Fantastic day at Hopton today with Dad, I still have my cold that keeps going and then coming back but the sun was out so that wasn’t going to stop me, on the way there the temp was 0 degrees C but you couldn’t see any frost, by the time we got there it had risen to 2 degrees C the ground was rock hard so the tracks should ride nice and fast if a little slippy, all the trails in the shade were frozen but dry with very little ice anywhere.
After using my new 7 IDP helmet from Chainreaction Cycles for over a month or more it is really good value for money, not to hot, mind the weather hasn’t been that hot either and a very good fit well pleased for the money.
As we rode round it seemed quite hard work with my cold but good fun on the downs, the temp had warmed up to 4 degrees by now and in place the ground had started to melt and get quite slippery, the picture above shows the bikes really clean we were over three quarters round and then we came onto open and thawed ground, what a difference really sticky mud on top of a frozen layer, then things got dirty.
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 !!
That makes a change, no rain and just dry dusty runs, I went to Henblas up lift again today I rode the freeride track quite a few times and it seems really good fun, then the Welsh a few times and then onto NPS I haven’t been able to do the first gap jump at the top, in the past I have just rolled through the gap which for a race run would add quite a lot of time, so I talked to James about it and he said I could do it no problem but to me it looked quite wide and on the far side the track builders had laid a log across the down hill ramp which looked like if you came up short and cased it, it would go wrong in a big way, James told me not to worry I could do it easy, so I had a look and thought lets do it I rode up to it but chickened out and hit the brakes, I turned around and tried again and hit the brakes again, I was so annoyed with myself I rode down the NPS and had a drink and loads of advise, as I went back up on the up lift tractor I kept telling myself I can do it and this time I came up to it and just hit it, Yes, Yes, Yes I did it.
Playing up Henblas tonight, since fitting the lighter shock spring when hitting the ramp of a jump hard the rear tyre would buzz on the saddle, so dad had a fettle with the bottom out control to ramp the shock up a bit on the final part of the stroke, which helped a lot but I could feel the rear kick up as I left the lip of the ramp, so more fiddling backed off the LS 3 clicks and increased the rebound 3 clicks harder and all seemed good no buzz, no kick back and the ride felt smooth.
As we aren’t suspension experts I hope we are heading in the right direction !!