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General biking update...

Posted 29th April 2012 at 03:44 PM by chris661

After many months of riding and not cleaning my bike, I cleaned it.

It was considerably lighter after such a treatment, which was great when we (me and the college people) went up to Gisburn Forest for a ride around...

Note the pictures below aren't mine, but show where we went quite well...

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and, of course, here's a vid of someone else trying the black run.

hully gully (rollercoaster) gisburn 05-06-10 - YouTube

Some great riding there - if you're reading this, and happen to be near Gisburn, I strongly recommend you pay a visit.

Other stuff...

I've replaced the usual back tyre with something a little less conventional for mountain biking: Click the image to open in full size.

I've found that, when cornering fast, the front wheel tends to be the one that loses grip first: after all, with similar tread and weight on each tyre, the only difference is the angle of the tyre compared to your velocity. Greater angle = more strain on the tyre. The front wheel is always at a greater angle than the back wheel, so always (for me, anyway) loses grip first.
This got me thinking, then I went into the garage and noticed we had a pair of the above tyres. They were lovely and quick on the roads, but awful off road (I had no real control over the direction of the bike).
Put a 2.4" tyre on the front, and suddenly it all fell into place: the front wheel stayed reasonably planted, with a lovely point-and-go feel, and the back wheel was free to drift around a little, while keeping rolling resistance low (great for the daily commute up the hill to college).
It also grips surprisingly well when you wouldn't really expect it to.

The weather today has been awful, so I'm off out for a ride, knowing it'll be nice and quiet when I get to the local trails.

Tah for reading
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