• so wrong, yet so right


    • shorts and t-shirt in Feb? Yep…well, sort of; 3/4 length DHB bib shorts and a mid-weight long sleeved top was all i needed to keep me warm while out riding in the sun.
    • semi-slicks on the moors in Feb? Yep, loads of grip even in the still damp sections and some of the woodsy singletrack that was still frozen. Ace.
    • walkers cheering on mtbers? Yep, i got a “nicely done” and rich got a “it’s all downhill once you’ve got round that corner” from a couple sat enjoying the view, as we rode past on a cheeky footpath bit of singletrack
    • walkers pointing out interesting looking cheeky trails? Yep, more friendly walkers on another footpath who were happy to tell us of nice looking diversions in to the woods “not sure about the legailty of them or anything, but they looked like they might be good on a bike”. Sweet!
    • a “Rich and Dave Exploratory Ride” that ended in success and opened new opportunities for riding, rather than one of us being stuck in a bog at a dead end? Yep, a few miles of nice new trail discovered with many new tracks darting off in all directions still to explore. Woo!

    To top it all off, the car worked perfectly on Saturday. What’s going on?!


    4:36 pm on February 11, 2008 | 7 Comments | # |


  • Guy 7:36 pm on February 11, 2008 | #

    Dear Dave’ll fix it,

    (I’m not quite ready for the bloodthirsty singletrack forum)

    I’ve a M970 chainset, it’s very nice but I think I might have worn it out a little. It takes the same 4 bolt chainrings as the LX and XT sets (albeit you need some 75p washers to sort out the chain line on the smallest ring apparently.)

    Replacement cogs for the XTR cost two limbs, and I was thinking I might just stick some LX ones on there because they’re cheaper and I thought the steel might last longer. I noticed it doesn’t have a steel middle ring though… that’d be nice.

    1) I could buy an LX chainset on offer, fit the chainrings and sell the cranks … or would you recommend a different route? Is there a steel middle ring you’d recommend?
    2) What is the latest feng shui thinking on the strongest chain / rear sproket? (no slotted or titanium stuff)

    Chainsuck really spoils a ride, I dont care if it’s 100g heavier or whatever, I think having to get off the bike when it crunches up slows you down much more than the extra weight.


  • dgpowell 10:07 am on February 12, 2008 | #

    i’m not sure if these rings will fit you 970 cranks, but if they do they’re well worth it…in fact if those won’t fit it might be worth having a hunt to see if middleburn do replacements anyway

    i’ve also had good experiences with TA chainrings in the past, though you might have to trawl through lists of BCDs to find the rings you want

    if you’re not ina rush, keep an eye on superstar components as they might start knocking out bargain replacement rings soon too

    there are only 2 chains i’ve used that i’ve not snapped, the KMC X9 SL and the SRAM 991

    Matt will no doubt be along soon to tell you that all chains suck (literally and figuratively)…

  • Simon 11:44 am on February 12, 2008 | #

    Pah, even I’ve snapped a PC991

    SRAM chains seem a bit iffy since they changed manufacturing sites. The KMC something or other that I’ve been using for a few months has been fine so far.

  • matt 3:22 pm on February 15, 2008 | #

    SRAM chains have always been guff IME.


    The chain on my geared bike’s done about 8000 miles, but that’s a road bike.

    erm. I have lots of chainrings for sale, mostly Deore level (not sure that they fit HT2 cranks), I have some truvativs too

    For sale.

    for sale – cheap, for sale.

  • Guy 10:35 pm on February 15, 2008 | #

    Steel or ally? Has to fit HTII I’m afraid.

    Steel is real. (I’m just saying that because you can almost hear Steve twitch and scream from 70+miles away whenever someone says it)

    I’ll bug Matt by email from here on.

  • Guy 10:43 pm on February 15, 2008 | #

    “Funds raised so far for Clic 2007…”

    Sort it out or I’ll switch your toilet paper for 80 grit sandpaper.

  • Tom 12:02 pm on February 17, 2008 | #

    I’ll take a couple (or more) of sets of Deore rings Matt. The grannies don’t fit HT2 without modifcation.
    Fortunately we have 2 sets of Deore which are due replacement.