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…

reverb needs love.

these modern enduro bikes sure have a lot of things that require hydraulic and / or pneumatic assistance. sure, the shock and the fork are the main components, take the most and the biggest hits and therefore also deserve most of the attention, but there is another thing that greatly helps descend safely: the dropper…

happy father’s day.

our trouble with the gravity enduro races in ourimbah is mostly due to their schedule. actually, it’s only with the schedule: the race seems to be organised by and for early risers, and that causes a tiny bit of grief for us. the timing chips need to be picked up until 0745 and it generally…

happy birthday liz.

i readily admit i am not a big fan of the monarchy. maybe it’s being austrian (the monarchy and all related titles were abolished in 1918) or it’s just my general anti-authoritarian streak, but frankly i can’t wait until australia becomes a republic. however, until then we still get to celebrate the queen’s birthday, which…

pike reborn.

i did mention a few posts ago that complex (and very expensive) modern suspension components like to be loved and cuddled … … and want to have their innards replaced on fairly regular occasions. really. there are maintenance tasks every 50, 100 and 200 hours, and at least once a year. looks like i’ll be…

nat’s wee day out.

ok, manly dam is not particularly difficult or tricky. more than anything nat & i like to ride it because most other trails on the northern beaches generally don’t have much flow. plus many trails are simply too much work climbing over rocks and stones, which is not much fun when you have short legs…

can i fix it?

first there was a vivid (air), then there was none. then a nice person gave us one (crazy i know) but did tell us it was leaking air – albeit slowly – which meant it needed a service. i popped it on the nomad and immediately felt at home on my bike again, but nat…

canberra calling.

on tuesday we had to deliver oma to the airport so she could see her other grandkids again. i think one of them may now need special attention. 🙁 see you again soon oma! so we were alone again but nat happened to have a few days off school and the weather was so nice…

perfection.

remember i lost my first vivid air? i’m still unsure how a perfectly good shock can suddenly break on the third try to service it … or maybe that’s the answer right there. we come in peace – take us to your leader. anyway, i ended up with a vivid coil instead but it’s fair…

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…