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...



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 Nates 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...

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Drizzle to delight at Seacliff cycle...



Saturday i rode with Craig down to Yellowcraig to meet Brian who was through visiting the east coast for the day,

You think of the coast and power of the sea when you see things moved and erosion etc,
But see here at Yellowcraig how the onshore salt air has contorted these Scots Pine trees and they have grown inland away from the coast,  pretty cool...



Broadsands was near devoid of people and a drizzle came on and a real flat light was not going to be ideal for some nice pics, i took this in black and white to try out but it was still real flat light...


Riding west to Marine Villa and the black rocks were slippery being wet,  a fishing rod washed up, this  beach is being litter picked on the 30th March along with the Estate beach west of Marine Villa by volunteers and the Ranger service and Walled Garden staff, i`m looking forward to it, estate work comes in many forms!...


Scorpion Trail was lethal today! the seaweed seems to have a burst of growth and was real greasy and best avoided!...



Other riders in front, one set of Surly Nate tyres tracks of a rider that i think had been both directions along the coast,  and another on Schwable Jumbo Jim tyres that had been one way - Fatbike tracking skills!...


Brian soon came into sight and was good to see him again!...


Brian fancied visiting Seacliff Harbour so we road east under a gloomy overcast sky and light drizzle...




After meeting Donald riding out to Gullane and back and a quick chat we headed into North Berwick and via the Glen took the back road to Seacliff...


By now the drizzle was off and with the waves breaking on the rocks there was a sea spray haze in the air that picked up what little sunlight there was and transformed the light, fantastic....



It really is a special place Seacliff, almost magical with the tiny harbour, reputed to be the smallest commercial fishing (Lobster) harbour in the world, Tantallon Castle perched on the cliff across the bay, the Bass Rock rising out the Forth, and the waves rolling into the sandy beach...

Here is some film i shot around Seacliff,
Song is `Je suis le vent` by Working For A Nuclear Free City

Seacliff Harbour visit; March 17 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


It was a brief visit at Seacliff before riding back to NB, where we bumped into Donald again and big Mike!, back along to Gullane and after saying goodbye to Brian, Craig and i headed to Drem off road 

 

It would be approx 44 miles by the time i was home and over 50 for Craig so a good workout for a Fatbike ride!,

More soon...

Thursday, 16 March 2017

More Surly KramPug 29+ commuting; wee film....



Another day of high pressure weather but still windy!, and really enjoying riding my old Surly Pugsley Fatbike daily to work in `KramPug` 29+ mode again,
Busy day at work and Spring is making it`s self seen in the woods as the days grow longer and warmer...







Soon it`s home time and it`s great to be getting some daylight riding again after work as the daylight hours grow longer daily, some pics at Yellowcraig and West Links coast.





Nice light for filming so shot a wee film leaving work and riding to North Berwick,
Song is `So` by Working For A Nuclear Free City...


Surly KramPug 29  Commute; March 16th  2017 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


More soon...