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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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200 into 29

15 Feb 2008 at 17:30

I've put 200 miles into the 29er now, and, I can't say I can find any differences from 26er, apart from they don't like riding into roaring wind over bumpy paths, but that's more likely to be the rigid forks.

My arms are still bloody sore every ride, too, something that's never happened using rigid forks before, but, then again, compared to this year's 200 miles rigid last years 4,000 were soft. I'm very much considering some suspension forks for the bike, as frankly, I'm coming very close to a big crash each time I go out as the front wheel pogos off the ground off the millions of exposed rocks.

Oh, the wind was back in full effect today, and in the worst possible direction for a good ride, amazingly I did a 13mph avg which is stupid fast, considering I have to back off about 20% on downhills at the moment.

30.4mls (13.0avg) | Dry, V Windy, 5°c, Cold, Sun

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Stop Hurting Me

09 Feb 2008 at 12:35


I finally rolled out of bed at late o'clock today, swapped the rear pads on the 29er, then headed out into a remarkably nice looking day, 7degrees burning sun, (cough, bloody strong wind).

First things that were apparent was I was knackered and my quads were burning, great, then 5miles in CREAK CREAK CREAK.. oh great, CREAK CREAK CREAK.. SHUT THE F**K UP! ARGH!

Then I got a headache from being the constant bumpity bump around the trails, then my triceps started to really hurt from the bumpity bumps then my wrists started to hurt from the bumpity bumping.

Only bagged another 30, slower than yesterday (not surprising given the pain and 270 degrees of wind). Still absolutely knackered.

I'm pretty sure the creaking's the chain, but could be the BB cups, I can pretty much guarantee they were dry-installed, but it's more likely to be the chain - I've had this noise before, more of a squeekcreak than a crackingcreak.

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30.5mls (12.4avg) | Dry, Windy, Warm, Sun, 7-10°c;

Brought up 800 miles for 2008, not bad for 26 ride / me not really trying.


29er Impressions

08 Feb 2008 at 22:34

So.. basically.. 29ers are just bikes really. I couldn't tell ANY difference between a 26er and this 29er.

It might have been the over inflated tyres, rigid forks and horrible wind that masked any super-special-29er-effects, but it's probably more that 29er benefits are more apparent on smoother trails and the ones I deal with on a daily basis.

Summary: Bike shaped bike rides like a bike. People that bang on about them being super ace probably ride them like grannies.

30.6miles (12.8avg) | Dry, V Windy, 10°c


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