Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Sunday, return of the sun!, and an exploding rear hub!

 Wednesday and Pugsley go to the beach!

Funny what 12 hours can do to the weather!,
After the horrendous cold and wet weather of Saturday Sunday dawned frosty and clear!...


Keen mountain biker Louise got in touch and keen to try out a fatbike  we arranged a beachride from North Berwick, Louise rode the Surly Wednesday, and enjoyed the riding west towards Gullane. It was a lovely day for it with that magic winter light on the coast...


Climbing a sandy single track trail on a small dune there was a big bang from my Pugsley and the free hub slipped if under pressure.  i thought a hub bearing had collapsed, as it had side to side play and weirdly the rim had buckled. Unseen at the time once home i discovered the rear hub shell had cracked, ovaling the hub and causing the free hub to slip and spoke tension distort the wheel.

Being a Pugsley with reversible wheels i swapped the wheels and could continue though with the fixed cog and derailer still on i could not stop pedalling!..

Reversed wheels - get out of jail free card of the Pugsley!

we cut back through Archerfield and spoke to Gavin who had been up flying, before a visit to Steampunk cafe for nibbles....



Back home and here you can see the front wheel on the back with fixed Surly Dingle cog which gave me a choice of two gears!...


With the rear wheel needing another hub shell i returned the Orange Pug to 29+ KramPug mode with it`s 29 x 3" tyres and TIME pedals...


Here is the busted hub, a Hope EVO Pro 2, now having posted this on line already there is a pattern of this model of this hub breaking the hub shell, and this is my second evo hub shell to crack, not good. I need to post it back to Hope and see if i can get a replacement, either that or will maybe look at another make of hub...


More soon...

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Saturday rain ride on the coast...


The sun cannot shine all the time!, and Saturday dawned not overcast as fore casted but raining, and it was a raw cold as i drove and picked up friend Craig to go for a beach ride,

Gear Up!;
Dressed for the weather i was warm and dry all day,
Alpkit Gravitas Jacket, Merino long sleeve base layer and DC top,


Hands were toasty inside BARR MITTS...


Merino boxers, Keela Cycling trousers, Alpkit Waterproofs,  Trekmates `Baffin` short gators over Anatom walking boots and Thick Bridgedale wool socks and i was all toasty!... 



We met St and Mac who were riding to Gullane so joined them for the banter,
all pics today by Craig...












The cold rain eased off by the time we passed Yellowcraig and we even seen a glow in the sky where the sun was trying to burn through to say hello!...



But by the time we returned to NB and left the warmth of Craig`s cafe the drizzle was back on and it was freezing!.  Wet snow fell on the higher ground of the local Garleton hills as i drove Craig home and it was good to get home myself before dark and into the warmth with my stove on!,

I never shot much film worth using, the lense blotted with rain most of the way to Gullane, but there is a little, add some pics by Craig and a short wee film edited up quickly,
Song is `The Tape` by Working For A Nuclear Free City...


Sat Rain ride on the coast; Jan 17 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.

More soon...

Friday, 27 January 2017

Catch up... a week of winter sun...


Sunset on the commute home...

First light...





Been a lovely cold week of winter sun since Tuesday.  Although cold the sunrises and sunsets are stunning and dry underfoot is more pleasant for working out doors...
 

Another big picture frame we put up at the start of the week on the Willow Walk!...


Keeping warm on two wheels!...


Watching the planes...






Cycling home and the stove on in the evenings...


Met blogger friend Alastair  on Tuesday for a couple of pints at the local, it was good to meet up and have a good banter and set the world to rights! lol...



A great week at work doing a variety of jobs, from Pond maintenance...



Mr blue sky...


Perfect sunset...




Another morning, and soaking up the winter scenery...



Fencing...




Finished!...


Friday, always a busy day, and what better way to finish the working week than watching Gavin fly some aerobatics!,  before heading home for the weekend.  And more cycling this weekend!...
life is good... :)




Wee film...


Aerobatics display Jan 17 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


More soon...