Sunday, 24 July 2016

Singular Puffin; 29+ trail ride Pt2; Dawn ride before the rain...


The Humid muggy weather continues and Sunday morning i was up early to get in a cycle before the fore casted rain arrived midday,
I swapped out the Singular Puffin`s Fat wheels for the Halo 29+ wheels again and went in search of ride able trails that were not too overgrown-July is always when trails are overgrown, hard to get a good loop to ride as we wait on Harvest to start and acres of stubble fields to cycle...

Lavender i think?


Former East Linton Station...


I rode to East Linton and followed a slightly overgrown riverside trail to Hailes Castle, too overgrown to day to wing it along what is usually a fast trail, arrived at the castle soaked in sweat with the close muggy weather...




The old road south from Hailes is a lovely old green road and thankfully not to overgrown, it led to the main road to Haddington where via the Aimsfield estate wind dust trail i rejoined the Tyne trail into Haddington and then climbed up through the woods to Barney Mains Hill and it`s Transmitter masts...




Hike a bike here and hard work in thigh high grass...


Sweating bullets...




As the weather closed in and the drizzle came on i t was off the brakes down the ridge road and would soon be home...


Here is some film shot with the Go Pro, impossible to stop sweat smearing the lenses when it is on the chest mount in such warm conditions so it all look a bit blurry-same as the compact camera lenses!...

Song is `Oh! Vanity` by The Charlatans


Singular Puffin Fatbike; 29+ trail ride Pt2 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.

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Trail spectating East Fortune Airshow...

Pic by Craig...


Saturday dawned clear and sunny skies-ideal for the annual airshow here at East Fortune. Though the day would cloud over and be a bit dull but stayed dry...



Craig texted and popped over to ride some trails to the coast then up above East Fortune to watch the airshow at Pencraig then Markle...







The Red Arrows opened the show and as always are a superb performance-amazing skill how close they fly apart, that`s why they are the best display team in the world,
The Typhoon blew eardrums with it`s stunning performance, what that plane can do is nuts!
And the skies of East Fortune once again echoed to the noise of WW2 Rolls Royce V12 Merlin  engines of a P51 Mustang and later a Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF)...the noise of those Merlins is quite moving...
We were joined at Markle by Dave G also out on his Pugsley, a great day out..




In not the right order some pics by Craig...


















Some film of the day...
Song is `Loose Fit` by Happy Mondays...

Trail spectating East Fortune Airshow 2016 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.

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Friday, 22 July 2016

Singular Puffin; film around local Woods...



After this weeks Thunderstorms the woods are soft and muddy like winter and a bit slippy for the 29+ tyres i have to use, so ideal conditions for the Surly Nate Tyre`s that came on the Singular Puffin,
I refitted them yesterday evening and added some mud guards.
Down the woods today on the local estate and although a muggy day it was a bit cooler in the woods...
The woods i rode today are typical conditions many Fatbike owners will ride, maybe not really needing to have 4" Fat wheels,  but a fun and comfortable ride,  and  the chunky front Nate tyre saved the front from sliding a few times...
Only took one pic today as filming.

Short film...
Song is `Twice` by Little Dragon


Singular Puffin Fatbike;  Local Woods from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


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Thursday, 21 July 2016

Singular Puffin on test; 5" tyres on Dunes and coast..



4.30am alarm and up with the morning chorus,
Yesterdays Thunderstorms had blown out and the sky was clear as i cycled to the coast to get in an hour on the dunes and coast at Peffersands before going to work.
The sun is already up at 5am...


I wanted to get some film riding dunes on the Singular Puffin with the 4.7/4.8 tyres fitted...


5am and no one around as expected, be busy later today here with the warm weather and holidays..

Beach was footprint free after last nights downpour thunderstorm...


Filming done and time for a few pics...





Generation 2 Puffin with Fat tyres;
On Saturday`s beachride with friends the Puffin felt good riding some rock sections east of Seacliff, the 5" tyres always give more comfort and stall less, but with the eccentric BB set half way on the shortest chainstay setting there was enough pedal clearance with little striking,

Front Tyre clearance;There is loads of fork clearance with the big floatation 4.8" Schwalbe Jumbo Jim tyre-i think any 4.8" tyre will fit on the front.

Rear Tyre clearance;
The Surly `Big Fat larry` (BFL) 4.7" tyre fits the rear with no trouble with rubbing on the insides of the chainstays when it flexes the side walls at 6 psi...



And as important the full 10 speed cassette with no cassette rings removed does not touch the the tyre in 1st gear, result!

Ideal rear 5" Fat tyre;
So unless you want to shell out £120 for a 45 Nrth  4.6 tyre, a new Surly BFL tyre at £85, or a secondhand one often available is ideal to fat up the Puffin for the soft stuff on the coast.

Handling on dunes;
The Puffin still has the eccentric BB set in the rear setting to give the shortest chain stay and with the 5" tyres fitted there was no problem of pedal strike with the 175 cranks on tussocks and ruts in the dunes.
I never dropped the seat post to roll down the dunes and felt i had enough weight back over the rear wheel and the steering was stable on the descents-seen some Fatbike`s with real scary headshake wobbles riding down the dunes here!, but the Puffin was stable and ace fun!..


6.40am alarm is ringing on the phone, time to get cranking up to work to clock in at 7am!!!...


Some film edited up from the ride this evening,
Song is `Pop Song 89`  by REM...


Singular Puffin Fatbike;  5`` tyres Dune ride from coastkid71 on Vimeo.

With all the rain from the previous 48 hours thunderstorms the woods and trails are real wet so i refitted the 4" Surly Nate tyres  this evening for all round grip for the next few days riding woods, trails and the coast.


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