Sunday, 29 April 2012

Special build

Since i've been using the train and bike to commute to work I decided to set up a simple cheap 'work bike'. I already have quite a few spare components so it didn't take much to build up a second bike.

The frame is an old specialized p2 bought from a friend, and since it was looking a little ratty I decided I would strip off the paint and just leave the raw aluminium to shine through. I also bought a brake from another friend and most other bits were either already available or sourced for free off friends (cheers Rob for the forks).

I now use this to get to and from work, the paint stripping is still a work in progress but it's slowly getting there and looking ok so far.

The original brown paint job

Built up and roughly stripped

After a little wirewool polish

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Mud after work

Went out after work, it was a little wet and muddy but good fun. Mainly went out to test wear the new dude shoes 5.10 freerider's, felt pretty good, much stiffer than the old skate shoes.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Fun in the Peaks

This weekend I took a trip out to the Peak District, the main reason for this was so a friend and I could try out the new Cotic Rocket since we're both cotic bfe owners it was good to meet the guys behind the brand, Cy and Paul, and ride their new bike while sampling some of their trails.

The demo trail was a short loop right next to cotic headquarters, a fairly mellow pedal uphill let us wake up the legs and see how the bike pedalled before being directed down a short, loose and slippy singletrack that tested the bikes suspension and a little of our skill. One more pedal uphill and one more final down led us back to the warehouse and the end of the loop. We actually did this loop twice as we had booked on two of the demo rides, this allowed us to try out both small and medium Rockets to see what frame size felt better. I'm still unsure on what size felt best for me but I very much enjoyed riding this bike, the smaller of the two just wanted to play, it was very poppy and maneuverable and a blast to ride. Thanks to Cy and Paul for such a great day and making such fun frames.

We also visited the very nice chaps at 18bikes who gave us some ideas of where to head the next day and gave us inspiration for the photo below (as well as a tasty creme egg). We roughed it in the van that night so we could be up early to hit the trails the following morning, good thing we did too as the car park got very full very quickly. (note: you're only allowed to spend one overnighter in a vehicle in this area, as told to us by the local ranger for the area).

After a bacon and egg butty we headed up Stanage Edge to find the descent we have been shown. This was only a short two mile route but the down was great fun, we then headed off to Ladybower Reservoir as it looked like there was some fun trails in that area. We had an idea of a route from some map scanning and while out we were told of some fun down's we could also do. It was about a 12 mile route in total and really good fun, technical but not impossible climbs with some great downs worthy of the good ol' lakes. Had a mint time in the Peaks and will definitely visit again as there is still so much more to discover.