Tuesday, 29 May 2012
"Spring has finally sprung - with long, sunny days and the temperatures well into the 20's (plus 20 that is!)
Ice Cold Milk has undergone a few changes - the studded tires are being rested for the season and I have upgraded the forks to something with a bit more bounce.
Otherwise, all is going well - the Gates drive has certainly attracted some interest, and the steel frame has received some appreciative comments from the "Enthusiasts". The hub gears continue to give faultless, smooth changes even on the rough trails. All in all "big grin riding" continues!
Only one problem - the name. Ice Cold Milk seems somewhat inappropriate at this time of year, Jo thinks Chocolate Milk might work if I don't keep it clean - no chance!"
And here's a link to Tom's bike: http://www.flickr.com/photos/milkbikes/sets/72157628986517931/
Sunday, 15 April 2012
After being damaged on a road test the Bull:it has been a bit neglected as things have been very busy with the commute bikes and the ADL. There was also the issue that I am probably too old and conservative to really enjoy riding brakeless. On the track it is great when surrounded by experienced riders but on the road with everyone on the their phones I was not keen and it meant it could only be ridden slowly.
Friday, 6 April 2012
Friday, 30 March 2012
Sunday, 25 March 2012
Friday, 23 March 2012
Monday, 5 March 2012
Saturday, 3 March 2012
Doing my first Adventure Race in 3 years tomorrow on the North Downs. I have a may holder but it is for standard bars so will not fit on the ADL as it has oversize. I had a hunt around the shed on Friday evening but it was going to be a real faff to change things over just for 2-3hrs of riding so this morning I rigged up a basic mount and added the rotating map holder onto it. Hopefully it will be robust enough to last the 2-3hr ride tomorrow. It's going to be a wet one so lets see....
Thursday, 16 February 2012
Friday, 10 February 2012
Monday, 6 February 2012
Had another adventure with Martin, and to start with Mike. We went the off road route except I was on the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) commute bike. This bike has been working faultlessly. The ground was frozen solid so there was no problem with traction and the Marathon pluses seemed to work great but I could have done with a bit more volume of air in the tires like my MTB riding friends. We left in the day light and traveled over the old friends of fields that we have not seen for a while. Lights went on and we immediately had to stop for Mike’s ‘budget’ lights. The cable had pulled out of the battery. We decided to make the most of the light and get as far as possible before we had to deal with the light issue. Mike was on a mission anyway as he had had a call from his wife and he had to be home. He split off to stick to the roads and then it was back to just Martin and me. There were times when there would be a posse of 5 of us on this route but times change and now it is only Martin and me who regularly take on the Friday adventure. Tonight we had a goal. There was a beer festival to reach and it was free before 6. Neither of us had the time and we were quite happy rolling through the countryside. We got to the beer festival in Chelmsford, faffed while we locked up and got to the door at 6:01pm You would have hoped that the door men would have seen how much effor we had made to reach them, dressed in our lycra, but they did not care and relieved both of us of £5 to get in. The festival passed as they do knocking back halves of as many unusually named beers as you can. Saying hello to old friends. Talking about this and that. The best visual of the evening was the jumper that hung itself from a window controller however I am sad to say that there is no photographic evidence of the ‘jumpercide’ as the owner was never gone to far... 9pm and it was off to our warm homes and families. Friday commutes are the best. Thanks Martin for being there.
Friday, 27 January 2012
A few more pics on Flickr too - link on side bar!