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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2020 11:29 pm 
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Location: held captive by baby haggis in a cave in Scotland
Out and about this afternoon after a very productive day, one job was finishing painting that shed door Mr Panda on macretro had pointed out was a bit shabby looking. ;)
Was a great way to start the day in the lovely morning sun with a coffee and listening to a singer I like streaming a concert from back home live on facebook. Very Sunday morning :)
One job I had this afternoon was to get rid of that annoying clicking from the bottom bracket on the Jack Taylor. Originally thought it was my knees so just ignored it ;) but it gradually has worsened. So after sitting out back and stripping it all down then cleaning as much as I could from the bottom bracket, lubing, then refitting as everything seemed fine and in great condition. I ended up fitting a thin spacer to the drive side as I found that it was such a close fit with the chainring I wondered whether it could be flexing and the bolt touching every now and then, though no real marks or paint missing in any substantial way to prove this but just trying to cover all bases. I noticed when it tightened that it just didn't feel like it was fully tight if that makes any sense and this time and the previous time the drive side bolt was not tight when I dismantled.
So once back together I thought I have to test ride it so went on a very nice leisurely ride into town and around the coast to Scrabster before heading back through town then out to home. The creak is gone so hopefully will stay that way. We will see as I thought I had fixed it once before.
Hope all had a nice weekend and everyone is staying safe and healthy.

Jamie

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and home!....down on the left.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2020 5:16 pm 
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Location: held captive by baby haggis in a cave in Scotland
I had to go into Thurso yesterday to pick up my axle and bearings for the new hubs so the Jack Taylor was pulled out, tyres checked and trunk bag attached, ready to go. This bike is certainly rivalling my Trucker as the go to machine as it is such a joy to ride. I am certain that it is due to this that I am lacking in motivation to finish my Mercian rebuild. I seem more than content to potter about home rebuilding hubs and wheels etc but just can't be bothered building something else similar to ride. Not at the moment anyway.
Weather was iffy when I left home so packed a long sleeve jersey as well as my rain jacket in the trunk bag just in case. Thankfully didn't need either as once I left town and headed south to do a longer loop home the weather brightened really nicely to the point I was thinking I should maybe have worn my shorts.
Once loaded up with my axle and bearings from the shop I did a quick loop of town and ended up down at the harbour with a quick photo looking over to Dunnet Head and Hoy.
I ended up heading south east out of town on the small singletrack roads and basically doing a big loop inland before coming back down onto the coast near home. It turned out such a lovely afternoon I think I could of just kept on going for a good few hours more. If we weren't still on lockdown I may well have gone a lot further but as it was I had a great ride.
I probably could have done with wearing my shorts in the end. Such a sunny warm afternoon we had a BBQ for dinner, well a sausage sizzle and then were outside in the setting sun at midnight for the solstice. Then woke up this morning to damp drizzle and misty rain. Difference a few hours makes.
Hope everyone is staying safe and had a lovely solstice.

Jamie

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Here is a bonus Solstice pic taken at midnight from the field next to the house looking north to the island of Hoy
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2020 6:12 pm 
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Lovely and no traffic.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2020 12:04 am 
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Location: held captive by baby haggis in a cave in Scotland
Well back out this evening before dinner as a busy day meant if I wanted a ride I had to squeeze it in late on. Only problem was the sun had slowly been disappearing for the previous few hours and I left home under ever darkening skies. Managed to get a good few miles in headed south until I crested a hill to see the rain heading north. Luckily up here you can see it coming from a good way off. I turned and headed home, no rush as I was already getting a few drops but not hanging around either.
Very similar route out as my way home I've just noticed in the photos above. Very different looking though :)
The Super Clubman was it's usual well handling joy to ride.

Jamie

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2020 2:12 pm 
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Superb pictures and location. Peace!


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2020 10:45 pm 
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Location: held captive by baby haggis in a cave in Scotland
Out last Sunday riding down in Ross shire with Brian for his Birthday.
Original plan was to ride up over the Bealach to Applecross for lunch but due to new Covid restrictions meant we couldn't travel together etc so I ended up driving down to his place, park outside, change shirt to jersey and ride off up into the hills on a cold autumnal morning. It was a great ride just meandering on roads that were familiar but taking deviations onto tracks and trails we hadn't been down before. We stuck mainly to quiet farm roads, singletrack paths, gravel roads and a bit of pathway through the forest and woods.
The Jack Taylor was it's usual composed and enjoyable ride regardless of the surface or terrain. Ridden within it's limits of course, but a real pleasure with the Jackie Brown tyres which are larger volume 33 but are very supple so tend to soak up any surface imperfections. The long relaxed geometry makes for a relaxing, though responsive ride on the loose stuff that is confidence inspiring.
We ended up coming off the high hills to the west of Marybank and heading back via Strathpeffer where a quick socially distanced stop to indulge in a coffee and some apple pie and warm custard to celebrate the birthday boy. I was a shortish ride from here back to Brians, though all off road so no traffic to contend with.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:57 pm 
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Scenery looks amazing Jamie and the JT looks equally at home on and off road


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