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Goin' Crazy in 2009

  • Offroad Riding - 13002.72 miles [289]
  • Aborted Riding - 61.00 miles [3]
  • Turbo Trainer - 33.70 miles [3]
  • (TOC) 13063.72 miles
  • (TA) 13097.42 miles

Hurtin' in 2008

  • Offroad Riding - 10602.84 miles [300]
  • Turbo Trainer - 130.20 miles [8]
  • Running - 114.56 miles [24]
  • Aborted Riding - 37.20 miles [2]
  • (TOC) 10640.04 miles
  • (TR) 114.56 miles
  • (TA) 10884.8 miles

Riding in 2007

  • Offroad Riding - 8365.93 miles [300]
  • Road Riding - 3599.80 miles [70]
  • Turbo Trainer - 50.90 miles [3]
  • (TOC) 11965.73 miles
  • (TA) 12016.63 miles

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  • 2004 Pink Surly 1x1
  • 2000 Kona Kaboom
  • 2006 Santa Cruz Chameleon





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29er - 5 Weeks

14 Mar 2008 at 20:21

I've copyrighted that hose routing! - and the rotor's on backwards.


Well..... Those Are Past Their Best

13 Mar 2008 at 19:00

I have no idea how I managed a full ride on these!

Surprisingly the ring's a 33, so I'm going to 32/17 as a replacement, which is handy as I have those bits, but I just bought two 18t's which I guess I won't be using now, unless I go to 34/18 next time I need to buy a new chainring.

Next I need to fit a working brake, today was a bit sketch with no rear as my cornering style relies on dumping speed and tipping in a the last second... today it was more, PANIC and lean like crazy not nice on soggy silt!


Loose da Toobes

09 Mar 2008 at 15:30

After my 8th pinch flat on the 29er, I'm actually at the point I'm going to have to consider a tubeless set up.

Given I need a new rim anyway (I've managed to bed it even more during this morning's shenanigans, so, what type of rim should i go with? I'm not really up on tubeless, but is UST or a Stan's type system better? - I bet Raoul knows, he knows a lot about weird stuff like this.

It's either tubeless, hoping my newly purchased DH tube fits and works, or using suspension forks.


40 for 50

09 Mar 2008 at 14:01

Today marked my fiftieth ride of the year, marked with a hard work 41.8miles.

So what broke, I hear you ask? Well, Massive pinchflat to rim into rocks, front wheel seems more wobbly now, then .3miles after fixing the flat the tyre unseated and WANG, I the the bike away into more rocks. Fitting 26" tube around a 29er rim always carries the chance of messing up, despite checking.

Legs, they broke, I was 'chewing bar' for the last 5 miles.

The chainring and chain were making a nice sawing sound, but magically didn't unship at all - WOO!

Windy and wet again - people everywhere.

I still can't decide if 29ers are better than 26ers or not. I could do with less pinch flat though, but that's more down to the wind preventing me from gliding over the miles of stones.

41.8mls (12.2avg) | Dry, V Windy, 6°c, V Muddy.


Shake Rattle and Roll

23 Feb 2008 at 17:41

38.9 miles - 12.9 avg

In very windy conditions, so not a bad effort, and explains why I was hurting so much towards the end (hurting so much I didn't want to breathe).

I don't even realise I'm riding all that fast, I have to assume that for my natural RPM the 29er moves faster than my 26er. I have never really bothered to find out, I assumed it was geared so one revolution would move the bike a comparable distance, but thinking about it, it's more likely that the FORCE required to move one revolution is the same, but the distance is more, or something... I feel an experiment coming on....

/ disappears for a while


The WD40 can indicates the start of the bike.

29er test

The GT85 can is the where the 29er ends after one crank turn, the Screwfix chain lube can (blue) is where the 26er ends.

29er test

So I guess the bikes are pretty evenly matched.


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