Sunday, 27 February 2011

Tall Bike!!

A mate's wife organised a surprise 40th for her hubby, and asked everyone to bring something homemade. Another friend had an idea for something - this is how it turned out...
More pics on Flickr :)

Sunday, 20 February 2011

On Test: Suntour SwingShock Forks

Fitted a set of SR Suntour's SwingShock fork to the black prototype this weekend, ahead of another week of testing by Mr. Craven. Just rode it round the car park, it feels a little different to the MB fork - changed the geometry slightly (there's only an inch of travel), but with the fork sag there's little change to the the steering. Main thing so far; the forks could be used with the MB frame if anyone wanted to. More soon - laters!

Friday, 18 February 2011

Rollin' in the Deep!

Just in, Milk Bikes custom commuting wheelset, featuring Shimano 11-speed rear hub, Schmidt Son front dynamo hub and Velocity Deep V reflective hoops.

More photos and details on the blog and flickr later!

Massive shout-out to Ads at Tarty Bikes for lacing these bad boys up!

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

The 3 Types of Fun

There's a concept floating about in sporting circles that tries to explain - usually to those not directly involved - what drives people who regularly participate in endurance/adventure sports and why they're such glutons for pain and punishment. Ask any of these sports people 'Why?!' and they'll probably say, 'because it's fun!'... Really?! Well, you see, there are 3 types of fun; type 1, type 2 and type 3.

Type 1 Fun: That's everyday fun, fun while you're doing it. A laugh.

Type 2 Fun: This isn't necessarily fun while you're doing it, but it's fun afterwards when you're looking back on things. You might question your sanity during the event, but that feeling passes as soon as your done and 'it was fun!'

Type 3 Fun: This is never fun for you. Not even a few months later when you are telling the tale, you'll hate it. It's only ever fun for the people who weren't there! 

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

2-Wheeled Board Meetings

Board meetings seldom start before 7am, and it's probably even rarer for them to be carried out while all the participants are clad head-to-toe in figure-hugging lycra and riding bikes! But that's how things are done at Milk Bikes!! In fact, it's where the concept for Milk started and evolved (although I must point out that the Friday night pub ride has also played a big part in that!), and it's where we get to discuss all kinds of things from some of the tiny details of the frame design to where would be a good spot to get some good photos might be.

It goes something like that anyway!

Monday, 7 February 2011

Commuter Racing

Commuter Racing: The art of over taking a fellow cycling commuter whilst pleasantly greeting them; "Morning!", and outwardly remaining uber-chilled, as if you're not even puffing. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, your legs are burning and you're about to enter Lactic City - but you can't let them get onto you wheel, and you should never look back!


The Versa 11's have landed...

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Fragile Road Bikes

Very mixed morning commute this morning.

+ Beautiful morning Sky
+ Met up with an old friend and had a good chat
- Punctured :(

Back on my training bike as the Milk Bike commute bike is out on test at the moment. My training bike is a nice bike. In fact it's my old race bike from the early 90's however it feels really fragile now for my daily commute verses the Milk Bike. I'm having to remember to charge batteries every day, check the chain for oil, brake a lot earlier as the brakes are not as good due to the dirty roads and finally the skinny tyres that this morning let me down. I don't like puncturing at the best of times but on my commute it always feels like a real pain... On the milk bike I have not had a single puncture yet in 500 miles. Been back on the training bike for 3 days and had my first puncture already.

Can't wait to have my Milk Bike back.