Tried and Tested – Peatys Sealant, Valves and Rim Tape

Peaty's Products - Tubeless Sealant
Peaty’s Products – Tubeless Sealant

My local trails are littered with black thorns and since “going tubeless” around 3 years ago I haven’t look back. I have been using what was up until this weekend the industry standard and the team at Peatys wanted to put a stop to it so sent me a complete set up to install and review.

I’ve been sitting on these goodies from Peatys for a few weeks now, waiting for my new bike to arrive and being a tubeless convert for a number of years, I wasn’t going to risk a ride without these installed.

Peaty's Products - Fitted
Peaty’s Products – Fitted

The quality of the product and the now instantly recognisable branding is the first thing that stands out. The rim tape is strong and sticky, the sealant glistens in the sun and the valves are a sight to behold when standing erect and proud from your rim. (Make your own jokes up, if I missed any.)

I installed the tape on my Marin San Quentin 3 stock wheels,  with tubeless compatible 29mm rims. Applying the Rim Job was a pretty standard task especially as these are new wheels, so there was no grime or anything that required cleaning first. So starting a few inches past the valve hole, go once around and over lap by the same few inches.

Peaty's Products - Rim Tape and Valve - Details
Peaty’s Products – Rim Tape and Valve – Details

The tape is super sticky but you can lift it and straighten as you go if you go off line a little – which I did plenty as the spoke holes are off centered in the rim and my fingers kept assuming they were in the middle. Doh!

The 30mm wide tape is perfect for these 29mm rims and a roll comes in 9 meters which should be enough to do 4 wheels.

The 40mm tall Tubeless Valves are really solid and look really cool with the little Peatys logo on them – even on the inside!

My Schwalbe Magic Mary tyres seated quite easily and after a bit of a spillage I successfully managed to squeeze the required amount of Tubeless Sealant in the tyres.

Using my trusty Airshot and Topeak Joe Blow track pump, the tyres pinged into place with ease.

Peaty's Products - Rim Tape, Sealant and Valves
Peaty’s Products – Rim Tape, Sealant and Valves

One 25km ride and an over night standing later and the tyres are still inflated so I would say that’s a job well done.  I’ll do an update after a few weeks/months to see how the sealant is holding up.

Thanks again to Peatys Products for sending me these to install/test.

Peatys Products also include lube and bike cleaning foam and are available in many stores or online.

Is one of these your LBS ?   https://peatys.co.uk/stockists

 

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NEW – SRAM AXS – My Opinion

I have to admit it – I absolutely love it and I want it all and I want it now!

The simplicity of the installation, its got an app, its lighter and the action is smooth and fast.  Its customisable, its clean, there are no cables – its exciting stuff!

I need this in my life – its amazing!

But – damage the mech, crash and break the shifter, and you are screwed!

You can no longer pop to you LBS and buy a new shifter or mech and get back out on your bike. Within the Shimano or SRAM ranges you can typically mix and match and therefore buy whatever is on the shelf in your LBS – now you have to pick up an AXS component that is probably not going to be available on every high street or at a bike shop at a trail head.

Forget to charge your battery after the last few rides or think it should be ok for one more and boom you are an hour behind your mates.

Oh wait a minute – the seat post is £700 and the group set is £2000 you say?!

Forget it!

This is aimed at pro racers or those with WAY to much spare cash (who’s got that these days?)…

So, nice tech (REALLY nice tech), nice features on GMBN  (PAID PROMOTIONS I notice), but its like watching supercars on Top Gear – I won’t be buying one anytime soon…

 

QECP MTB – Queen Elizabeth Country Park – First Ride Review

Much has been said of late about the new sections of trail at the QECP so we thought we’d pay it a visit.

So 6 of us made the 80 mile journey to QECP yesterday frankly not expecting too much.

Blue trails are the unsung heroes of mountain biking. They are the gateways into the sport, acting as a hook for new riders and giving younger riders their first taste of riding off-road in a safe environment. The mistake a lot of riders make is believing blue trails are just for beginners, bypassing them for harder red or black trails. There’s plenty of fun to be had on a well built blue trail even for experienced riders. It’s good to see there are plenty of other people who think the same and that the blue trail at Queen Elizabeth Country Park (QECP) has been voted TOTY.
Read more at https://www.mbr.co.uk/news/trail-of-the-year-377618#Vrdu31PMUjAoowcE.99

We’d heard of the MBR Award for the Blue trail which sounded fun, but we had also heard that the Red trail was very very sketchy in the wet. Well as you’ll see from the video, we are obviously pretty hardcore here in Wiltshire – or just used to the sticky mud!

In my opinion you can ride both trails in all conditions, but the Blue will definitely hold up better in the wet.

Ashton Court MTB Trails – Review

If you follow my Youtube Channel you will have seen this video last weekend and know that I paid a visit (with a few mates) to Ashton Court in Bristol for a revisit – been about 5 years since I was there last!

Now before we get stuck in, the trails are in a city, so there is a distinct lack of elevation and serious gravity fed fun.

Its not a hot destination for mountain bikers wishing to “shred the gnar” or if you are in search of real technical challenges (though the Super Nova Red section was particularly scary in the wet!). However, if you live in the South West and have a few hours to spare its well worth a visit.

Firstly parking is only £1.20 for the whole day – I know this is probably not high on the  your check list when visiting a trail centre but if you live in south Wales for instance, now that the Severn Bridge Tolls have been removed its a very cheap trip – and I think you should consider it.

Whats here?

Only about 7 miles in total of way marked trails. Mostly “flat” and cross country  by nature but the constant undulation will give you a proper work out.  The Bristol Bikefest is a much missed event and tested riders endurance on multiple laps up until a few years ago.

These are made up of 2 main trails at Ashton Court and in the neighbouring Leigh Woods.  Leigh Woods was less fun, but there are some off piste trails there that are worth exploring in the drier weather.

Mostly you have twisty single track, with a mix of rocky and natural (muddy) surfaces.

And don’t forget the undulation – which basically translates as you will be pedalling most of the way around.

Red Sections here bear absolutely no resemblance to “Reds” at Bike Park Wales or even the Forest of Dean.  In a nutshell, its a pretty easy and non challenging environment on the whole. However…..

Don’t dismiss it

Recently there have been some developments and new trail sections have had some work done to provide flow and jumpable features that the trail had previously lacked.

There are a few sections (as you will see in my video) that are worth lapping and sessions in these short spots can help novice riders learn some skills and provide a fun playground for even the most advanced riders.

So go and give it a visit, put a few hours aside and session the new bits (you’ll know them when you find them) and if you don’t enjoy yourself you haven’t tried hard enough.

Links

Here’s a great downloadable map of the trails including the ones in Leigh Woods and 50 Acre Woods  :

https://betterbybike.info/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/BD10784-Mountain-Bike-Trails-leaflet-WEB.pdf

For info on bike hire and skills coaching at the trails contact Pedal Progression  :

https://www.pedalprogression.com/about/

Mountain biking and Energy drinks

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Energy Drinks

Its actually quite difficult to think about out beloved sport of mountain biking (and other action sports) in all its forms without coming across Red Bull at some point or another.  Sponsored athletes, events, Red Bull Media House and Red Bull TV for instance.

Athletes from the UK include the Athertons, Tahnee Seagrave and Matt Jones

https://www.redbull.com/gb-en/athletes

Monster Energy plays second fiddle in many ways but can still be seen as a sponsor to some of our sports heroes including UK legends Brendog, Danny Hart and of course Peaty.

https://www.monsterenergy.com/sports/mountain-biking

Rockstar is seen less but still supports freeriders Jodie Lunn and Cam MacCaul for example.

http://gb.rockstarenergy.com/actionsports

So I did a bit of an experiment yesterday and asked my twitter followers what they thought of these energy drinks, I posted some photos to my instagram feed and made a youtube video.

The results were not surprising, and this was by no means an extensive survey, however I didn’t see one positive response.

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Instagram likes

I am no social media whizz or can I claim to have 1000s of followers but generally my photos get likes from the usual crew and new viewers alike.  You can see from the above that the energy drink pictures got very little engagement yesterday.

I thought that deliberately putting them in dirty surrounds might have at least brought out some comments – but there was practically nothing!

Twitter was a flood of “awful” “stay near the toilet” “better off drinking battery acid” etc.

You can see the tweet below and follow the link to the comments – not many fans!

Finally, I put a video together.  I didn’t really go fact hunting or comparing the “benefits” or ingredients in each drink – I just gave my blunt opinion.

You can research the various effects good or bad for yourself, I just thought it was interesting (though I already knew this) that none of my friends virtual or real actually drink any of this stuff, yet the brands are a big part of our sport.

None of this was surprise to me, it just got me thinking about how these drinks are deemed so bad for you by so many people, yet they are major sponsor in our sport.

Kind of reminds me of the old motor sport days.

What are your thoughts on energy drinks, the brands and the impact on our sports?