This is the resurrection of my mountain biking blog, which was originally live between 2006 and 2009. I started riding again in June 2016 after a five year hiatus, and ride all over the South Downs. I am currently considering entering the ‘South Downs in a Day’ event (previously the SDW Randonnee) in July this year.
Kona is my favourite bike brand; I’ve had four of them in total. My first was a 2003 Fire Mountain in bare Aluminium with a Rockshox Judy TT.
Second was a 2004 Kona Dawg, followed by a 2007 Dawg Primo.
The latter was not ridden for five of the years I owned it, and was stored inside the various flats I rented during that time. I absolutely loved that bike.. I nicknamed it ‘Betsy’, and even created a Facebook page for it. That got closed down by Facebook some time in the five non-riding years 😂
I had it serviced in June 2016 and went on a few rides to see if riding was definitely something I wanted to start again.
Once I’d confirmed this (I’ve had a blast), I purchased a 2013 Kona Kitsune in September 2016 as ‘new, old’ stock from an online retailer. I’ve recently sold the Primo on Ebay.
Since then I have got quite into the mechanics side of bikes, and spend hours watching YouTube videos (RJ the Bike Guy, Bikemanforu and Shaibike are my faves) of how to swap out parts etc.
I rescued the Fire Mountain from my parents shed in January 2017, with a view to restoring it back to a rideable condition for commuting to work.. there’ll be a post or two about that soon.