Twinkly Dave – Mud splattered bicycle and pizza enthusiast Growing old disgracefully

January 30, 2007

M.B.R.

Filed under: bikes,lunacy - mine — dgpowell @ 12:50 pm

Which, of course, stands for Monster Big Ride.
Plans for MBR #1 of 2007 are now underway. Used as half training half “lets just do something impressive for the sake of it” MBR #1 will hopefully comprise parts of the Pennine Bridleway (the rideable version), Mary Towneley Loop and 3 Towers routes – and is therefore mostly off road – and is set to take place on 9th Feb.

vague route plan for MBR1

January 26, 2007

Continuing ad nausium…

Filed under: bikes,on-one — dgpowell @ 10:29 am

Took yesterday afternoon off work and went for a ride, after tuesday’s case of severe boredom didn’t wear off and the weather seemed really far too nice to watch slip by out of an office window.
I took the scandal with it’s latest set of brake pads out in the glorious winter sun for a nice cruise over rivington pike, darwen tower and those woods near abbey village, hoping for “proper winter” frozen ground, which i duly got…with a lot of sheet ice thrown in for good measure!
I’ll just say that the bike rocked even though i wasn’t ‘pinning it’ for the whole ride (this being Base Training season, with me in the midst of an LSD addiction for the upcoming race season), allowed me to leave everyone i saw behind even with a low average heart rate of 141bpm, let me nail rutted icy singletrack like some sort of skilled rider and just generally made me grin even more than riding in glorious weather when i should have been in work would have done normally. It’s becoming a lovlier and lovlier bike to ride up hill for extended periods, over bumpy ground and back down for extended periods too!

/pauses for breath

I took a fair few photos, however they were on my somewhat battered £2.99 EZSnapz disposable camera (the same on i took to the strathpuffer and drenched), so you’ll just have to wait for me to finish the film before you get to see just how lovely and clear it was 🙂

OH, and i got home to discover that 47miles after i set off i still had brake pad left, lots of brake pad, in fact they didn’t seem worn down at all!
Hurrah!
Being fully sintered pads they had less stopping power than resin ones (it was still one finger braking down all the descents mind you, even the one from the winter hill masts to belmont, which was coated in patches of sheet ice meaning i was on the brakes over the whole mile) and seemed to pump up quicker than other sintered pads i’ve used…but they were still there at the end of the ride, and that’s what counts!

January 23, 2007

Bored now

Filed under: not bikes,work — dgpowell @ 2:44 pm

Looks nice outside, but i’m stuck inside the office (well, I’m going to a meeting in a minute, but it still doesn’t involve being outside in the nice weather). Have a couple of random (and, for once, non-bike related) pictures.

ridley fascinated

butterfly

January 22, 2007

For the nay-sayers

Filed under: bikes,on-one — dgpowell @ 1:25 pm

Did the Leisure Lakes XC race yesterday, even though i really didn’t think i should – after the strathpuffer i imagined my legs would just give up the ghost and leave me like a lame duck – on the scandal. It seemed the right thing to do, what with Brant letting me keep hold of it for a bit.

I stood on the start line, shivering, after a horrible ride there into a headwind and nasty hail and wondered how much difference running a 29er on a course made up almost entirely of tight singletrack with several hairpin bends round trees (tight enough for me to almost clash bars with someone as i went round the bend in front of them and headed back in their direction!) would make.
From the go and for the first 3 laps i was in a whole world of trouble, culminating in being undertaken twice going round said hairpin bends. It wasn’t until the 4th lap, after i’d retaken the lost places in a sprint down the only straight section of the course, that i remembered how several people had described a different technique for hurtling round corners on a 29er. I gave it a go round the first hairpin and amazed myself by not ending up in the bramble bushes on the outside of the corner. To convince myself it wasn’t a fluke i tried it again on the next hairpin, this one having a nice slimy puddle on the exit. It wasn’t a fluke.

A bit of readjusting of riding style round the rest of the course and i was able to keep enough speed up to ride away from everone and win, hurrah!

So there you go, on this occasion at least, provided you’ve got decent tyres you can fling a 29er round silly tight singletrack and overly sharp corners faster on a 29er than on a 26″ wheeled mtb (if i’d tried the same technique on my old bike i can pretty much guarantee i’d be embedded in a thorny bush somewhere on the course!)

January 17, 2007

strathpuffer pic-tastic

Filed under: bikes,on-one — dgpowell @ 11:57 am

No prizes for guessing where the riding pics came from (northsport.com)
it's a result
facing the wrong way on the podium
scandal in the mud
winner of a mug
desperate to keep the feet dry
ed lays down the power
pistons showing
no brakes!

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