Showing posts with label bike films. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bike films. Show all posts

Monday, 8 July 2013

Swamp Things... A Cool Film...

This was posted on the SURLY facebook page. A film on Vimeo by abovebike.com,  which i think is real cool as watch the guy hand paint on the Graphics...

SWAMP THINGS from goooove on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Local summer trails on the SURLY KramPug, nettle hell and a nasty bramble bush...

Another day riding the SURLY KramPug -:)



Been doing some tweaking to the KramPug cockpit...
I liked the look of the orange BMX grips but i get sore wrists riding any ridged bike what ever the tyre float and the latest Ergon grips are proving to be brilliant for comfort. I have these also on the Karate Monkey, and need to get a set for the Moonlander having swapped out its grips for the Pugsley after it`s grips sheared the lock bolt due to 5 years salt erosion...



Even with the improvement in grip comfort on my wrists the bars still seemed low with the fork steerer tube having been cut so low compared to what i prefer in bar height these days...


I can buy a fork steerer extender made by BBB but already have a home made one that has been proved reliable and safe. Remember these down hill headset locks from the 1990`s?...

Add this alloy spacer a friend made machined to 1 1/8th to insert into the steerer tube...



It was made to extend a fork steerer for my old Cannondale Uber V - a 6" travel frameset made from fitting a Raven CADD 4 Swingarm and a longer 190mm shock. It was bob free while climbing having the first generation of Fox Float air shock.  low maintenance with it being single pivot it was perfect for our Trail Centres. We were doing this a few years before the Scott Ransom arrived and made claim to being the first 6" rear travel all mountainbike! -:)
I still have the 1999  Uber frame along with an older 96 4" Super V, tied up in the Man Cave roof...


If your thinking `that steere extension is dangerous` and `you should not be riding that`  blah blah blah... well i rode this in a Rock Shox Pike fork for for over 2 years at Trail centres and its fine...  2 years of doing daft stuff like this...



Ah, those were the days... -:)



First thing is removing the star nut, quite tricky without a lenght of 6mm threaded rod...



I slid in a 16mm socket on an extender...


Then an old slide bar and hammered it out...


Then degreased it all with BrakeLek  aerosol brake cleaner...and glued it in using Araldite, wiping off any extra...


Next day and an extended steerer tube!, i run the Stem clamped over the join...

And the ride height is a lot more what i like on a Pugsley nowadays...



Next morning and off out to ride some local trails...


Loads of greenery, with some bright colours away from the coast...





The trails are now in places overgrown with Brambles and Nettles...My shins are on fire tonight!...


The SURLY KramPug is perfect set up now with higher bars and Ergon grips. i rode nearly 40 miles today and was not stiff and sore this evening... a good sign!
Only bad thing is those Nettle burns keeping my shins warm this evening!. Think it will be the beach next ride!.

Someone was asking me to do some films of some of the trails we ride without editing them to show the entire lenght of each trail and how long they are. So here you go...  Sometimes i think whole films shot from the chest mount can get a bit boring, but weaving single track through summer foliage does work quite well.
The chest cam - or as we call it the `Sports bra` works best following another rider, then you have two things to watch, the rider and the trail. The rider filming has to stay around 12 ft behind the rider in front of him though as he can quickly dissapear out of view with the fish eye lense of the HERO 2 Go Pro camera.

Good thing with chest cam films like this is that they take no time to edit, although each film still takes several hours to upload on youtube, i just rack em up then leave it to it...

These films from today's ride show why i own a SURLY Karate Monkey 29er and now the single speed SURLY KramPug. East Lothians coastline is amazing for Fatbikes, but we have some great single track around the coast as well as inland. The sand/loam base of the coastal trails mean they are ride able all year round. In summer they can get a bit soft where sandy if dry weather, why all my bikes run with dry lube on the chains. I still have found Squirt Lube to be the best as nothing sticks to it, even sand. Your chain has to be properly degreased before starting to use it, a mistake a lot of people do not do correctly.
I use paraffin and shake the chain in a screw on plastic container (Paraffin will melt the plastic brushes on chain cleaning tools). once done and running with Squirt lube i just use a chain cleaner with Nielson TFR (Traffic film remover soap for power washers) after every other ride. It has a slight caustic content and cleans up a nickle SRAM 991 chain squeaky clean...

The single speed is proving to be ace through long grass and undergrowth hanging over the trails. One gear means a lower top speed - a good thing on trails where you cannot see too far ahead. I also seem to regulate my breathing and not over heat as much as sometimes you just have to freewheel. The 32 x 18 gearing is ideal for these trails. This is mostly a similar loop from home i did on Saturday but cycled on minor roads to Seton Mains then returned to North Berwick with the tail wind...
All tracks are by Boards of Canada,
Need to click on the cog icon as usual to view in HD.

I hope you enjoy the ride, this is what we see, though of course we can also look around as we cycle...

Film 1;
 BOC Tracks are;`Poppy Seed` then `Mukinabaht`

A trail down from Seton Kirk leading to the coast, then joining the John Muir Way east through Longniddry Bents. A bit soft sand in places for the KramPugs 3" tyres, but better than my regular 29er and its faster on hard pack and roads than my regular 4" tyre Pugsley!



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Film 2;
BOC Tracks are;  `Kid For Today` (Ektachrome video (1963)   then   `Pete Standing Alone`

From Longniddry Bents No3 car Park at Fernie Ness east to Aberlady Village along the John Muir Way at Gosford Bay, a detour around Green Craigs woods then down into Aberlady Village. The trail above Gosford Bay is quite bumpy and hard to get a rhythm, and i find the fat bikes bounce a bit on this section of trails, and the 29er rattle you The Krampus rim/3" tyre combo is deft best here...



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Film3;
BOC Tracks are; `Spectrum`  then `5-9-78`  then  `Rodox Video`  then an unknowen track titled;  `DEPP-068KY`

From Aberlady along to the Crusader Knights Tomb. I doubled back as the continuation of this trail south (Postmans Walk) is overgrown with nettles...
Following the John Muir Way it was into Gullane via Saltcoats Ruins...
Looks like bicycle parking is sorted for the upcoming Open Golf Championships... -:)



In Gullane Village i rode i rode up Hill road to the Millenium Cairn and filmed the descent to West Road. Cycling east to Dirleton Village and some film through the woods at Archiefield Estate...



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Film 4;
BOC Tracks are;  `Buckie High`  then  `Tends Towards`

From Dirleton Village it was down the Garlic trail - filmed a few times before already but such a nice trail.
It joins the John Muir Way again in Yellowcraig. along one of many options through Yellowcraig woods then rejoined the JMW following it to Abbotsford  Road in North Berwick Town...








See you next time...






Thursday, 29 November 2012

Video - The Sea of Rock

I love riding on sand,  and also the rocks on our coast. both those above the tide line and those exposed at low tide that are often very greasy and slippy under foot.
Riding rocks on the coast on Fat bikes is my own personal test of  technical riding these days.
With a Fat Bike and it`s low pressure and larger foot print and increased grip you can ride stuff which is near impossible on a regular bike. No need for suspension for this slow speed type of riding.

Most UK riders would say riding Trail Centres or Down Hill tracks is their own personal test of technical riding. Bikes with suspension that allow faster speeds of controlled riding.
Many of the bikes most folk ride for this are termed `All Mountain Bikes` and i included have owned bikes which fall into this collective type of bike.

Most of us will never ride our bikes anywhere near to their full capability.
Their are loads of `Huck fest` MTB film out their today, all along the same theme of life style young `dudes` riding off huge drops and jumping big gaps etc, and i never watch any of them anymore as the theme has been done to death.  Films by the likes of UK rider Danny Macaskill are always fresh and entertaining.

Here is a film of what can be done on a well set up full suspension bicycle when ridden by a very skilled rider.

This film is a whole different ball game to most riding due to its unique location in Austria, and really is `All Mountain Riding`.
A story of how an old Military bicycle has been lying up on a mountain in Austria since 1972...



This film is quite long but stick with it, as from 7mins 40 secs you will see some really great bike riding skills...

`Not your usual day at the Beach`...

SEA OF ROCK from infinite trails on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Walz Caps with Great Rock

What indeed is a good ride without a pint at the end...

-:)



Tuesday, 14 February 2012

History of Mongoose Bicycles

Great 33 min film on the history of the producers of the first complete BMX bike...
Pour a beer or cider, sit back and enjoy...

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Made in Britain...

If like me you love bike parts made by Hope, a British bicycle parts company who make some lovely looking and preforming bling for your bike then you will like this film made of a wee tour of the Hope factory by Danny Macaskill and the Inspired Bikes team... you will see the precision lathes, milling machines, water jet cutters, and anodising that goes into those lovely little parts you spend a lot of money on then grow to appreciate over years of use, i have Hope headsets now 7 years old and Hope hubs on all bikes, There hydraulic brakes that are 4 and 8 years old, and original Hope stems and love its `made in a shed on a lathe look` and so far for myself fault free performance...
When you see bicycle company's like Hope, there is still Industry alive in the UK...
Good job for folk like Danny...

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Gullane Beachride...


Not been the best week weather wise to have taken Holidays but still plenty to do,
It was heavy rain at Glentress on Sunday but the 7 of us that went had good fun,but it was just too wet to consider taking the camera,Then after yesterdays downpour the regular trails are saturated, but theres still the coastline.
Today i spent a couple of hours cycling about the Gullane coastline.
Been a while since i have been out to the WW2 midget Subs in Aberlady bay.
Since the last visit there has been a lot of movement of sand banks,now the East side of the better of the 2 subs is submerged...

I hope to make a film about these subs and there history soon...




The more Easterly Sub is starting to break up now...

Not often the sand bank where they lie is really smooth,must have been the recent strong winds,make cycling nice and smooth and its lovely to just cruise along.
Here is a wee bit film passing `DAS Boots`...

Different times of year bring different shells ashore,this now quite a few large Welks...

And the moving sands have made this WW2 coastal defence anti glider pole reappear,one of 2 here complete on the Reserve,should dig a hole to let the base fall in and upright it!...

The Rocks along the coastline here are every shade of brown...


Continuing along and underneath the Cliffs known as `Maggies Loup` and over more rocks,here is a wee bit film...

And dropping down i slipped into a pool of water on the greasy rocks, the soles of my new KEEN boots dont grip as good as Five Ten boots but they are definitly waterproof!, then i slipped again and dropped the pugsley-rider error this time...

The 2 huge parts of an old pier have been here a couple of years now, right in the way for riding down `Murder Hill` dune...


You can see lovely markings on the sandstone cliff here...

And the green slimy stuff i just slipped on is almost luminous in colour...

Heading down Gullane Bay,the main beach,and a wee wheelie...


A friend asked if riding Beaches i dont miss the climbs and descents of regular mountainbiking, but there is some nice technical riding in places like here between Gullane Bay and Freshwater Haven above the shore line...

Apart from re-discovering cycling getting this bike ive also had to hone new skills riding it,took a while to learn to ride a fully ridged bike with suspension in the tyres but once you get the hang of it and how much power to put through the pedals to prevent wheel spin this bike really amazes and rewards...if you can clean this trail on a regular bike your way better a rider than me!,
Here is a wee film riding here...

From Freshwater Haven i returned west along a cracking bit of sandy singletrack between a fence and Sea Buckthorn-the bake Bean plant!,
I love this trail,several trails lead off it down to the beach,at its end is a natural spring which often floods the trail as it was today due to all the recent heavy rainfall, still no mud though!
Here is the last film from today...

The Council have been clearing large areas of the encroaching Sea Buckthorn over the winter above Gullane Bay and it is reopening a maze of criss crossed sandy trails

I spent a while riding some up and down-it just keeps getting better owning this bike as you find more and more places to ride like here where old trails are getting reinstated.And there ridable all year round whatever the weather.
I came across something i havent seen here before, a`Dragons Tooth` pyramid shaped WW2 Anti tank deterrent,dug up by one of the 360 diggers it is now sitting upside down...

I have only just seen the regular blocks around here before like these nearby...

Then i came across this,previously hidden by the Sea Buckthorn...

A demolished Army building with concrete floor and brick walls...


I know there was a Firing Range here during WW2 and also Beach Landing Training took place as part of the training for the 1944 D Day Normandy Landings.
Maybe it was an Observation Building for this?.Need to do some research as it could be an interesting post for the new blog.

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Harvest Biking...racing the plough...


The harvest is nearly all done now...cut and baled..some fields still have bales scattered across and the early Autumn weather adds to the scenery this now...

been fun the last 3 weeks out on the Pugsley just riding where ever i please,and the constant noise of crunching stubble beneath the big tyres...

now after watching surrounding fields from work every day from a year ago being ploughed,sown,grown and now harvested the circle restarts as day by day fields get disk harrowed and ploughed again...
a window in the weather Sunday allowed a chance to ride and film again the loop from home to the coast through the fields i look at daily at work..same time next year?

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Group Nightride...

This weeks midweek The Bike Chain rideout was around some trails in Mid lothian near Newtongrange led by friend Steven with a planned hour or so daylight trails then a pub stop then some more nightriding once proper dark...
8 riders meant my job as tailend charlie/sweeper was ok and i had also brought along the pugsley for giggles and as some friends haven't seen it yet..it proved itself easily up to a trailride despite its extra weight and on some of the steep gravel climbs crawled up while regular bikes spun out...
the evenings ride was as always around here on great woodland trails of singletrack and with the thick leaf cover although never far from a main road or housing estate often it felt like we were riding in the middle of nowhere...
Pugsley meets pigsley...

good views north from above Gorebridge across to Edinburgh...

Bramble Whiskey was passed round...also known as Rambo...was lovely and smooth...

flyby shot hence the blur!...

once the sun set i couldn't film so just got a couple of pics when we stopped...
rode the good trails around Newbattle, made alot better being dark...


ride leader and local Steven led a great route...

quick stop at the Sun Inn for a drink and crisps...



here`s some film before dark, one day i will have a helmet camera that films in low light...