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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 9:18 pm 
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Carron Valley 19th April 2009

Having left home at 7 am the previous morning, spent the day helping with a course in Inverness and then arriving in Glasgow just before midnight I am not surprised I was running late on Sunday morning.
I had decided to take the singlespeed Stumpy as I need time to get used to it and also to tweek it some. Only problem was that it wasn’t completely built yet. Not a worry I thought, heather, my partner was in Glasgow on Saturday. I gave her a list of pieces I needed, seatpost, straddle cables and a bmx chain, oh and a crank bolt.
So Sunday 7.30 and the alarm goes off, time to get up have breakfast say a quick hello to my soon to be inlaws and get this stumpy built. No problem I hear you say? Well I then had to be on the road to Carron Valley by 9.30 for the 10.30 meet to ride at 11.00. At least it was a glorious sunny day and I sat out back and quickly put it all together whilst finishing my cuppa.
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Nearly but not quite, I arrived just after 11 to see Velo’s reliant and Gazza’s car but no Velo or Gaz. Lots of people in the carpark so thought I would have a quick look to see if any other macretro clan were about.
Then riding towards me out of the crowd of modern mediocrity comes clockworkgazz on his cannondale singlespeed, velo on a unbranded black geared steed and jimihendrix on a lovely Manitou with gears. They had come back for me after a short blast. That was a relief. Thanks guys
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I then quickly got my gear on whilst the guys tried various ways to get my chain tensioned, in the end Velo used a piece of elastic/ string stuff to tension the tensioner. It worked a treat all day.
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Ok off we go up the first climb, two bends up and I have to stop. My bars are turning in the stem when I pull back. Out with the multitool and fixed, the Stumpy has been put together on a bare frame over the last month and only finished this morning with no shakedown ride. Liking it though and the 32/16 gearing seems fine so far. Off I go catch up to the others who are waiting further up. We take off and soon we are waiting for Jimi, chatting and waiting, seems awhile so Gaz goes back only to return a few minutes later with the news that Jimi’s lost his chainring bolts and sheared a chainring through. Jimi’s day was over. You were missed mate.
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Off we go up the trail.
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It’s a good trail but it is very rocky with large loose rocks as well as some large ones embedded in the dry hard trail. Very jarring on the old rigid that’s for sure. It all evens out as the sun is shining, its quite warm and everyone, bar Jimi, is smiling. We stop for a drink once on the fireroad and the conversation is about Jimi and his broken ring. I thought I should check my cranks and gearing as well, only to discover I only had two out of five of my chainbolts left. A quick tighten shows they would have been off soon as well. I mustn’t have tightened them properly as its rough and jarring but not that bad. What can you do? Tighten them and get on with it. One thing was certain; it would go till it stopped.
We climbed a bit further and chatted to other riders here and there before coming to the start of the run back down the hill.
This was a good track, still rocky but flowing and swooping. I hadn’t been here before and I am on a recently built singlespeed so I was taking it cautiously but still it was a lovely ride.
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We stopped and got a pic of Gaz coming over a rocky stretch and then proceeded through the forest on some nice singletrack. Some nice scenery all the way down, past a canyon with waterfall and then out of the trees onto a high flowing berm.
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We stopped and had another shot at the berm and then decided to shortcut onto the fireroad and climb back up to another trail. A couple of metres onto the fireroad and Velo’s chain snapped. What is it with chainsets today?
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Luckily he had a link so while he was fixing it Gaz and I finished of the trail with the berm returning back up the fireroad to find Velo ready to go once again.
It was a short climb but a satisfying one, mainly due to catching and leaving a guy spinning away on his modern Stumpy. Cheeky I know but after seeing it glide over the rocks I did have a hint of the ‘tables are turned now my modern foe’.
Karma smacked me in the arse and then laughed verily as this next section was the rockiest yet and made the last section look like a not very rocky thing. It was really nice and flowing but was quite washed away with big blue metal type rocks embedded everywhere so it made it very difficult to blindly jump the crests not knowing what was on the other side.
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Still fun mind you but riding with a lot in reserve. This track then came out through the trees to show the trail turning and running across the field with a series of jumps all the way across. This section was great and would have been a bit better but for the rocks, but all three of us had a ball and after a quick chat to the nice guy with the stumpjumper (arent they all) we decided to do it again.
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The second time was better as I knew what was around the corner, over the jumps etc.
Then it was back to the car park, change and head off back up the road.
Thanks Gaz, Velo and Jimi I had a ball and as usual cant wait till the next time. For which I will be better prepared.
Another excellent ride with the Macretro clan.

Jamie


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 11:05 pm 
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great report jamie- those macretro boys are a handsome lot 8)

I had sore wrists but did love the rigid ride- loving this SS lark.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 11:21 pm 
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Hi Gazz
It was a great day. It was a bit rough but more suprisingly my legs felt fine that night which suprised me considering it was the first day out on the singlespeed.
I had a crazy idea on the long drive home, I though I could singlespeed the FSR Stumpy so I would have suspension, but there is probably a weight disadvantage. I may have to weigh things to see as the carb/ti FSX forks weigh less than the steel ones and the rear triangle is alu with the front triangle being prestige :roll:
On the seatpost front, I forgot to say that the post I have is 27.2 not 27. Sorry about that, but that mech is sitting in my spares box so if you want one sometime in the future drop me a line.
I also put some pics of Golspie in the Macretro thread.
Jamie


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 11:29 pm 
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no worries on the post front jamie- now I need a old xt rear mech- got a front one from flea-bay so let me know if you have any spare.

I say SS it, it's the future, or is it the past? whatever it is it is 8)


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 8:39 am 
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Great report Jamie 8) , pleased to hear you got on ok with the single speed, i was'nt sure about it when i first did mine but now i love it, i even chopped off my cable stops and mech hanger, cant see myself parting with the E3 now but even if i did i'd have another SS bike of some kind.

Never actually seen or heard of a SS/FS bike, think it'd be a bit wierd TBH, apart from the weight i think it goes against the simplicity ethos of SS bikes, maybe the reason most run rigid forks .


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 9:50 am 
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i particularly like the pic of gash over the rocks :P

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 11:20 am 
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velo's perfect bike a klein SS.

Now where can I get an orange body suit- that is way 8) I have my outfit for SSUK lads :wink:


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 5:33 pm 
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I knew the minute i typed that someone would post a rake of pics of
SS/FS bikes :lol: , still honestly the first time i've seen one, i was right, they do look weird :)


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 6:37 pm 
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Great pics guys. Lovin the one of gazz on the rocks and the one of Jamie on the berm. Also lovin the "big air" pics of the runway...remember guys it's not old school MTB air if both tyres leave the ground by more than 6 inches. :lol:


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 7:42 pm 
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I did about 3 ft of air but that jamie is murder on the box brownie and only caught my landing :roll:

The berm pictures are actually set up- we used rope work similar to that seen in "crouching tiger hidden beer belly"


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