Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Still in the shed

It has been 3 months since my last ride and I am missing the trails. Stumpy 2.0 and Stumpys Estranged Cousin are still locked up in the shed covered in tarpaulins.

I hope I can get some winter rides in knowing it will hurt being out of the saddle for so long.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Fair well to Stumpy

It is official, I have had to sell Project Stumpy. It has a new home and I am sure it will be looked after. It is heading to Bike Park Wales tomorrow. I am sure they both will have a blast!

Sunday, 21 September 2014

On the back plate

Half way around the red trail at swinley and a resonating pitch can be heard. I quickly find its my bike making the noise.

I mange to get round the rest with a front brake only with the pitch noise along for the ride.
I finally got chance to put stumpy up on the maintenance stand and find the rear pads have worn almost to the spring pushing the pads together.

Took them out and it looked like on piston was pushing more than the other and the pads had worn unevenly.

I swapped them round then spent ages getting the wheel on as the gap always ends up bring less than the rotor when you change pads.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Swinley after the rain

Headed over to the lookout yesterday and after all that heavy rain the trail was a bit soft although some berms took a bit of erosion.

The air was muggy, warm and damp. Not an asthmatics favourite type. The trails were quite busy considering but the ground was a little slimy, which is the only word I can think of to describe it.

It was a fun day although a berm collapsed on me just before the drop into the little valley with the concrete at the end (it's name escapes me). I could see it was damaged but it's a tight corner not much you can do is hope it will hold. It didn't and I slid out and pulled my left ankle quite hard.

I had nothing with me to repair it so I hobbled on. Untill I got to the gully and found my ankle was not up to the impact of landing.

A roadie did an impressive over the handle bar face plant off the first jump. I carried on but an air ambulance was called to the gully later. No idea if it was the same guy.

I got into labyrinth and was doing ok unroll a rooted decent and my ankle gave way so I managed to bash the exact same spot I hurt earlier. I am just that talented.

I progressed a bit to the smooth rolling jump section until I realised I had to call it a day as standing on it was not going so well.

Got home iced it up and seems a little bruised but I can walk on it quite easily. God only knows what I did to my ribs though....

Monday, 5 May 2014

Tree hugging at swinley forest

No trees were harmed in the making of this, cannot wait for the bruises to show.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Flooded Cycle Route

Yes Half way I did consider that maybe I should have taken a different route.....felt sorry for the guy that followed me....