinch puncture.

Jacobs Ladder, Edale

I drew blood on both thumbs trying to unseat the beads of the tyres and then when I eventually did, they then wouldn’t seat properly again. To top it all the patches I put on the tube didn’t stick and ten minutes later I was stopped again this time by the river getting eaten by midges whilst I changed it again. After that I was back on it cleaning the ascent up Chapel Gate and nailing it all the way back to Hayfield. Proper ride.

IMBA: Long Live Long Rides