Sunday, March 29, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Worth a look is Jim Hsu's Travel Blog. I have been riding with Jim for years now and this trip had him on a big high, a truly once in a lifetime ride. Good on ya Jim.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I have been riding on the new Rock Shox SID's since the Scott last year and have been loving them. I decided with the longer travel Kona 120, to go the ever reliable Reba's with 20mm through axle. Mavic make a SLR to suit so I have not gained any weight, but the advantages are huge. The beauty of the RockShox system is it is a true quick release. I reckon I can remove the front wheel quicker than with standard quick release.
I opted to go with XO trigger. Teamed up with a Matchmaker, I still only have one band around the bars, even on the side holding the remote lock out leaver, how good is that...Also looking forward to abusing the new Avid Elixir CR brakes, they really look the business.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
I have found the top to be so comfortable that I am wearing a half size smaller shoe to give me a good snug fit and better power transfer. The harness system (very similar to my old Adidas Adistar shoes) is excellent. The top strap has ratchet adjustment for ease of use on the fly and the bottom two steps are fool proof velco. Another handy addition is the supplied brass plates that sit between the cleat and the solo. There is two different thicknesses to suit all pedals and give a perfect connection. They also act as protection against wear on you sole from rubbing on the outside of the pedal (especially good for egg better uses). Bottom line is these shoe a great. They have everything you would want in a race shoe or even an all day trail shoe. I even think I will stop taking a second set of shoes to races they are that good. I forgot to mention they are light, very light.
Monday, March 9, 2009
This long weekend I needed to just get out and ride. I have never been a fan of riding on tired legs, so a long weekend gives the opportunity to have a day off between rides.
Saturday morning I decided to get out nice and early with Clackers. We got two climbs in in the Dandenongs before rolling down for the hell ride. It was a good test for the body, I was able to keep the intensity high and even got to roll turns up the front for a while.
Today was a perfect day for a long mtb hit out. Lucky the pink boys had plans that included myself. Starting from richmond we (there was 12 of us in total) rode the entire mullum loop (about 80k's). Chuck in the 20 odd k's from home and back, gave me a very long in the saddle. The best bit was the fact that my body was good to take on the challenge. Two more weeks of training and I think I will be ready to take on the NZ boys on their turf.