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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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20 Aug 2007 at 13:21

I have an idea how to reduce my rear brake pad wear, it's going to be very Blue Peter, if it works I'm a genius, for sure it's going to be ugly so be prepared to laugh / call the STW fashion police. It's based around the theory that most of the grit that gets into the brake comes off the heel of my shoe, something I'd been investigating over the weekend.... maybe I'll have a picture of my invention later.

today's ride: Road, Hard work, cold resistive air, it felt so much like autumn it was incredible, back wheel sliding all over the place. Pretty boring really, don't recall any murder attempts.

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14:35 20 Aug

"the theory that most of the grit that gets into the brake comes off the heel of my shoe"

What's the basis for that theory?


14:53 20 Aug

When I ride though puddles pedaling there's a significant amount more grinding immediately after than there is if I freewheel though the same puddle at the same speed.

However deeper puddles don't make much of a difference, as it's hard to pedal though those as you're unweighted, it's easier to freewheel then pedal, and usually the speed is enough that the water fires sideways from the tyre rather than upwards, so the rotors pretty much in clean air, sometimes if you pedal straight after you can deflect water and grit back at the brake.


15:24 20 Aug

Something like this:



15:30 20 Aug

I never pedal through puddles and my pads last *ages*


16:47 20 Aug

Spot on, Dave :) - exept mine will be made from more yoghurt pots.

Yes, Simon, you ride slower than me.


21:37 20 Aug

Yoghurt pots...


21:38 20 Aug



21:49 20 Aug

It'll be awesome and in no way make people laugh :)


21:51 20 Aug

It'll be awesome and in no way make people laugh :)

No more than they do already :)


21:52 20 Aug

ahh yes, thy laugh until I leave them sucking on my dirt splatter.


22:05 20 Aug

It's ages since you've overtaken me, not sure if you even could now :)


22:08 20 Aug

Yeah take Matt on a day ride and you'd beat him Simon, he'd spend three hours changing brake pads ;0)


22:08 20 Aug

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