Monday, 5 October 2009

Happy Birthday To Me

Ready for both winter and the hills in the background
As a birthday treat and I have rewarded myself with, maybe not the most original brithday present for a cyclist, but one that scratches a few itches that I've been meaning to have a go at for a while. 

Careful use of classified adds and eBay and I have an 8-speed Alfine internal gear hub plugged into a frame with sliding vertical dropouts, including the rear disc mount (in this instance I have managed to get hold of a lovely 20" Voodoo Wanga) and up front I have plugged in the upside down, braceless Maverick SC32 fork. The tyres are set up tubeless. All of this is meant to represent the best in winter/mud bike solutions for a no-hassle, reliable-shifting, mud-clogging-proof wonder machine. to add an extra element of durability I have a Surly stainless steel chainring up front and a steel sprocket on the rear. The single gear cable runs a full length outer, 'natch ;-)

Can't wait to ride the pants off it!

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Dusk 'Till Dawn 12hr Pairs 2009

Waiting on the start line.....
Pic: Joolze Dymond
After achieving more than we could have hope for in 2008's Dusk 'Till Dawn, I once again lined up with my good friend Gavin for a second crack at male pairs. The evening didn't quite turn out as we hoped, but we finished third and, once again, on the podium and were very, very happy to have made it there in the end.

Another great weekend's great fun racing, success snatched from the jaws of disaster and yet another 12hrs racing in drivetrain and rider ruining rain.