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  • (TOC) 13063.72 miles
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  • Running - 114.56 miles [24]
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  • (TOC) 11965.73 miles
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Final Countdown

30 Dec 2007 at 18:31 Filed Under:

(I can imagine these guys are no strangers to the wedgie)

Hard one this moomin, 36.8miles, just shy of 3 hours, sloppy trails, *busy* trails. Swapping to Vanillas on the Chameleon just hasn;t worked, they seem even more solid than the SC32's so I'm just pinging around more and more, oh well, 1 to go.

36.8miles (12.7avg) | Dry, THERE WAS NO WIND!, V V Muddy, 5°c, 1,271.62m climbing

Today sees the end of the SEVENTY SECOND consecutive week of riding, that's a lot, thank the chuff I end tomorrow, I'd probably carry on if I lived in a better environment, but, by the time I can afford to move I'll be too old to ride every day anyway!

The People Comment: (8 responses)

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18:48 30 Dec

Which spring did you have in the Vanillas? The set I borrowed from you were super supple, really nice to use.


18:54 30 Dec

Standard, can't use the springs from the other vanillas as they are wrong length.

these vanillas are from 01.

oh and you weigh probably 25kgs more than me.
Even the 'squish them in the kitchen' test they don't move very fast, I expect they're just knackered, I'll try to make the sc's work properly during the winter, quite fancy some Magura Laurins (or Menjas) though, but no point when I have 2 prs of 32s

Anyway, everything's getting pulled apart on Monday (or thrown in the corner to rot) and I'll look at it when I've got though my super long list of 'non bike' stuff done.


19:02 30 Dec

You should have fitted the set I borrowed and put the lighter spring back in them.


19:06 30 Dec

That would be useless, can't ride a singlespeed without a lockout, or it steals all your forward power.

Works fine on geared, as you tend to sit down and spin more.

I need a slap, just been looking at DT (Pace) forks...

Then I played with the SC32s and they need 120psi in them to make them full length, as soon as you drop the pressure the legs pull back in, meaning their shorter, god knows how you're supposed to counteract that effect, as, ISTR, the negative pressure (or whatever it is) is in the other leg.

I bet running shoes don't have this problem :)


19:15 30 Dec

Any running shoes I've had have been far mor problematic than forks - they've all broken my shins :(

Does sound like you have too much negative pressure in the SC32s. Either that or they're broken :) You could try either of my sets but the steerers are probably too short.


19:20 30 Dec

Lighter negative spring should mean that the fork 'sucks back' less (or, it requires less pressure to extend them)

God knows if you can actually get these springs though, X-Light seems to be about 60% of the standard spring's strength.

Your forks will be same as mine, anyway.

I bet the forks are ace if there were full length and full travel, something I've never had.

I will be breaking my shins no doubt, but hopefully, mixing trail runs in will be a little 'softer' on them, I'll have to drive to Rivi though, so I'll need to make my car work first!


19:27 30 Dec

On Boxing day there was someone else at rivi with SC's and his definitely moved more than mine on small bumps, his came with bike, so I assume they had more proper bits inside them.

right, new springs, adjust shim stack, new oil, add some pixie magic.. and I have 3 months in which to do this, blisssssss


11:20 31 Dec

Sod forks, what about the headbanger celloist in the middle? RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!

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