There were a string on mini dramas on the Friday, which effectively meant we did the first leg of the journey; South Mancs to West yorks at 11pm and got to bed for 1am to sleep on my Chipboard DIY bed there, not best. Captain Sinnett was outside the house at 6:35
OMG My gear was still wet! Quik hair drying of gloves and shorts, I was dressed and got some mouthfuls of Shreddies! On the road we go.
Bit of brekkie at the caf. And then up to the meet.
I'd decided to fetch my modern since the invite was open, and seemed like a bit of a recee of the trail, and Si was bringing his Klunker, Pottymouth had his full susser, and a single speed on board. ideal for some new build modern klunker testing.
Its a bit of a kinda 4x jump bike type thing, bit weighty at over 30lbs and a bit small, and one gear. Not ideal I realised but really needed a proper off road test as its built to take on owt.
P20 and MJN were flummaxed by my gearing choice and chuckled some, which dropped some confidence for the day. The 38/16 which is fine on the BMX track and local gooning about was going to be a bit much. Hmm
To be fair the bike performed ok, I kept storming up hills with momentum and no sitting down stomping on teh pedals and pulling up on the bars. phew. I think the forks need attention as they are not giving much at all, and the tyres a bit hard, but they gripped beautifully. The track was great though really flowing and once comfortable with the still new to me bike I was dropping off roots and ledges happily, it loved it. Quite glad I wasn't XC nose down.
The 6.5lbs tight cromo frame wasn't so flexy for suspension but nice n point and shootable.
Weather was strange, nice n dry, but we all got a bit clammed up, current bun was hiding somewhere. Guys in front were doing well steaming up hills and stuff, The Dr steaming back to front a few times, and typically Andy pottymouthing with me at the back. I was chasing after Sinnett who was attacking all that got in his way on the AlpineStars. And Jack holding back occasionally to grab some pics, and OMG video!
should be interesting. Lot of weight in that back pack.
20 miles between 10am to about 3pm? Andys Nokia said a average of 7 MPH. Pot of tea and a KitKat concluded the event.
Back home for Tea time (cheers Sinnett).
By this time I was totally shagged out, I got straight in the bath and fell asleep and felt totally worn and hungover. then went to bed with a throbbing headache/stomach and stayed there, with a neighbours BBQ party outside and the light coming through. Insania. Water and paracetamol fixed me eventually, so Starvin' Marvin followed it up with Pie and peas. Nice.
Bike got a clean on Sunday, I'm not sure what I'll do with it, it still fits the brief for riding local and the odd trail but 20 mile is a bit much for a small frame. Forks need totally servicing possibly and lowering a tad if they are staying on this and might look at a 17t (or 18t) for the rear. As for that kinda riding, it'd be nice to reframe it with something bigger, or build up and test my FSer, which would be over kill but fit. Don't regret taking it, it was another successful challenge and test ride
Cheers to all those oranising and helping.
Now looking for a chairopractor...