18 December 2008
18 October 2008
18 September 2008
After the demise of the standard GT bottom bracket (only 410 Km old!) time for a new one. Since the expedition bike needs a crankset (worn chainrings), I went for the XT crankset which comes with Hollowset II external bearing cups. I'll put this new one on the GT and the Truvativ 5D on the exped bike.
Here's the chainset - more next time on how the XT performs
25 August 2008
Big surf action when we got to l'Océan...
On our last day on the Loire, we took some video of us riding along. Then we hit the beach at Les Sables d'Olonne...
08 July 2008
This needs much more exploration. A neat trail on an old railway bed that we did from Haltwhistle to Lambley viaduct. Not far, about 9 miles return, but loads of wildlife and great views from the viaduct of the South Tyne. The route keeps going past Alston - could get back and do this sometime.
Internet image of the viaduct to give you some idea
Great day out at Llandegla - the blue trail was good. Quite a long uphill (not too steep) out to the back of the forest. Then a big blast back home again - some very quick sections. Some little uphills but never too much. The café arrived much too soon.
Good coffee, decent cakes and nice bike shop. Bike wash good value and we managed to clean up 4 beics for a quid.
Huw hurt himself after a big crash in the car park - bottling out halfway down a steep bank. Black eye, grazed chin, wrist sprains.
This wasn't one of us in the photo, but it soon could be!!
20 June 2008
Aren't cassette bottom brackets great? Huw's bike has been making some bad noises recently, a kind of shrieking from the 'pedal area'. Pedals seemed okay and when I checked the play in the bottom bracket, it was obvious what the problem was.
Dismantling it revealed one side was a mud/grease mixture and the other was bone dry, with powdered bearings! Cup bearing surfaces were pitted and the spindle looked like it had bomb craters in it.
So, we had to make a visit to the local cycle shop and get a new BB sealed unit. I learned a few things
- 68mm shell is the 'modern' size - certainly a British size
- Don't use any old ruler to measure the spindle length - use a vernier calliper
- The spindle length does not include any threads on the end for crank attachment.
Huw reckons this morning that his bike is the smoothest its been.
19 June 2008
09 June 2008
Saturday - big day out.
Cycled from Llangefni to Malltraeth on the cycle track. Then across the old cob to Newborough forest and on to Ynys Llanddwyn.
Great day on the beach - a bit too cold to snorkel! Biked back but Daisy very tired. 32Km total.
photo courtesy of Maurice Clarke http://www.cyclingnorthwales.co.uk/pages/lon_cef_ph.htm
19 May 2008
- Up from gates on Jubilee Path round Foel Lus to 3 way paths. Continued past house to Stone Circles on north flanks of Moelfre. Dog on the lead all the way!
- Dropped off in Llanfairfechan, and then climbed up to Druid Circles on the North Wales Path (a bridleway). Dropped down to the top of Sychnant and blast down to Conwy on the bridleway. Pint in the Liverpool Arms on Conwy Quay and then home for roast beef.
21 April 2008
No MTB until the post it back, though.
13 April 2008
Huw and Elin made such a noise - forest animals must have wondered what was going on!
10 April 2008
Route up to Bethesda is good, even the on-road section.
Must go back and finish to route from Penrhyn Quarries up to Ogwen.
Next day, the BB went. Very clicky and rough. RAM model replaced with Shimano BB 68x113. Note that the front deraileur needed resetting as out slightly in chainring 3.