Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Charge Cooker Maxi 1 Alloy Fatbike build £300 + used parts...



Ok i lied it cost £315 plus used parts i already had but yeah a cool Fatbike built from the cash of selling my old car and using stuff i had to hand plus the following new parts;

Frame; clearance on eBay;   £78
wheelset with tyres;              £145
VP 100mm sq taper BB;       £18
Headset;                                £18
10 speed chain                      £18
Avid BB7 brake callipers     £18
Charge Spoon saddle           £20

What`s this? an alloy frame fatbike?
Yeah i know!, i like steel bikes, but you find me a steel Fatbike frame for this price, you simply cannot. and when i seen these advertised on eBay for this price it was a no brainer...

Used Parts;
Some of the items above  i could have sourced used but time was running out for a winter beach bike to be ready - this bike is replacing my old Pugsley which at 10 years old and Scotland`s 1st fatbike is being retired from the harsh conditions of the east coast to be restored to how i bought it, and the `Charge has been built to also preserve my Surly Wednesday with it`s suspension fork and dropper post,

A 40t 10 speed Sunrace cassette and Shimano 1 x 10 ZEE drive train was used from a previous Surly Krampus 29+  build, everything else in the spec was used at some point in previous  Fatbike builds which if i sold on eBay i would estimate to be worth around say £100?

Cheap Fatbikes buys complete;
There is a complete stock Charge Cooker 1 Maxi for sale this now on a Facebook page for £400 which is about the cheapest you can buy a decent frame set Fatbike for here in the UK,
So i kinda matched that with using used parts i had already payed for but yeah for under £500 you can get a decent built Fatbike,


Swappable stuff;
Despite being a large frame this bike measures up only a half inch longer than a medium Surly Pugsley, and my original 18" Pugsley Medium size frame bag made for my old `non drop tube` Pug Epic Designs frame bag fits this frame nicely (As it also does for my Surly Wednesday)
Ideal for stashing extra winter clothing, to a brew kit...
In case you think the bag looks too small thats a grab rail gap on the top tube for walking in snow conditions for those new to the Fatbike scene ;)





You could add on to the £30 cost of 2 x 24" inner tubes and tubeless sealant to set the wheels up Ghetto tubeless, and a set of Alpkit mudguards, but they are personal upgrades in my book...


Makes for an ideal bike for winter beach riding duties, and saving my Surly Wednesday which is my hardtail MTB in + wheel set up and with its suss forks and dropper post through the winter months...

More soon...

Monday, 20 November 2017

Winter, stoves, and free heat...

Winter and time to get a heat in front of the stove you have cut wood for all summer in preparation...





Norwegian Wood; 

I was given this amazing book for my Christmas 3 years ago from my Big bro and O,
And what a great read on firewood, how to cut it and stack it and dry it. It may be focused around Scandinavia but the principles are the same around the world as is the satisfaction and feeling of contentment and how therapeutic it can be cutting your own firewood...

It features some great information and some amazing pictures of stacked firewood...







Turns out a couple of friends already know about and have this book and love it too.
If you follow  This link... to Amazon for the book you can read the first few pages of the book,
It`s a hard book to put down once you get into it...


Here is a film on Youtube by SkillCult of his own review of the book...


You can read his own blog post of the book Here...


Back home...
My own little wood stock is slowly growing!


5 meters deep, 3 months dried Willow...


Green Willow...


Scots Pine and Ash...


2 coastal harvests off the coast...



My late fathers axes, he bought these when engaged to mum, so there over 50 years old now...


Building for the future...



More soon...

Back on the coast; New coast bike; Charge Cooker...


Another day of high pressure weather, and an early ride on the coast at Gosford Bay...



Early and no one around, always nice to have the coast to yourself...


Along to Longniddry Bents and not much showing of this old boat wreck as i returned along the coast...


Back along the JMW in a sea of gold...


Home and a wash down, Ideal bike for the coast, post up spec on this soon...


Some film from this mornings ride...



Charge Cooker Maxi 1 fatbike Beachride; Gosford Bay to Longniddry Links Nov 17 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.



More soon...

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Lammermuir Hills cycle...


I organised a cycle up into the Lammermuirs and was joined by friends Stuart until Gifford, then on with Craig and Donald and a 27 mile loop which would take in the trails from Bolton to Gifford, then up into Yester Woods, then on to the Hopes and up onto the Lammermuirs and Lammer Law Cairn, before descending to the woods and back to Gifford...

Here is the 1st of films through Bolton Woods...
Song is `Before You` by The Brian Jonestown Massacre


Autumn Woods Cycle; Bolton to Gifford Nov 17 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.



Riding on we were blessed with amazing cloud formations over head...


Up to the Hopes and a dam built of stone that once housed possibly a prison of some of the most violent times in Scottish history, and now it is set in one of the most scenic places in Scotland...







Climbing up onto the hills and a climb that  is a good workout...


And zooming in on the previous pic is `The climb of Doom` a dead end shooting track that would be a real brutal hill climb challenge...


We joined the ancient track from Lammerlaw to Carfraemill and branched off to the cairn on Lammerlaw...



It was stunning views up here but baltic!, puddles were frozen....



We huddled in a rock wind breaker for a bite to eat and soaked up the views...




Some film from Hopes to Lammer Law...


Hopes to Lammerlaw cycle; Nov 17 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.




Then it was down to the descent off the hill...




The sign at Long Yester...


We dropped down to Gifford through Yester Woods and enjoyed the late afternoon sunshine on the Autumn cloaked trees...




A short detour to enjoy some nice woodland single track  named `Spare Nought`...

Here is some film here in Yester woods....

Some film,
song is  `A Forest` by The Cure


`Spare Nought` trail- Yester Trails Nov 17 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


`Spare Nought`... `Kill everyone`...


Back into the woods to Bolton and the racing the sunset as the last light of the day  lit up the Autumn gold...





A great days riding with friends...


More soon...