racing.

when i bought the honda (see: all my bikes ) i decided to try a little enduro racing. for me this was the fulfilment of a dream: i always wanted to try it, but earlier on simply did not have the money. i started in 1996, and the first races came as a big surprise: i…

gravity rulez.

it certainly does. ever since newton copped the apple to the head people have done one of two things: play with it or try to avoid dealing with it. last weekend nat and i sort of did both: it’s called gravity enduro and it is supposed to provide a fair measure of gravity assisted downhill…

trigger.

dropper seat posts are the bees knees: they hold up your bum when required – i.e. when pedalling – and get the seat out of the way when you need all the room you can get, generally on the downhill bits. i have been pretty happy with the reverb that came standard on my nomad…

no school today (or tomorrow).

once a year thredbo stages the nsw mountain bike interschool championships. it means two days off for those kids brave enough to compete in one or more of five events: flow, downhill, pump, xc relay and xc. nat did get the two days off (actually two and a half) and chose to compete in her…

all coiled up.

as i wrote last time i now have a vivid r2c instead of the vivid air i was running with great success for more than a year. it’s easy to change the spring rate on an air shock: attach a pump and add more pressure to increase the rate. that takes a few seconds and…

shocking news.

it appears my beloved vivid air has not survived the scheduled rebuild. let me explain (as far as i can): modern mountain bike suspension components are extremely sophisticated and delicate. to function as well as they should they need to be rebuilt on a regular basis. this means chaining the oil and various o-rings, x-rings,…

the eagle has landed.

it’s ready. finally. we were still waiting for the so called groups, which consists of the derailleur, the trigger, the cassette and the chain (technically the cranks and chainring are also part of it, but we already had those). the box finally landed on our doorstep today. sram knows how to create sexy packaging, definitely…

heart surgery and a liver transplant.

that’s how we roll here. health first or everything else is pretty much meaningless. in this case that’s particularly true. we’re of course not talking about a person here. that said a heart’s a pump and a fuel injected bike is as dead without a working pump as a human would be. not great news…

keeping safe.

nat and i do like our switchblade helmets: compared to the lids most other riders use on the trails the giro is a fair bit more substantial and feels so much safer. that said, since we are both now riding more ‘enduro’, which means higher speeds over rougher trails. that pretty directly translates into greater…

rolling.

last time we had a new frame. today our mate pressed in the headset, which means we could finally get the fork in. the one we redecorated. nat was busy installing the fork, wheels, bars and brake. the dropper post actuator needs to be bled (i hate doing that) and of course we’ll still need…

twins.

nat and I have been collecting bits & bobs for a while. nat’s bike is getting a bit small … we collected a fork, a seat post (from a fellow gorilla), got some more titanium bolts and dug up some treasures in the garage: wheels, a shock. one day this nice nukeproof carbon bar turned…

my gravity girls.

Hello and welcome to 2019. New year, new school, high school to be exact but today I will be writing about something else so keep reading and see. As you all know from my previous writing (My Cannonball Festival), I “totally and completely” live for riding (and maybe animals, but… that’s not the point). Last…