Post SSUK'10. Reportage will be on VC Moulin. Meanwhile i've got a bit of a clear up op. to do. G Funk was here, and we set about building his first wheels. He picked it up pretty quick and easy and made a sweet new wheel.
Then straight into a trying few days at work. Dont know whether its the economic downturn biting home, or just a couple of butterfly wing flaps on the other side of the world, or maybe its just me, but everything is just misery at the moment.
On returning home, I realised that the cat had made a home in the tent that has been airing since i came back up from Cymru. All the cycling kit i didnt use (all will be explained) was strewn across the floor and my sleeping bag was stinking up the place too. Under all that was the pile of dirty cycling kit i needed to wash, and all the stuff i needed to send out as thank yous and quid pro quos for the Outcast (issue 24 of which is out now). Bam.
I need an admin evening. So of course i longed for the trails and under the excuse of trying to work out if the cross bike this year will have drops or jones bars i headed out to the local spot and got a couple of hours in.
Although i started in rain (you guessed it!) i got a peep of sunshine for the last hour. All good. And it will have jones bars. Probably.
Talking of the jones. In an odd turn of events, after SSUK, i pretty much decided i wnt to run gears on it for the Kielder 100. A wee bit of thinkering and i purchased a Dura Ace road cassette (12-25, of which the top 5 are on alloy carriers), an xtr 9 speed multi-release/multi-shift trigger shifter and an ultegra short cage mech.
The concept here is 5 speed, with 17-19-21-23-25 at the rear and either a 33 or 34 at the front. That gives me quick shifts of 1 or 2 cogs and a pretty usable gear range around the gear i will use most. We'll see how it goes. Up front will be an e13 xcx chain guide to keep things right. The Dura Ace cogs are lighter than light (being ti) and the mech shouldnt need too much adjusting due to it being a close and small cassette. We'll see. Ideally the cassette needs a little material off one side of the carriers to make it a little flusher with the freehub. Should be 5 mins work
More as it happens.