Month: March 2017

Out of action :(

Did a perfectly innocent 22 miler two Saturdays ago, out to Rottingdean and back. The first 11 miles were a treat.. a 22 mph average despite off road tyres and fully active suspension. Upon turning around however, I realised that the wind was stronger than I thought – more like 20+ than the 10-11 on the forecast, especially up on the cliffs. I genuinely struggled to ride up out of Rottingdean, and it was not a fun ride home at all.. my average had dropped to 15 after the next 11 miles.

I’d also done a ride to the pier and back with B in the morning.

I’m not sure if I somehow strained myself  riding against the wind on the return leg or something random, but by Monday morning, I was barely able to get out of bed, the pain in my neck was so severe. 

Putting my motorbike helmet on to go to work almost produced tears, and sudden movements were taking my breath.

Fast forward to Friday, and I’d booked 1/2 days’ holiday for a chiropractor session. Thankfully, even straight after, and more so since, this helped a lot. Unfortunately, I was banned from bike riding for 48 hours.

I filled out the time with suitably bike related stuff 😃

I have another session on Friday and I’m really hoping that this will not come with the same caveat.. two weekends without riding is not funny at all. On the plus side, I can’t wait to hit the Stamner single track now it’s had a chance to dry out. Fingers crossed..

New Kitsune parts 

While I had the bike up in the stand, I checked the chain and found it to be 0.75% stretched. I also found the cassette to be quite worn, and even the chainrings were looking slightly worse for wear. This is a result of riding though the winter.. although I’ve been very thorough with cleaning, degreasing and oiling the drive train after each ride, this is pretty inevitable when the conditions have been as muddy as they have.

I bought a new cassette (Shimano SLX) and chain (SRAM 1031 – the only 10-speed chain they had) from Halfords, and fitted them today.

In terms of the chainset, I’m undecided on my strategy. I’m pretty sure I don’t want to go for a 1x setup as I don’t think I’ll get a high enough gear for the riding too / from the trails I do, and the odd jaunt up the Downs Link Trail.

So my options are to move to a 2x or stick with the existing 3x. I wouldn’t really have been thinking about this were it not for the massive trend in 1x, so it’s an interesting quandary.

So I need to decide whether or not converting to 2x would be change for changes sake.

Incidentally, Halfords branches (well Shoreham at least), will price match their web prices.

The website, in turn, has a web competitor price match active.

I therefore managed to secure a £24 saving on in-store prices buying the cassette, chain, and some electrolyte tabs, simply by checking the prices on the Halfords web site.. a great saving, and well worth checking before purchasing from a branch.

Weekend riding

D found out as he pulled his bike from the shed that he had a broken spoke on each wheel, with associated buckles, and a slow puncture – casualties of the Stamner ride last week.

So we cancelled the planned Downs ride, and I decided instead to smash out a seafront training ride.

Ended up doing a 22 miler, 11 miles along the coast towards Brighton, and back again. 

Nothing special, but it meant that at 1 hr 25 mins, it left me with some time in the afternoon to give the Kitsune some attention. I’d been having a very much intermittent issue where if I’d stamp down on the pedals, sometimes I’d get an evil sounding clunk.

So I removed the cranks, and re-greased the axle and re-fitted. This gave me a chance to give the harder-to-reach parts of the frame a really good clean.