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...

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)