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

August 24, 2006

The end of an era?

Filed under: bikes — dgpowell @ 3:42 pm

Still haven’t sorted out the brakes on the ‘dale since they died at SITS…in fact I’ve still got steve’s xtr canti’s on it, i should probably sort that out.

Anyway, went for a play-ride on sunday on the bullit, round Darwen tower and the woods below. I’d forgotten just how fun it is to ride (downwards) and just how much you can slide round corners when you’ve got a nice calm bike to ride. That was fun, although i am considering getting rid of said bullit to suppliment my race bike situation (there may be other “developments” on that front, say no more say no more wink wink nod nod), which would be sad…but how much would i actually miss it?

Since I replaced the rear brake pads on the bullit it’s sat in the kitchen unloved, since the end of March, in fact. My more serious attitude towards training (well, i say ‘serious’, i mean ‘structured’…i still get all excited and run out of the office shouting “yay, i’m off for a ride” like i always have and probably always will) means i’m spending more time riding long distances on the xc bike in preperation for races, or building up strength and endurance on the road bike.
The bullit’s set up for travelling back down the hills fast and making silly things possible and although it can quite happliy cruise around all day (i’ve ridden 60-70mile off road rides on it before now) you have to be in no rush. Much of the time when i’m on it now i find myself wishing for something more suited to efficient mile-munching…and of course, there’s the whole desire to get more fun out of the trails i regularly ride, which can be kind of sanitised by running what was once considered a “long travel DH bike” over them…

Perhaps we’ve just grown apart?


  1. Yes you have, buy me a new bike dave, it will make you feel better.

    Comment by matt — August 24, 2006 @ 9:29 pm

  2. even if it DID make me feel better, it would annoy my bank manager so much he’d take all the “complimentary” pens i’ve perloined from the bank and insert them into me

    then invoice me for them

    besides, i want a new bike first, you’ve got too many already

    Comment by dgpowell — August 25, 2006 @ 2:04 pm

  3. OK. I’ll just look glum faced when I see you next.

    I think we should do a proper ‘Dave’s Going for Gold’ set of features on DSP next year… so expect lots of questions.. maybe I’ll have to stalk you with a camera too, sometime, when I can be bothered lugging the extra weight 🙂

    Comment by matt — August 25, 2006 @ 6:49 pm

  4. I can think of a great home for it – My kitchen. Think it would look lovely beside the B17!!

    Dude – am gonna be spending 3 weeks in Manchester at the start of Sept, would be cool to pop up to your neck of the woods for a pint over that period – drop me an email so we can sort it!

    Comment by Mark — August 27, 2006 @ 1:51 am

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