Fun night talking bikes, riding and tactics while dad helped prep James bike for this weekends BDS at Hopton, bit of head scratching with a dodgy back brake but hopefully all sorted out now as the piston was stuck in the master cylinder and the best bit was I could stay up late on a school night doing what I love BIKES !!
Dad got some of these Uber finned brake pads for the Saracen, they are a lot cheaper than Shimano genuine pads and the brake pad can be replaces as it’s not fixed to the finned back plate so should hopefully save some money ( keep dad happy )
When it came to fitting them it seemed a little fiddly to start trying to hold 5 separate bits and fit them all at the same time, but it didn’t take to long to get it sorted, hopefully the bike is now all sorted for Antur on Sunday.
What Uber Bike Components say about there pads.
Rubbish pictures sorry Dads mobile wasn’t performing to it’s best, over the last few weeks just been out and about locally Nant y Arain and Coed y Brenin weather has been quite good cool with some snow and ice but nothing to worry about, had a great time at CyB last weekend we were up there for the weekend, where I learnt a good lesson my back brake packed in and I was not best pleased, went off the track in one place and thought this isn’t going to work but after around two trails I thought stuff it and lets give it a go the difference in my riding was amazing ( if a little scary at times ) I was flying down the trails and it came to me I think I do brake far more than I really need to, when we got home my mechanic changed the brake fluid and fitted new pads so I have a good brake again, all I need to get into my head now is only use my brakes when I have to.
Great day at Antur Stiniog with James and Richard weather was a little foggy, well a lot foggy to be honest, we got there by 9.30am and the up lifts started promptly at 10am, Richard and James were running late so I went up on my own and came down the blue while I was waiting, normally when I have ridden a blue route at a trail centre they are very easy, well they aren’t here quite a lot of rock and I also found it a little confusing as the tracks mingled into one and another in the fog, but down to the bottom and the others had turned up so it was straight back on the truck back to the top, this time we did a red route which is a bit harder again to the blue route more rock and bigger drops.
After doing the red run it was time for what I had come to practise the Black Powder run which I will hopefully be racing on in the Borderline Events race series, this is a lot rougher than any trail centre black I have ever done, big rock drops, really rough rock sections and more rock, first run was a bit of a sighting lap to see what the run was like, it didn’t disappoint quite techie and rough, I did a few more runs and things were getting better but there was one section that kept playing on my mind and couldn’t get it quite right, so James stopped and showed me a few ideas on lines/what to try. The up lift at Antur is fantastic as soon as your down your loading up and on your way back up in minutes which was good so I could get my head around the one tough section I was struggling with.
Dad isn’t the fastest on his bike and even slower with his mobile phone, he tried to take a pic of me talking to him out of the van window only he wasn’t quick enough ( better luck next time sucker)
I think I had around 20 runs in all and the last one was the best even if I was really tired, everything fell into place and I had a nice clean quick run, by now my whole body was aching so dad said it was time to go.
We bought a Shimano Epic Solutions bleed kit to bleed my Shimano 615 brakes on my Nukeproof, the instructions are very simple and clear to follow and the kit did a great job.
2012 Shimano Bleed Instructions
Got some new secondhand brakes for the Stance Shimano Deore M615 same as on my Nukeproof and really like them, very similar to SLX & XT only no reach adjuster and no little knob to alter lever span, but not a problem came with pads so will give them a go see how they perform otherwise I will have to get the mechanic to fit some new pads and give them a bleed, but the feel OK as they are at the moment and were off night riding tomorrow so that will give them a good try.
Well we had our night ride last night, the weather had been a bit drier which I thought would make the going easier only it had turned the mud into a sticky mess, but good fun slipping and sliding about, the brakes worked spot so we will leave them alone for a while, thanks to Neil for the supplying the brakes with super quick shipping.
It always annoys me when I look at my smashed gear indicator window from when I came off in the Hafren.