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unexpected cleat issue

  • Posted by ade
  • 14 January 2009

Rode the cross bike in this week. I have had the shimano boots for 6 years now and 20 yards from home was having issues clipping in.

When I spun the pedal to try the other side I found the cleat had ripped from the shoe and was stuck in the SPD's jaws. So it was turn back or 9.5 miles of slippy spd pedal and the risk of skinned shins?

If i can ride Brecfa without  saddle, the ride in will be a breeze.  Living uncomfortably sometimes makes for a more prepared life.

dumb ass not numb ass

  • Posted by ade
  • 22 December 2008
air head

air head

we went to the brecfa red trail today to do some thinking for next years do lectures.

we only really made plans the night before so his morning was rushed to find my bike that has been in bits since the Brecfa enduro this year. We met up with Andy Middleton from TYF.

i found the wheels after a 20 minute hunt, jumped in the car and set off.

when we were putting the bikes together Andy asked where my saddle was and i immediately knew.

In my garage in the white wire shelf above the grinder and below the hammers.

two and a half hours out the saddle is time enough to ingrain on my memory never to forget gain.

my legs were too pumped to relax on the last crazy drop.

the ride was amazing. 10 degrees, a very light drizzle punctuated by work chatter. a nice way to do a "meeting"

Empire Begins

  • Posted by howies
  • 18 December 2008

Since I saw the original Empire begins trailer I've been checking the blog daily to read their first post and now it's happened.

Here the video from the post:


I can't wait for the film…

Perspective Line

  • Posted by howies
  • 11 December 2008

Just watched a great short film by Bastien Lattanzio called Perspective Line. Really well shot and great music too.

brake free

  • Posted by howies
  • 19 November 2008


This is me in the summer. I built my bike up the day before we left for france, it was last minute as the frame had only just come.  I didn't have any brakes (or a decent saddle). We spent two weeks cycling around brake free and it was awesome.

brake free: t-shirt of the week

middle age just started

  • Posted by ade
  • 18 November 2008

Dirty dirty shorts


dirty me protectors

Riding upto 100 miles a week to and from work can get a little boring at times. Especially when you've been doing it for 21 years.

I have done my time, and still love the challenge of with the wind, rain, cold, sun, ice and snow.

But getting wet and muddy when the weather is nice cause the tyres throw is up at you, I have now had enough of.

When I was a kid I joined the CTC and used to do their long rides. They had a law that you had to have mudguards so as not to spray everyone else. My Dad had them on a Holland hand built race bike and it killed the lines. I never fitted them because they made the bike look dour and old aged, and because I was so young they let me off due to arrogance of youth.

I worked 16 years in the bike trade and sold them to 1000's of commuters, knew their value and functionality but could never shift from my mind that they were the gateway to middle age.

I could never fit them because I worried that I would then embrace everything I railed against as a kid. Riser bars and bar ends, canvas saddle bags, tucking my trouser into my sock, toe clips, panniers and racks, a sam brown, hi viz jackets, comfortable wide saddles, a high rise stem, pedal reflectors, br end mirrors, a bell, puncture proof tape, microfibre trousers whose legs zip off into shorts and huge D cell battery lights.

But the 100 miles of muddy spray that is now a year long event ground me down. I tried to plough on guardless, I really did.

I am going to fit them, but just to one bike.

Next comes tucking my t-shirt into my jeans.

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