Monday, December 7, 2009

45klm Pug ride... on the road.

rode (a large chunk of the way) to work on the Pug this morning...

Dropped the Landcruiser at the mechanics for a service and rode the remaining 45klm to work.

On the pug'.

With 3.7" tyres.

On the road.

Not as horrific as I expected it to be. Yes it did take a noticably more effort to get it rolling and up to speed. But once at speed... it stayed there without too much "extra" effort.

Pumped the tyres up to a "rock hard" 20psi too...

Elvis.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

1st ride!







well... I'm back from my first ever ride on the Pug'.






FUN FUN FUN!!!










Sunday, November 29, 2009

(finally) Started the bike build...
I know... I know... it's a "work in progress".
Waiting on the wheels to be built.

Currently the build is:
Pug' frame and fork. (18")
Syncros FL headset
Ritchey SC stem (tempory until our shipment of Salsa ProMoto Ti stems arrive)
Salsa ProMoto bar 11 degree
Salsa bar ends (last of my stash) I LOVE the bend of these. I've had various pairs of them on my touring bike(s) since the early 90's.
Sram X0 twisters and rear deraileur
SLX front deraileur
Fifteen G cranks
Crank Brothers Mallet pedals
Hayes Stroker Trail brakes
Ergon grips on the bars, Oury grips on the bar ends. (lame looking I know but nice in the desert)
not yet fitted...
SDG Grand Prix saddle
Cane Creek Thudbuster seatpost (a loaner... if I like it... I'll get one for myself)

Wheels...
Large Marge rims
DT Swiss Competition spokes
ProLock nipples
Endomorph tyres
Stan's filled Surly tubes (not actually "filled"... but you get the idea) Tubeless would be nice... but info on sucessfull conversions seems to be scarce...
Chub 135mm SS disc hub on the front
Dice HooDoo 135mm 9spd hub on the back (temporary until the Chub geared hubs are available)

Hopefully finished the build (as is) next week. (all depends on Wheelcraft... they're hammered with wheel builds at the moment)

Elvis.


Friday, November 20, 2009

wow... easily one of the most stressfull two weeks I've gone through. 100 pages of DW 2010 catalogue in 12 days.

result... no riding at all.

Time to make it up.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

well... my (ex) Mojo is in its new owners arms tonight.

And I'm up to my eyeballs in 2010 catalogue deadline. *sigh* It's amazing how much writing about bikes can make you want to ride one more than anything in the entire world...

But... not a lot of riding going to happen for the next week and a half.

Oh well. I'll get the new Pugsley built next week and go from there.

Monday, October 26, 2009

I believe that "committed" is the word we're looking for here readers...

I sold the Mojo SL last night. I love(d) that bike. It rode like a dream. I'll be very sad to see it go.

But selling it allows me to build the Pugsley. And the Pug' is the ultimate desert bike. (I think... I hope... )

Monday, October 19, 2009

the decision has been made.

My Ibis Mojo is now up for sale.

Time to build a Surly Pugsley.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

I'm not dead.

WOW... the 2009 installment of the Simpson Desert Bike Challenge is over...

What a year. Temperatures were noticably down on 2008. (where we hit a max' of 52 degrees celcius, and an average of 39) THIS year, 2009, was considerably more comfortable for human beings. We hit the max' of 42 twice I think. Both in the mid afternoon. Otherwise it hung around the 30 degree mark for most of the riding time.

But the difference this year was the sand. OH MY GOD... the sand!!!

The recent dust storms have really "fluffed" the sand and dust up and made the riding far worse than last year. I really found myself struggling to ride sections that I know I cleaned last year.

This years goal was simple. To make sure that when I was swept... that I was thoughourly STUFFED atr the time. In 2008 I always felt fine when I was swept. I was just slow.

My plan this time was to push myself much harder. So much so that i was royally stuffed everytime the evil Sweep got me.

I succeeded. My legs were in pain and my body hurts a hell of a lot.

More text and images to follow.

Closing comment... will I go back?

Answer... hell yes. Once more I've learned a lot. So has my wonderfull wife (my exceptional support crew). Is 2010 the year of the Surly Pugsley?

maybe... maybe...

Sunday, September 13, 2009

11 days to go

11 days until we leave. hard to believe that it's really been a year.

I've well accepted that a lack of training will be an issue. On the other hand... I ridden more in the last month, than for the same time last year...

I know that I'm way more prepared mentally this time.

On a positive note. I've dropped 12.4kg in the last month.

That makes me officially the lightest that I've been since I've been married. 6 years.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

well... it's been a long time since my last post. and while there has been some effort done in "training"... probably not enough.

With 4 weeks until the event it looks to me like 2010 might be the year that I actually get motivated enough to do some real training for the SDBC. (asuming that my wife will let me go back next year)

At least this year... I know what has to be done. And when. Go out harder, and just try to stay in front of the sweep as long as I can.

This is a mental race. And many people tell me I'm mental...

Friday, June 12, 2009

Good lordy that was COLD...

Rode in (again) today. The Fargo is a great bike. And I'm (gradually) getting used to the silly backward shifting that Shimano have used for the Alfine internally geared hub...

But the cold... I seriously considered pulling over on the way in and putting an extra sock onto my right foot. I just kept telling myself: "there's a warm shower at work - there's a warm shower at work".

My legs are feeling better though. By "better"... I mean that they don't hurt for the rest of the day if I ride in. Which must be a good thing... right?

Would love to get a decent off-road ride in this weekend. And I'm itching to try the new tyres that are sitting on my desk.

They just might be the best soft sand desert tyres made. (they may not too)

We'll see.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Pdogg put me onto this...

www.xxcmag.com/Site/XXC.html without a doubt... the BEST READ EVER.

I never thought that I'd find something that was a better read than Singletrack.

I have now.

Download both issues.

Read them.

Ride.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Well... after waaaaay too much procrastinating... training has (finally) resumed. With just over 15 weeks to go, it might not be to late.

Finally built the new commuting bike so I'm out of excuses now.

Salsa Fargo 29er. set up for the commute with 29" x 2.0" tyres and a Shimano Alfine 8-speed internal gear hub. Except for the backward shifting employed for the hub (thumbshifter to drop into a harder gear - index finger to move into an easier gear...) I'm loving the hub.

Hey... I'm loving the bike.

Hoping for a decent off-road ride this weekend to stretch the legs out and give me a dose of reality.

Monday, April 13, 2009

ok... a weekend helping out at the Australian Solo 24 hour Championships and I'm motivated again.

Seeing Jason English, and the other riders go around and hammer themselves into the ground... sometimes for nothing more than a personal best, has inspired me to no end.

Thanks guys. It was just what I needed.

Monday, April 6, 2009

*sigh* not a lot of "training" been happening at this end. So little in fact that the BMC100 is a bust.

Not what I was hoping for. I need to get my shit sorted and get back into the game or September this year will hurt as much as last year.

Feeling very disheartened.

Monday, January 12, 2009

what bike for 2009?

time to start planning for 2009... don't get me wrong... the Mojo rocked in the 2008 SDBC. (and had the rider had some fitness the result might have been a little better)

But I'm looking at things logically this time. The larger tyre of a 29er gives a larger (longer) contact patch. Combined with say... a 2.4" wide tyre and the end result should be a sand eating machine.

Plus... the SDBC is really a long "fireroad" trail. (with lots of dunes and sand) So "snappy cornering" and the like don't really matter out there.

In fact... I'm thinking that the bigger 29er wheels might be just the thing for the event...

www.salsacycles.com/bigmama08.html

The Salsa Big Mama is up for consideration. 4" (100mm) of travel. Cool colour (though it may just dissapear into the orane/red sands of the desert). Oh and it's made of Scandium.

Still... the Mojo was soooooo nice in 2008...

What to do...??

Thursday, January 8, 2009

oops... I've done it again.

no... I'm not chanelling Britney... this is just my way of announcing that I'm the first person to sign up for the 2009 Simpson Desert Bike Challenge.

I said at the end of last years event that I wanted to head back. And I figured... why not commit early.

This year I have a far better idea of what I'm in for. And I know how much training will be required to improve on last years effort.

To keep me motivated I've signed up to ride the BMC 100k classic in April and the Dirt Works 100k classic in early May. I may also try some solo 8hour events durring the year as well. (we'll see)