It’s been a while since I last had a bit of a mutter on this website. What with regular ride reports and bits of news on various products etc. I haven’t really talked much about what I’ve been up to or are planning.
So what’s up? Well, first of all is a family holiday to the Yorkshire Dales, to Malham to be precise. I’m taking the Muirwoods of all things but there’s more to my madness than you might think. Taking an old skool steel framed hardtail to that part of the world is bad enough but with it running a carbon rigid fork and V-brakes it’s going to make things even more interesting.
To spice things, I have a basic, old and worn Conti Vert on the front but due to hub spacing problems in the wheels I acquired I’ve had to put a 1.9 Edge on the back. Hmmm, narrow rear tyre, rocks, big hills? Yes, I agree, but I haven’t got time to faff and the problem only became apparent when the Verts rubbed against the non-driveside chainstay – I normally have Fat Boy slicks on the bike so I never realised before.
The reason I’m taking the Muirwoods is to pull the tag-along, although not off-road, since the Muirwoods has gears and my Inbred does not. Oh how I wish I was taking the Inbred as there seems to be some decent riding to be had according to the neatly turned out MTB The Dales website. Given more time I would have liked to arrange to meet up with Brant to see the state of Ragley development but just can’t manage it this time which is a shame.
I’m going to have Mark with me on the holiday since we’re related by marriage. Most of the time we’re like those uncles in a Jane Austin story who sit in the background and let the women do the talking but we’ll be cutting out for at least a half day and I have a couple evening saunters in mind too. At least he’s taking his Inbred, even if the forks are shot.
So, some tough miles on a shonky tyred, V-braked, rigid forked hardtail. Well, it’s a niche I suppose. Incidentally, AndyC is also on his travels this week, riding Wales north to south, give or take, with his daughter. I wish him better luck than he’s had recently and it will be interesting to hear how he gets on and how he thinks he might replace that lovely E5.
On another tack, somehow a fair number of us Moles have managed to get drawn in to the Marin Dusk til Dawn in Thetford although we haven’t yet sorted out places. I’m hoping that’ll get sorted in my absence and we can then allocate places. We’ll have at least one team for our fitter riders just to see what’s possible, and giving Tony something to aim for, but have no plans to challenge for victory however laughable that statement sounds. We’re not pros.
Of course there’ll be a B-team and a lags team as well and we’ll see which one I end up in. It’s a sort of Goldilocks set-up with three teams of varying ability, fitness and skill. Having said that, everyone’s good at something so there’s doubtless a role for the professional drinkers over the course of the night. I’ll have to get my finger out and design some team shirts and logos.
So there you go for now. Some decent riding, a bit of competition and some team shirts and merchandise to look forward to. Looks as though I’l be busy… I also have some thoughts on a series of articles but will keep those to myself for the time being.