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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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Never Ending Story, La la la la la la la laaa

22 Feb 2008 at 14:34

Oh how I love it when the wind decides to appear again, not any wind, wind strong enough to fire you off the trail, but that could be the stupid big wheels.

Talking of stupid big wheels I have concluded the following:

  • Stupid big Wheels Hate The Wind
  • Stupid big Wheels Hate The Wet
  • Stupid big Wheels Hate The Bumps
  • Stupid big Wheels Hate The Hills

Nothing really happend on today's ride, apart from struggling to move forwards and not sideways. For locals, Heapy Fold Lane is a complete mess after someone* has scraped the top layer off, made it about 15ft wide and dumped a few tonnes of fist sized uncompressed stones on to it. Pretty sure this all unauthorised, and it's now a combination of stupidly gravelly and stupidly muddy leaving a ridable line about 1ft wide down 50% of the length of the bridleway.

* clown with a digger.

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Simonhttp://www.simonbarnes.net

14:49 22 Feb

Oh, I thought nobody would notice if I went for a play on my digger down there last night!

Tomhttp://tom.levell.eu

15:39 22 Feb

That's fairly normal for laying another layer on top.
You know like tarmac :0)

Tomhttp://tom.levell.eu

15:41 22 Feb

Boo

Brant Richardshttp://www.on-one.co.uk

15:58 22 Feb

Send the fucker back if you don't like it and I'll do you a 26in one!

matthttp://mattmagic.com

16:13 22 Feb

hey, I was just pointing out what it doesn't like.

Tomhttp://tom.levell.eu

16:45 22 Feb

Stone the non believer.

Ben

17:52 22 Feb

Touche Brant

miketuallyhttp://mactually.co.uk/

19:43 22 Feb

My Stupid little Wheels hated the wind, wet, bumps and hills yesterday.

Brant Richardshttp://www.on-one.co.uk

07:43 23 Feb

But all you ride is wet bumpy hilly rides, mostly in the wind!

If it aint working, it aint working. I can get your bike back and sell it to a French bloke to crash instead.

I thought your average speed had been quite high on it though?

Simonhttp://www.simonbarnes.net

08:43 23 Feb

Brant, you're forgetting that Matt moans about *any* bike that he's riding. He doesn't actually ride for fun, just to destroy himself :)

matthttp://mattmagic.com

12:35 23 Feb

LOL simon

@Brant, yes, you are completely correct, but I'm actually quite enjoying the challenge of ultimate power, and 30milers are quite tiring now rather than being a bit easy.

I reckon swapping tyres might help, and dropping the bars down/changing grips might help.

Avg speed does seem higher, whcih might explain the tiredness, today, despite a very strong wind I managed 12.9mph for 38.9 miles! I really don't notice I am riding that fast, I thought I was actually going quite slowly.

The main problem on it, it rear wheel drag and my wrists hurting like hell, btu I think the latter might be the grips I threw on being a bit thin.

richhttp://www.lifeinthebuslane.com

15:21 23 Feb

How different is the gearing on the gayer compared with your "normal" bikes?

Raoulhttp://www.raouligan.co.uk

15:55 23 Feb

Get some Racing Ralph's on it, if the 29er ones are as good as the 26" version they'll rock, they could be a bit fragile for you though Matt....

matthttp://mattmagic.com

16:50 23 Feb

From what I can gather you wouldn't want to use them around here, plus they're 32quid a piece!

{I actually have a pr for Dave here.}

Raoulhttp://www.raouligan.co.uk

17:26 23 Feb

They are lovely tyres though, and also reasonably priced when you buy them from Germany ....

matthttp://mattmagic.com

17:35 23 Feb

28 quid?

Raoulhttp://www.raouligan.co.uk

17:45 23 Feb

I thing they worked out at 45 including packaging for a pair which seemed about right for Kevlar beaded tyres.

granthttp://www.septimus.org

20:41 23 Feb

He can't return it anyway. He's swapped out / sold some of the bits.....

:-)

Anyway Booth, TTFU.

Simonhttp://www.simonbarnes.net

20:44 23 Feb

I need to have a go on it sometime. Not yet though, singlespeeds suck in winter.

matthttp://mattmagic.com

20:55 23 Feb

"He can't return it anyway. He's swapped out / sold some of the bits....."

I've broken bits too ;)

I have turned the stem upside down as, after comparing with the Chameleon the bars were about 2inches higher, which could explain the wrist pain.

and TTFU = STFU

granthttp://www.septimus.org

23:20 23 Feb

"I've broken bits too ;)"

Well as long as it's not the bits you are going to send to me. :-)

"Not yet though, singlespeeds suck in winter."

Nah. Weather sucks in winter.

matthttp://mattmagic.com

23:26 23 Feb

No your bits are safe in a box which I really need to post.

I should have time on Monday to do that.

granthttp://www.septimus.org

23:54 23 Feb

Phew!!!!!!

:-)

granthttp://www.septimus.org

21:21 27 Feb

And thanks, obviously.

[forgot that bit!!]

matthttp://mattmagic.com

21:31 27 Feb

Erm. likely to be friday before I can post, now.

granthttp://www.septimus.org

17:39 29 Feb

aaaaaaaaaaah, okiley dokiley doo.

matthttp://mattmagic.com

17:46 29 Feb

It wasn't today.

Might have to wait a couple of weeks now, as I don't have any time at all to do anything, but work and ride.

Could be Monday though.

granthttp://www.septimus.org

11:34 01 Mar

A couple of weeks.....

I'd be quicker jumping on a train and coming down to collect the things. :-)

matthttp://mattmagic.com

14:07 01 Mar

This is what happens when you work 11+ hours a day and ride for 3 more.

fuck all time for owt else.

granthttp://www.septimus.org

12:30 02 Mar

Monday would be 2000% of handy. The other option - infinitely less so. :-)

matthttp://mattmagic.com

15:17 02 Mar

It's boxed and labeled....

granthttp://www.septimus.org

22:59 02 Mar

I have my fingers crossed now.....

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