The Finish LineThe Ride

Last week I took part in the London to Brighton Offroad Bike ride, organised by the British Heart Foundation (link).  I did the road version a few years ago which totalled 54 miles.  I tried to ride it ‘properly’ (yes on my full suspension mountain bike), but soon got very frustrated with the amount of forced stops due to bottlenecks, people crashing etc.  Instead I should have just enjoyed it for the day and stopped off at more of the village fetes and pubs – that’s the plan for next time I think.  I hoped the offroad version would be full of more serious riders, thinking that the distance of 75 miles alone would deter those who had not ridden or trained recently.  It mostly did, but there are always some people who should not have entered.  Now I will admit that I hadn’t done this kind of distance – a typical ‘long’ ride for me is 40 miles and taking 4-5 hours with 2000m of climbing, all offroad battling the natural single tracks around the Chilterns. More »

I am looking at buying an Evoc bike travel bag to transport my bike to Italy this year and Spain next year.  This year I want to take my 26″ full suspension mountain bike whilst next year I want to take my 29er hard tail.  Whilst researching I found that bags manufactured after around 2011 can take the 29″ wheel without deflating or removing the tyres.  Not the end of the world, but an extra step to do at each end.

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27. April 2012 · Write a comment · Categories: Bikes · Tags: ,

Tomorrow I am riding the Evans Ride It! 2012 in Hatfield.  The bike is stil filthy from last week’s Trail Break in Princes Risborough. The results aren’t up yet but we rode the ~27 miles in 2 hours 50 which wasn’t too bad going considering the conditions (very very muddy), and we were only 4 minutes off the Gold Standard time!  I should probably be cleaning the bike as it must have about a kilo of chalky mud stuck to it – but instead I cleaned and oiled the chain, gears and cleaned the suspension stanchions.  Instead, I am preparing myself with rocket fuel:

Evans Ride It! Hatfield!

 Update

The results are up. We had a great time and got very very muddy and wet.  My total time was poor (3h28), but this might explain why:

Mud face