Saturday, 18 September 2021

Drone film with Jeep!


 Couple of weeks ago friends P and A were up on holiday and along with cycling we got in a few Jeep drives, including a fun day up in the Lammermuirs  which I posted a wee film of last weekend,  when we were up P flew his Drone while I drove about on the single track roads and managed to get enough footage for me to cobble together a wee film...

Song is `You Have Been Disconnected` by The Brian Jonestown Massacre 


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Thursday, 16 September 2021

Another backdoor local overnight camp...

 

September and typical weather for harvest time, often mist and v light rain and we were in too minds wether to meet P and A for a local overnight camp at Tyninghame with the forecast unsettled but decided to just go as soon as I was home from work on Thursday and we set off along the John Muir Way (JMW) across to Tyninghame where we met P and A and cycled out to camp at Sandy Hirst Point...





We cooked up dinner on our gas stove while P fired up his box stove on a flat rock and bring cast sandwich toaster made toasties  then tents pitched before dark we lit a Swedish Candle I brought, bulky but light it would give us a couple of hours light and we sat toasting marshmallows and hip flasks as the tide receded and the air was filled with calls of birds feeding on the salt marsh...








Next morning it was still misty but warm and dry and we again cooked breakfast...



The remains of  theSwedish candle now cooled was broke up and we left no trace of any fire, unlike the rock circle fire pits people insist on building in the woods - this is not responsible wild camping doing so...

P cooked Pancakes while we had our usual Porridge in a Bacofoil bag soaked from the previous evening...


Fed and packed away G and I went a wonder along the coast line and we gathered a lot of sea coal, like the dry Scots Pine wood of the Swedish candle we brought it too was light so it was taken home to use on the Garden fire box some evening soon...





Packed up and leaving no trace of our overnight camp we soon headed off...


Once through Binning Woods G and I headed down to follow the John Muir Way back home, while P and A headed back to their van at the Park...


Wee film, Song is `The 5th Exotic` by Quantic

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Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Surly Moonlander Resurrection...

 

So with G now happy with her Pink Pugsley 2.0 I of course can take the Moonlander and re spec it how it was more or less originally upgraded to from new and once in decent running condition can go into the Retro Surly Fatbike collection. 

The Surly Moonlander was quite a game changer when released and really moved the goal posts on where you can actually cycle a bicycle. The Pugsley with 3.7" (reads 4" measured) on 65mm wide rims opened up what is possible on snow sand and soft gravel where a bicycled can be realistically cycled more easiblly, but when the Moonlander  concept came out it blew the minds of those original Surly Pugsley Fatbike owners minds again what more was possible, and I was one of them, riding across rocks on the coast so slippy i could not walk over on foot. And once the 4.7" tyres(which were the same size as modern 4.4" tyres) were superseeded with 4.8" tyres it was agin even better!

Here is my original launch film of my bike in more or less stock trim with a few extras added... If you asked me what my favourite film I have made it is since started blogging it is probably this film, Mixing the Moonlanding footage into Gullane dunes by filming Google Earth - both using a digital camera filming a pc monitor on a trip pod while swiping along the screen with a mouse to fly along the Gullane coastline and changing to black and white, then after zooming in on Gullane cliffs with WW2 anti tank blocks, then the bike upside down with LEGO Spacemen, and then the pan the camera down and across the tank block and the concrete waves from the corrugated sheeting mixes into the wind waves on the sand dune at Peffersands was pure fluke! but worked a treat...BEEP!


First though before anything I had to sort out the surface rust from years and several thousand miles of salt water exposure abuse...

But once sanded with a wire brush it was like my original Pugsley Fatbike only just surface rust...





M10 - Manufacured 2010, arrived here in the UK in 2011, first of two in the UK, mine the first in Scotland, it is now 10 years old, and not finished seeing action yet!...

Getting a matching touch up would not be easy but I went for Hammerite Black and Hammerite Silver mixed as close as I could get it...



On top of this I will spray a glitter clear coat I have ordered via eBay and it will be close enough...





With the rust taken care of i added some of the original parts I used for years...



This was after I sorted the wheels, which new tyres had been removed for the Pink Pug (G`s Xmas pressie!) but no panic as I had as new Surly Bud and Lou 4.8" yours bought around 2 years ago in an eBay auction and squirrelled away for fututre use, this went on split tube tubeless using motorcycle inner tubes - the go too tubes for Ghetto tubeless on 100mm rims - you have to go Schrader valve though, but as you probably know I have for years said high pressure Presta valves are pointless on low pressure Fatbike wheels and have from day one ran with Schrader valves...






17" motorcycle inner tubes are a bit too tight and if you price it to cut around the tube it will tear, so marked a line with a sharpie to follow before deflating. In the future I will use 80/90 x 19 tubes on Moonlander wheels... 






Magnet on a new blade to leave a small bit of tube exposed, which helps against rim spikes at low pressures...



5 psi rear, 4 psi front...


I still need to swap out the busted rear Crud Guard and will probably rob the Thorn cranks for another Pugsley build ongoing but the old bike - well it is 10 years old is ready for the odd day out for a few year yet...

And after riding the bike last weekend with friends I was reminded how good this bike was  - and still is today in its design and how it rides, popping a few wheelies along forest tracks it has an amazing balance point, probably the best of any Fatbike I have owned, though not sure if I could do this again... and wheelie the length of Gullane beach... those were the days!


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