It has been a little longer than I had hoped since my last post but things here have really been a little mental; the reason?…..We are moving.
In around 9 weeks we are heading up to Somerset from Plymouth, Devon. As much as I am going to miss it here I am really excited about a new adventure and a fresh start.
With the new move comes some choices as well, I have decided enough is enough and we have decided to take a chance at doing the career that I have dreamt of for a few year now and become a Cycle Mechanic.
To help with this I have booked my Cytech level 1, the two day course will be pretty interesting and will hopefully help me get the foot in the workshop door with one of the many cycle shops in the area or possibly Halfords who have just announced they are hiring 500 Cycling Guru's across the UK; time to polish my CV and get out there.
With all that has been happening cycling has taken a back seat, I have still been able to get out on my commute and the odd Skyride but for now there are greater priorities.
With the Brighton Bigdog race only a few weeks away now I have managed to get some time on the Inbred in preparation for the tough course. The new trail route in Plymbridge route has proven to be a fun alternative to my regular ride into work.
After only a couple of runs I found my confidence improving, although I have never felt truly at home on the Nobby Nic tires, they are light and roll fairly well thats about as interesting as they get.
Meanwhile I have had some fun riding with suspension again, I am not sure I quite like it but there is no doubt it makes things easier, I think at some point I wold like to try a modern full suspension bike as it has been many years since I last gave it a try; technology has come a long way since then and I like to try and keep an open mind.
I think in a few years I would like to look at replacing my On One, possibly with a full suspension but most probably one of Surly's 29+ bikes or a Karate Karate Monkey, I miss my old single speed.
The Troll is now sporting it's new wheels, I have been looking to find a replacement for the now discontinued Sun Singletrack rims. I had been looking at the Velocity Blunt 35 but at £66 a rim it was too much for my budget and I would have to order them from a London store.
Luckily Sun are still making rims and I found a replacement for my old Singletrack rims, the Sun Ringlé MTX31. They actually make this rim in several widths but for the Troll the 31mm was the best choice.
Hubs are provided by Hope, a solid albeit loud hub, I mean it this thing is stupidly loud, I have read that most users fill the free hub with grease to deaden the noise, I feel socially awkward and I feel I must pedal more just to stop disturbing the peace.
The front hub is my birthday present (thank you Sam x) is a SP Dyno hub; I have yet to hook it up to a light but so far it has been great, there is no discernible drag at all, this weekend it gets hooked up to the lights; I am quite looking forward to using it so as you may have guessed, I am hoping for Autumn/Winter.
With the new wheels I took the time to swap my tires around to even out the wear, I have done a little over 1000 miles on them since our Brittany cycle tour last Easter and they are wearing very well, barely scrubbed in is a better description.
I was a little uncertain about picking them originally but they ticked all my boxes, they cope really well on and off road and with a full load it is only when you find mud that they struggle but you will find that of most general purpose tires and given that SJS Cycles has them at £20 (normally £40) each right now with £5 postage they are a bargain, so I bought another set to keep on the shelf.
Well that is pretty much all for today, I just want to leave you with some of the deer from outside my office, every time I bring the Nikon into work with a long lens they hide away being the camera shy creatures they are, at this time of year they are getting ready for the rutting season and the male deer are now sporting their antlers, I will miss them.