Singlespeed Action

After far too long I have finally managed to get IF#2 to a built state. It’s not quite finished and I still haven’t managed to get out for a ride on it. By the time it was ready to take photos of it this afternoon the light was fading and the photos came out really crap. I’ll get some more taken when I get out on the beast.

It’s custom geometry (built to fit), with custom paint and panels and brazings. The team at IF did a fantastic job on the panels and they turned out just as I hoped. The finish is almost like that photoreactive paint you get on TVRs, it changes hue depending on the light. I’m really pleased with it. So a pair of singlespeed disc wheels are next, although I haven’t finalised the spec for those. I’ve got some of the new hope floating rotor discs on the way and probably a few other bits and bobs that need tinkering with.

Here are the photos:

IF#2 _ IF#2 _ IF#2

The old singlespeed is still waiting to be sold on. I’ve even got a pair of Bomber forks for it with a brand new steerer waiting to be fitted on. I’ll try and sort that out over the next few days, but with work, the upcoming viva and other stuff I don’t feel I have much time for doing much these days.

Pete Basinger is the Independent Fabrication rider that placed second at this years Great Divide Race. Not deterred he’s doing it again next year and has set up this website. Look Matt Chester’s doing it too! Big respect to Pete and all the riders signing up for this event, it makes RAMM look like a walk in the park. Pete has also suggested:

I understand you do some endurance races over there, so you should consider this one.  If not the GDR, there’s some good winter races in AK that seem to be pretty popular with the Brits (I hope that’s not considered derogatory) www.susitna100.com and www.alaskaultrasport.com.

Endurance racing in Alaska. In winter. Team Rothar? There’s an idea to consider over the Christmas break…

Finally this one is for the girls:

From: Katie
Subject: 20 Reasons

20 Reasons why a girl should call it a night

1. You have absolutely no idea where your bag is.

2. You truly believe that dancing with your arms overhead and wiggling your bottom while yelling “She Bangs She Bangs” is truly the hottest dance move around!!!

3. You’ve suddenly decided that you want to fight someone and you  honestly believe that you could do it too.

4. In your last trip to the toilet you realise you now look more like Lily Savage than the goddess you were just four hours ago.

5. You drop your 3:00 a.m. kebab on the floor, pick it up and carry on eating it.

6. You start crying and telling everyone you see that you love them sooooo much.

7. There are less than three hours before you’re due to start work.

8. You’ve found a deeper/spiritual side to the geek sitting next to you.

9. The man you’re flirting with used to be your biology teacher.

10. The urge to take off articles of clothing, stand on a table and sing or dance becomes strangely overwhelming.

11. Your eyes just don’t seem to want to stay open on their own so you decide to keep them half closed and think it looks exotic

12. You seem to think that it’s a really good idea to get your mates to push you down the street in a shopping trolley.

13. You yell at the bartender, who (you think) cheated you by giving you just lemonade, but that’s just because you can no longer taste the vodka.

14. You think you’re in bed, but the pillow feels strangely like the kitchen floor.

15. You start every conversation with a booming, “DON’T take this the WRONG WAY but…”

16. You fail to notice that the toilet lid’s down when you sit on it.

17. You’re hugs begin to resemble wrestling take-down moves.

18. You’re soooo tired you just sit on the floor (wherever you happen to
be standing)

19. You begin leaving the buttons open on your button flypants to cut down on the time you’re in the bathroom away from your drink.

20. You take your shoes off because you really believe it’s their fault that you’re having problems walking straight.

Author: Cris Bloomfield

Usually mountain biking in the North.

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