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6th October 2013
Riders: Richard, Davebus, Adam, Laurent, Maurice & Keith
Ride: LOMAC to Box Hill
Weather: 15°C

I'm back! Sorry about the break in transmission over the last few weeks. An issue with my web-host but all is now resolved.

The warm, dry weather continues into late Autumn and we hit the local trails for a long loop out to Box Hill cafe which is absolutely wall to wall with roadies before a fast run down the flinty trail to the bottom of Zig Zag Road and then climbing up Ranmore Common before making our way back to Bocketts Farm and home.

Batbling suffers a double puncture with offcuts from the recently trimmed hawthorn hedges in his front and rear tyres and Laurent has a crash on the Hazels run which causes him to emit a little squeak of surprise and also bends a link in his chain. He only spots the weak link later on after his chain has dropped off the front ring twice and it eventually splits leaving me to push him up the final hill.

Maurice enjoys Life on Mars and we carry out a little bit of synchronized MTB'ing, it's a new Olympic sport apparently. Oh and we see a little bit of Keith as he disappears into the woods.

 

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13th October 2013
Bike maintenance
Weather: 9°C

The weather was absolutely shocking today, heavy rain all day without a break. Despite having threatened to join Adam and Davebus at the regular LOMAC jaunt I spent ten minutes staring out the window, wished I had ridden yesterday instead, decided to stay at home today, keep dry and finish off my Winter commuting project in the comfort of my man-cave.

I bought an old 105-equipped Trek 1200 from a work colleague for a bargain price in January 2012 and after carrying out a lot of maintenance in January and February I rode it a couple of time to work. But the cassette hub was too badly worn and the gears kept slipping so I put it to the back of the garage and forgot about it for a while.

With today's rain highlighting the onset of this year's Winter and in an effort to save my Bianchi and Specialized Allez from getting trashed by Winter riding I decided to finish off the Trek project.

Last week I bought another set of Shimano R501 wheels from Ribble for the bargain price of £65 for the pair plus a new chain. I had already bought a barely used outer chainring from eBay for the ridiculously cheap price of 4 Euros, who cares if it's black not silver for that price.

So it was a fairly simple job of replacing the rear wheel (I decided to leave the Easton front wheel on), fitting the freebie Schwalbe Lugano 25c tyre from an ordering error at Halfords, cleaning and refitting the cassette which was in decent nick, replacing the chain and tuning up the gears.

I had already spent a morning two weeks ago re-using the unworn right hand bearings from my supply of old bottom brackets and fitting them into the Trek 1200 bottom bracket. Have you noticed how it's only ever the non-drive side bearings that get graunchy?

And finally to Winterise it I fitted the Crud RoadRacer Mk II mudguards. Hey, it's not riding but it's still satisfying and bike-related.

And lastly I also took the opportunity to tidy up my garage, fixing a bike rack to the wall to raise four bikes off the ground and keep it generally a lot tider than it was before. What do you think of it now?

 

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24th October 2013
Cycle commuting news
Weather: 14°C

Despite not riding each of the last weekends or should that be perhaps due to not riding at the weekends I've been feeling really strong during the weekday cycle-commute.

It's been a strange old time of the year though. It's now fully dark when I leave home in the morning and the same in the evening but it's really, really mild for this time of the year.

However the threat of rain has meant that I'm wearing my black Endura Stealth jacket and even with a single short sleeved baselayer beneath I've been sweating buckets. After a few days of this the jacket has really started to hum and it's got so bad I chucked it in the washing machine this evening for a very rare mid-week washing run.

Whilst I was in the mood I decided to clean my Specialized BG Comp Road shoes too. Again the recent rain has taken a heavy toll on these and they are distinctly grey and grimy. A bit of lemon Cif and they look okay although they are far from being the almost luminescent white when I first bought them this isn't a bad thing.

The shoes also stink of an unappetising mixture of stale sweat and musty water having been soaked through so many times. So I got the old lady on the job and she has mixed up some baking powder and sodium bicarbonate and put it inside an old pair of socks inside the shoes. I will leave this overnight and see if it improves the situation.

 

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