My full sus Giant Trance is going to the shop next week for a very thorough service and check up. Having some new bits fitted and my forks and shock are going in for a service too.
While I have just learnt a few extra tips in terms of bike DIY, I have decided to pay the extra to have it all looked over and to be in the best possible shape ready for my trip to the Alps next month.
Then the new me will take over!
I have been thumbing through some old MBUK issues today and making some notes of the sort of stuff I should be doing, when best and how to do it.
Hopefully throughout the year I will be able to document a few home performed tweaks and fixes as I learn.
I need to get my tools and lubes and greases in order and get a bike stand..
Thus far my maintenance has consisted of cleaning the bike and lubing the chain. It’s time to get a bit more serious about this mountain biking…
As you may recall I have been thinking of doing some bike pimping. Well that’s still the plan and the intention is still to put wider bars and a shorter stem on my Giant full sus Trance X2, but after a sketchy ride out today on my Rockhopper I have decided that mud tyres for my hard tail had to come first…
- When you are going at about 15 mph (not very fast) and you front wheel is sliding around its a little unnerving.
- Trying to climb a medium climb and your rear wheel is just spinning and not gripping and propelling you forward its a little frustrating.
I am not the most confident rider (I don’t mind admitting that) – I do have a fear of breaking something and I have a job that requires the use of my arms, legs and neck! So out of my comfort zone is certainly that. But yesterday was more than pushing myself over a bigger drop or going a little faster, it was about having zero control over where the bike was going while going downhill!
So tomorrow I am off to my local bike shop for some advice, add to the research I have already done and get some new tyres fitted by the weekend. However, the tyre debate is alway a tough one as everyone has thier favourite! Maxxis, Bontrager, Continental, Specialized etc Then there are the different types of tyres mud, wet, wide, narrow etc and though a tyre maybe designed for mud it might not work on my local mud! ARGH!!!!
Had a good work out though today and then spent some time cleaning both bikes with a full set of Muc-off fluids and brushes.
I also met some local riders too and hope to meet up for regular Sunday rides.