Time for a well overdue update.
I fixed the rear spinergy a while ago. The hollow sleeve that screws the freebhub on came loose and unscrewed itself until it had bound against the bearings. Just rebuilt the hubs and used some locktite on the thread to screw the freehub in and it's been rock solid for the past 2000kms (I dont do alot of road riding)
So a while back I set out on a decent 100km solo ride. I new where I was going, but I hadn't ridden (or even driven) this route before so I had no idea what to expect.
Here's the map. It's about an 90minutes north west of Sydney, Australia.
The first 20kms were lovely. Very little cars, road was nice and some decent climbs and descends.
But then at Lower Portland it turned to dirt....
I figured I'd push on, thinking they would be doing roadworks. 5kms later and the dirt road shot up into the sky causing me to walk for the next 2km. The dirt road went on for another 10-15kms before turning into tar again near Wisemans Ferry.
Luckily the ride from Wisemans Ferry to St Albans was amazing! Very little traffic and some beautiful scenery in the valley.
I stopped here for a pie and a beer
and then set off on the return leg.
This is how steep some of the dirt road climbs and descends were. This was on the return leg.
Following the river just before the road turned back into tarmac for the final time. I was surprised how well those 14year old carbon wheels held up on the dirt! There were quite alot of corrugations in the road in places.
The final leg along the valley floor... I was destroyed by this point, but this scene kept me spinning.
The bike rode flawlessly for the whole journey. Very happy with the old girl!
For anyone interested, my garmin log is here.
1997 Yeti Lawwill DH-4
1997 Schwinn Homegrown Straight 6
1998 Schwinn Homegrown 4-Banger
1999 Schwinn Homegrown Straight 8
2000 Schwinn Straight 8
2002 Schwinn Homegrown Straight 8