Thursday, 26 March 2015
I've recently written about how the fat bike "ruined" the ride on a ordinary mountain bike and how on a fat bike you ride like you are piloting a full suspension bike and plough over things rather than picking the most efficient line. Well now having ridden the full suspension bike I can reveal that it felt totally alien! Suddenly there are roots littering the trail. there are bumps and drops, all taken with a blasé attitude on the fat tyred bike. Turn into a corner and even though the trails have dried out fantastically there was no grip in comparison to having a 4" tyre. Things improved the further we pedalled as we got used to the limitations but for me the worst thing was climbing, Even though the bike is probably 10lbs lighter i hated the way it climbed, the front end lifting on steep gradients and that feeling of your power being robbed by the suspension movement front and rear. I'm seriously considering taking a HT to Wales instead. further testing needed i think!
the force of suddenly having no resistance on the pedals catapulted me over the bars and then desperately trying not to roll down the bank at the side of the path and into the murky water!
Not the best ride I've had for a while.
Thursday, 19 March 2015
one day, two rides, asleep on the sofa by 4pm
As i started the steep climb out of the woods i suddenly went from a nice low climbing gear to the highest hardest gear instantly! I got off pretty sharpish and examined the rear mech. the gear cable was flapping loose, the nut must have come off!. I spent the next few minutes looking for it as i didn't fancy the ride home in the hardest gear. It was then Dan checked the mech and saw that the nut was still there, so used to shimano gears I'd looked where one of their fasteners usually is, saw nothing and assumed it had gone. Dan though knew where to look and all i needed to do was rethread the cable and tighten the nut, how embarrassing!
there was a treat for us though to fortify us for the return journey and that was Tea and biscuits and Dan's folks.
Wednesday, 18 March 2015
Tuesday, 17 March 2015
The trail pixies have been busy too and the Kids trail has gained a couple of drops, which we noticed as we pedalled up to the start. Trouble is it's jut these kind of feature that might make this trail get closed down. If an inexperienced rider has a bad fall here and emergency services are involved it'll bring the trail to the attention of the rangers who I'm sure will take a dim view especially in this day and age of litigation.
Monday, 9 March 2015