hokey pokey

Once again i’m back on my blog and I have big news: I got a snake! I have been wishing for a reptile for such a long time and now I finally got a beautiful little snake to call my own. After returning from a four trip holiday to Europe to see my family I…

semi pro.

nat’s gone fully semi-pro. at least her bike has: not everyone knows this but it is essential for pro bikes to have the rider name & nationality displayed on the frame. without these super important stickers your bike is basically just another overpriced assembly of carbon fibre, titanium and aluminium. anyone could have one of…

maintenance.

modern mountain bicycles are more complex machines than most people realise. they are designed to take a lot of abuse and let average riders (like myself) plough through trails that we wouldn’t even have looked at only a few years ago at insane speeds. we notice the toll that takes when things go wrong out…

revalve.

not long ago i serviced nat’s pike which turned out to be much more in need of attention than i thought it should have been. this of course goes to show that one should never assume. at that point i didn’t have the special syringe adaptor required to bleed the damper side and consequently i…

stealth?

let’s be honest, there is nothing stealth about the 2014 nomad. the colours are officially called aqua & magenta but more cynical people would probably describe them as turquoise & pink. harsh. and many older folk like to refer to this looks as the ‘miami vice’ colour scheme. remember those guys from the 1980ies tv…

cover up.

when nat got her new bike we wanted to get it on the trails quickly. we only attached all the important bits required to actually ride the bike and didn’t spend the time to ensure the frame was protected. the frame was not new and the previous owner had applied a protective self-adhesive film to…

debonair.

i really enjoy working on the suspension parts. the forks are especially good fun to service but it takes a bit more effort to remove them from the bike. nat is currently away on holiday and i thought that would be a good time to upgrade the air spring in her fork. she is using…

plus.

i had one more shock lying around: the old monarch plus my bike originally came with and that nat ran until i serviced her vivid. the vivid is of course a much better shock but since we have this monarch that happens to fit both our bikes i figured i might as well service that,…