Very poor signal here so blog posts might be lean on photos…
In north Devon in a caravan for the weekend.
No mountain bike!
Post might be late due to no signal…
Well it might not be and I am talking about brake rotors…
Everyday is a school day in this game. Having a little google today I stumbled across the following article on Bike Radar -
I hadn’t really thought about this until today. My Giant and my Rockhopper both have 180 front and 160 rear rotors, so I am confused by the article saying DH riders run those sizes as these are the standard size for my bikes..
If I had more time I might investigate further, but if anyone has any comments I am all ears.
Not a lot has happened today, but news from my world is our youngest cat Bella has been missing for 24 hours.
Just a little tabby, who likes to bite your nose when you get in her face but we love her loads… She purrs when she bites your nose by the way, I tell my wife that she thinks she’s giving us a kiss!
Anyway the kids are upset and we are worried about her.
We adore our cats. Me and my wife Paula have lost two to cars and can’t stand it when they break their routine and don’t come home we expect them…
Hurry up and come home Bella!!!
Just a brief notice to tell you about the new planet friendly lubricant and degreaser I bought from Green Oil.
Using recycled bottles and materials and all products free from horrible damaging chemicals, award winning Green Oil products are the safest bike products you can buy.
But don’t listen to me go and take a look at the website, read the reviews and get some yourself.
I got mine via MB Swindon with a limited time club discount.
Well these pictures aren’t the best, they are stills from my pocket camera and the video I was making tonight… In isolation they look ok, the blur indicates speed and excitement, and it felt like it at the time. But when I watched the video back it was like watching slow motion!
Why is that??? Video uploading to YouTube right now I will post a link tomorrow.
Edit – here it is:
Also take a look at the SlopeJunkies flying their quads around my local hills…
I mentioned yesterday that I was still on the hunt for new obstacles when out riding my local routes. Well yesterday I found one that was in plain view but I never considered it was rideable.
Having the full sus bike back meant I was looking to hit some of the new stuff I had found recently while out on my 29er. This was all good, I even revisited my old nemesis – a steep rooty drop between some trees. I am still yet to try this on my 29er though theory says it should cope with it fine.
Anyway the new drop, is a bunch of roots on a side of banking right next to the tree the roots belong too. If you look at the picture you will see its not too steep but it is really rooty. Definitely no front braking here!
I took a short run up – unfortunately due to the surrounding terrain a long run up isn’t possible – and hit it. Lifting the front wheel just a bit so it didn’t catch I dropped in found the run out to have more roots and loose leaves and twigs. I could feel myself breathing harder and I had a few more goes to make sure I had the technique right.
As usual the picture doesn’t always do an obstacle the justice it deserves, but I can assure you this steeper than the picture makes it look! When tackling this my front wheel was coming up somewhere near where the rear wheel is in the picture and landing somewhere off to the left.
With some confidence I was soon flying over the new obstacle and adding one more to the list for an upcoming ride I am leading.
This little wood has the potential for some filming so I plan to take the cameras up there soon and make a little edit out of the roots and drops and little jumps.
The title of the blog post is referring to the fact that once committed you had to do this. The roots mean that braking is not an option…
I had a great ride this morning. First time on the full sus for a while and the first time out with the new KS dropper post on.
I got chase by a helicopter
Met some tame wildlife
Went down a rather muddy bridle way
Found a new trail obstacle
And had a chat with some cows…
Unfortunately I need to go out in 30 mins so I will have to fill you in tomorrow.