Monday, 27 March 2017

No time to ride?, all you need is a half hour...


Monday had dawned as the weekend had with clear skies,
I had the weekend off from cycling, the first in i don't really know how many months, all i have been doing is cycling locally and i really enjoyed going on foot for a walk on the coast and seeing a different coast, and sharing a day with someone else....

So back to work today and i should have rode a Fatbike in to enjoy a fantastic sunset on the coast, but the weather forecast was for it to cloud over, so i took the road bike and as i rode home under blue skies that we had enjoyed all day i was cursing my bike choice!.
Home and i decided to stick a Pugsley on the car and scoot down to NB and grab a sunset ride, except the sun was soon swallowed by cloud after a half hour or so, but before the sun disappeared i managed to get some film and some pics, 8 pics to be exact and 26 film clips...








So how to make a film out of about 30 seconds of film once edited on iMovie?
Quite easy once you slow sections down and add some pics,
Choosing a song is always the key to making a film work, and the ideal song with ideal title was already my plan for the film as i played and replayed it on my iPod

I have been listening and using a lot of tracks from new albums by new/other bands in recent months but still always listen to Boards of Canada on my iPod,
BOC is music i find i can lose myself and find myself while riding, while there unique sounds and that wavy tone so often used goes so well to cranks and wheels turning as it also does to waves breaking along the shore. Some film more about the light on the coast than the cycling...

Song is `Open the light` by Boards of Canada


Open the Light - Boards of Canada; Beachride at Broadsands March 17 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.




More soon...


Friday, 24 March 2017

Friday Fatbike Commute and busy day Photo dump...


Another commute, another day, this one is Friday though!, and up early for an off road ride to work via the John Muir Way with a detour along Broadsands at Yellowcraig, a real busy day at work getting things ready for the weekends Street food Festival along with usual Friday pre for the weekend and some grass cutting.  Soon enough time to head home and down onto the coast and a similar low tide to 7am this morning, into NB then home again via the JMW....
Roll the pics....






































More soon...

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

The Prototype Genesis Fatbike...


 Fatbike geeks feast your eyes on a bit of UK Fatbike history that i got the chance to purchase and is too good a thing to pass owning, this is the Genesis Prototype Fatbike frame, a pre production Caribou Fatbike it was a one off Reynolds 525 Tube frame set finished in Genesis Team colours paint and also has sliding drop outs...



Here is a pic when Genesis built it...

Building the frame set...
Symmetrical frame set with sizing for a 170mm rear hub and 135mm front hub, so i raked through the spares in the man cave to see what i had to build this bike up.
With a supplied headset i had a stem and bars, front hub, Halo Tundra rims and some as new tyres, Some cheap Shimano square taper cranks would do, and while i have a spare 1x3 Pugsley drive chain that includes shifters cables and front and rear mechs i wanted to make this build different to my Pugsleys so with a Surly stainless 32t chainring and a little used single speed BMX half link chain from a previous 29er Singlespeed build i decided to build this as a single speed,
A Square taper VP 100mm Bottom Bracket was ordered from France, an On One single speed spacer kit, and a used Halo 135mm rear hub were all ordered via eBay and once they arrived i started off with building the wheels...



Spokes were used items with new spoke nipples, one pair were 262mm which were ideal on the rear hub build, while the 264mm spokes were a wee bit long on the front wheel build but the odd protruding spoke was ground down with the Dremmel once built and true...



Rear done...


Rear 170mm hub was a tad too wide for my older wheel jig but still managed to true it ok...


And front after a bit Dremmel work on the spokes...


Out to the Man Cave and new parts i received that morning in the post,  Charge saddle, Race Face Ride seat post, Ergon grips, Surly Orange rim tape, and the On One Single speed spacer kit...


Surly Gumwall Nate tyres mounted with the orange rim tape...



Stem and bars next, with free Avid BB5 brake set, and some spare disc rotors from the spares pile...




And ready waiting for a Square taper Bottom Bracket...






All that above was 2 weeks ago, and Tuesday this arrived through the post from France, a sweet VP 100mm BB that is real smooth and was under £30 posted from France!, why does no one in the UK sell these?...



Fitted with Copper greased threads and greased ends ready for crank arms...



Tightened up, and a spirit level as a straight edge placed on the chainwheel to check chain line to the rear sprocket and pure fluke it was in line!...


Half link chain on and ideal chain tension,  gearing is 32t x 18t...


Some Alpkit Love Mud  Guards fitted and a wash after de greasing the chain which once wiped dry was lubed with Squirt Dry Lube, and job done....


A lot `more soon` of this bike...