Saturday, 5 December 2009

"My headsets a bit gritty"

That's what he thought, "might need a bit of grease"

you can see mud drizzling out of the bottom.

inside it was indeed gritty. Bits of broken bearing race in a tasty greasy paste. nasty.

(Not my bike! I hasten to state: just an example of how a fault can get gradually worse without you noticing just how bad it's got!)

Monday, 7 September 2009

oil shortage solved

now we've reached peak oil, solutions are needed. I propose scraping used oil off bicycles :-)

Sunday, 30 August 2009

a strange find and a lucky one

Spotted this wierd thing in an access archway - it appears to me some kind of mutant push-trike.

Brian's bike: he had a fellow rider crash into his back wheel at a set of traffic lights (!) and his gear change went a little adrift, so we had a quick look. Fortunately I looked at the front of the bike as well as the back. The gear cable felt a bit iffy so I looked inside. It was down to two or three strands.
This happened as I pulled the cable through. Phew - caught it in time. This was a brand new cable only a couple of weeks ago, I guess the collision with his derailleur pulled the cable back hard enough to break the cable..

Thursday, 20 August 2009

A heroic bodge and a sad one

This home made recumbent is heroic! it's like a 'bent rat bike. the chainset at the sharp end has a triple on it, going down to five of the gears on a freewheel at the middle, the low ring of which runs the chain back to the ?six?seven? speed freewheel at the back wheel. I can figure out how many gears that works out as.

It has a bit of rusty pipe to steer with, and I think that might have been a life-jacket to sit on. A work of sheer brilliance!
This on the other hand is just poor. How the 'mechanic' who fitted these didn't realise that it was wrong, I don't know. Could have been dead wrong....

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

A few wierd things from the coal face

You get some good odd things going adrift on bicycles. I thought I might post a few here.

This is a really well done bodge. Instead of using cable ties, we have a self-tapping screw holding the speedo mount on. If it was near the end of the bars, maybe OK, but right near the middle... I was scared by the potential for pain. Customer was advised strongly to get new bars, bet he hasn't.

The two above are of a pedal-powered narrow boat on the Kennet and Avon canal. HFCIT?
Arguably rather nice use of a brass hinge as as pannier and brake mount!! We did change this when it came in for a service.

August and not raining!

Took a day to go ride with number one son Jasper and his riding buddy Harry Bikehike is a brilliant routemapping site, by the way. check it out.

These are at the bottom of the long descent off south Hessary tor, which is rocky and quite technical - you have to focus ahead to get a good line, but keep aware of the 'baby's head' rocks just in front. Lots of little airs and big grins.

Shady woods and cool streams.
Especially this - the Devonport Leat. We dunked our heads in this to get refreshed. Lovely and cool.

This is a view of the gateway to MorrrrrDorrrrr, on the old railway line heading for Princetown.

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

A different type of singletrack

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We have a friend, Dawn, who flogged her house and bought a narrowboat. A very sensible idea. We were lucky enough to have the chance to stay on board for the weekend recently.

This is the scene on saturday morning. My beer was lovely, you are technically not supposed to drunk 'drive' (reasonable enough tbh) but there is no-one to enforce it!
It is incredibly relaxing being overtaken by walkers, ducks and fast moving fish (probably - the water is not all that clear; you can't be sure if there's any fish in there!)

We got on board at Avoncliffe, and chugged down to Dundas. I cycled back on sunday to get the car, and I have to say it was a lovely ride, with no hills at all!

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Princetown in the spring

A loverly spring day, lambs frisking, mountainbikers scattered all over the moor

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Out of Princetown on the bridlepath south passing South Hessary Tor, first right and a lovely loooong rocky track

down by the wonderfully named Crazy Well Pool into the woods and up by Blowing House ruins. Found some trolls in a cellar.

We followed the Devonport Leat SW then cut north along a cycle route to join the disused railway line. Granite sleepers are harsh to ride over!

Grinding up the hill to cut off a corner where the old line went looping around King's Tor, joining the road just west of Rundlestone, and following the road back to princetown, for a reward

There's Princetown brewed Jail Ale at the end of the rainbow :-)

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Dartmoor Epic

Pete from Braking Wind had suggested a ride on Dartmoor, fine idea!
I drove down with Jasper (#1 son) and Harry (Jaspers buddy) to Pete's place near Bovey Tracey, to meet him and Emmet.

We rode down to Bovey, then up Lustliegh Cleave to Manaton,

THe woods were beautiful, sun spearing through the trees, mud and rock at grippy consistency, good temperature... big big climb to Manaton. Then round to Jay's Grave, and on to Hound Tor where someone had left some furniture in a field.

Ace! There was snow still lying up here too, so there was some slippy slidy falling off fun, before attacking the descent to Manaton. Hilarious Dartmoor rock chiutes and boulder rolling down off the moor and back home for cake.

Exmoor in winter

In between Christmas and New Years I got together with a couple of people I hadn't seen since quitting Bike Shed to become an instructor. We met up, did the usual twiddling around of cars and headed for Exmoor

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Carhampton, massive climb and massive descent to Dunster, up over the ridge and a rock crashing drop to Wooton Courtenay, back up and over and looping round home. 20 miles to the yard and 5500m of climbing according to Dan's GPS!

Exmoor = middle earth. If you look carefully you can see a hobbit riding his mountainbike up here
there was this sign saying unsuitable for motor vehicles....

singlespeed moving fast!

Below: helmet hair as a proof of ride quality!

some watery bint proffering a singlespeed out of a pond is hardly a sound basis for a government