Thursday, April 29, 2010

Trail Dayz

Back on the bike and getting used to the new ride. After sorting saddle, seat height, suspension air pressures, stem length(long story, when a 100mm stem is not actually 100mm).... So now its Hammer Time!!

Worked saturday and monday over the ANZAC day long weekend so had sunday and tuesday for riding. Joined a select group for a road ride on sunday, up and over the Dandenongs for a couple of climbs to stretch the legs and maybe punish the marathon nationals organiser Rohin...
Up the Devils Elbow and into the hills we headed out towards Emerald. It was then the rain came.... Out came the jackets and on we went towards the Wall. No idea where i was but getting a bit chilly i decided a TT to the base of the climb was in order. All going well till i got a bit crosseyed and nearly towed the eschelon into the dirt. Whoops.

Rest of the ride was pretty uneventful. Apart from being told by bellie we were doing extras.... ok.... Yes coach...

Monday we got smashed all day at Trailmix. Got my dishwashing hands on for part of the day too. Cleaned the last 4 years of bike grease off. Good weather too for those that got out for a ride.

Tuesday was my monday so it was mtb time and Smiths Gully was calling. Great place to get the trail mojo happening.

Railing singletrack in the damp. Still tweaking the setup but loving the ride.

Descending a fireroad somehow i lost all the air from my rear tyre. Boo. no spares... Idiot. A quick call to my trail guru and the quick way home was established. Walking time again. In the rain.


its only flat on the bottom

Decided to try some new tredz. Trailmix has Schwalbe tyres and the Yeti Factory Team is on the program so I figure its time to have a go.

First to try is the Rocket Ron. A knobby tyre, not as aggressive as the Nobby Nic. perfect for the slightly damp trails we have a the moment.

So far i'm liking it but i think the Racing Ralph might be better for fast trails with its closer packed center strip, plus it'll probably drift better.....

Only a week to go before we head to Alice Springs for the Red Centre Stage Race. Last year i managed to sneak into the top ten. This year we'll see... Big names are going to be there. Jackson, Mather, Fellows, English......

Last minute training???

THE CIRCUS COMES TO TOWN....... one Big Top has arrived in Aus. More info and pics will come soon. For those that care the frame weighs in at 1.89kg

1 comment:

Ash Thomas said...

Hammer time

All time great!