Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Midweek Cycle; St Baldreds to Peffersands...


A stunning evening that was too nice to just go home from work to so nipped along to Tyninghame for a wee cycle, all was quiet in the woods after what had been a windy day with heavy rain showers...





Empty beach...




A wee film,
Song is `Reach for the Dead` by Boards of Canada



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Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Return of the Green Pugsley!...


Having a cheap Pugsley with 1x10 gears and 4" Fat tyres and a 29+ wheel set i have been planning to return to two Pugsley`s again as before, one a Fatbike  with mech gears, one with a Shimano Alfine Internal Gear Hub (IGH) for its low maintenance and long life of drive chain which is ideal for a cheap run around bike,
I had the chance to get back my green Pugsley again so sold the alloy frame Charge frame that had a complete Surly Pugsley build , so plan to sell some of  the parts to fund the frame set. The wheels with Alfine IGH were sold to friend Chris after relacing the rear wheel to a Shimano XT hub- on my 29+ wheels and i was soon ready to rebuild this frame set as a Hybrid style bike in the form of a 29+ KramPug-you maybe watched the recent film i posted by Jeff Jones and his like for  29+ for a day to day bike, i have used this size wheelset for a while now (5 years)  and love them, esp when fitted with Maxxis Chronicle tyres the roll is good on tarmac despite being a 3" wide tread.

I sold the alloy Charge frame to local Phil who needed a replacement for his cracked frame, i still have the 9Zero7 fork to sell, and a load of other spares not needed for my bike collection,
I soon set about build up this frame set how i wanted it...


Stripping the rear wheel i soon had the Alfine IGH laced on with a different length spoke (274mm)


The bike has a square taper BB, an On One BB which runs smooth so will leave it in and will swap it out for a VP 100mm square taper BB (pictured) once it gets rough...


Front wheel went straight in as it should being an offset Pug wheel...


The rear once relaced with the IGH need the sprocket and gear changer stuff added...


First the disc side and the Shimano splined disc mount...


And then disc, tightened up...



 Then the drive side gear change mechanism...





With the wheel built ready a simple case of mounting and with the correct serrated washers i added a chain tensioner made for horizontal drop outs...


 MKS Track drop out tensioner...





The supplied Alfine axle nuts are these Acorn style nuts...


But i prefer these flange lock nuts...


Drive chain fitted was a half link BMX chain as ideal for getting the correct lenght to get the wheel mounted well forward,


Next to change the cockpit,  keeping the brakes and cables i added a 90mm stem and Alpkit  `Confictious` bars and Avid BB7 brake levers and Ergon grips...



These Stella saddles were on eBay for £15 free postage, an absolute bargain and i fitted it to this Pug build to get it broken in...


The Saddle even comes with wax and tensioner spanner for that price!, and i added some wax and melted it into the saddle with a heat gun...



 So then, an affordable cheap (compared to new similar spec bikes) run around with a value to be able to lock up outside cafes/pubs/Supermarkets yet be ideal for commuting, both on and off road...



I also have several boxes of spares for Pugsleys including 10 speed mechs, cassettes, IGH Fatbike wheel set, Square taper cranks and BB`s, BB7 brakes, four 29+ tyres, and five 4" Fat tyres.

So, loads of stuff to keep two Pugsleys rolling on the cheap for a while...


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Sunday, 17 March 2019

Midweek Cycle; Post work cycle; Links Woods Tyninghame...




Nights are slowly drawing out and signs of spring are evident in the woods, not long until the nettles and thistles appear along with long grass so good to go a cycle through the woods  while still able to easily...

The Block Trail this could be called with all the WW2 Coastal Crust defencive Anti Tank blocks here...




The last burst of sun before it clouded over from a lovely day of light...


A wee film riding through the woods,
Song is `Data Italia` bt Legowalt



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Friday, 15 March 2019

Gullane Point cycle...


A few weeks ago i cycled out to Gullane Point a few days after a big fire had consumed a huge area of dunes on the Reserve,  it had rained the previous evening but the smell of burning was still strong as i returned along the dune tops to take some pics and film...












Looks like a war zone, the marram grass will recover quite quickly having happened in winter...



A rippled and wet ride to the sub wrecks so i would leave riding across to them until a better time when tides and winds make for a drier smoother crossing...






 Edited up a wee film, Song is `Seeya Later -2014` by Boards of Canada




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