Friday, February 19, 2010

France!

Right-o , I'm off to france tomorrow for a week on our yearly roadtrip. Hitting up some of the best BMX tracks in the world, and hopefully in the sun!

Check back in a week or so for updates, I'll be taking my video camera this year instead of the stills camera, so a vid is in the pipeline too.

Au revoir for now

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The 'Swich



Change of scenery last weekend. My good friend Ross Tricker has bust his leg pretty bad in a pit bike accident, so I went to visit him in Ipswich with Scoob, had some curry, hung out, talked laughed and watched Chopper on dvd. Keithy's done himself a mischeif! I'd been wanting to see that vid for ages.

On Sunday since we were over that way, we headed to snape. It's always fun over there, the locals are a good bunch. They've been working hard this winter, eveythings been squared up and looking good. The straight line through the middle of the trails has always been my fave and gets a bit longer each time I go. The sun was out and kept the temperature up a bit from what we've been used to, and with the bury crew turning up too it eneded up being a good session. The best/longest days riding I feel I've had in some time. I actually felt pretty knackered on the way home. Really got to grips with the Deluxe too, it felt so good pinging high off that middle line!

Took a few snaps when I was having a rest. Featuring Bury crew and Snape locals... check em out. Click

Oh and we popped over our place on ssaturday, here's a couple of pics I took of Scoob riding the berm to rollers on the new back line.





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Monday, February 08, 2010

New Deluxe frame


I've been thinking about changing my frame for a while. I love my Standard 125R but I've been liking frames with a lower BB recently, it just feels nice and stable. It's a challenge to find the perfect frame though, after riding for so long I have very specific ideas of what I want in a frame. I was looking for a chromo frame with v brake mounts, a BB height of 11.5" and a chainstay length no longer than the standard. Add to that, I didn't want to go too light and I wanted the brake cable to go all the way through in the housing. Hmmm, that narrows it down slightly! I thought there was nothing out there without going custom, until I found the Deluxe frame in a ltd edition v brake version. It has a slightly slacker head angle than I am used to and a shorter chainstay length, but now that I am all about the trails, the lazier geometry suits me!

I built it up a gave it a ride at the weekend on our new line at the trails and loved it. It felt fast but stable and really flickable, the short back end took me by surprise to begin with! The detail on the frame is really cool, the way the seat stay and chain stay tubes have been finished off is so neat, and the brake cable guides are spot on....you can run the cable all the way through in the housing (like I wanted), under the top tube out of the way and the guides are central so running my brake lever on the left sets up just as good as a right hand lever. The frame has a spanish BB which looks a lot slicker than a euro with my profiles, loving that, plus with it being a new frame it's got an integrated headset which is so much easier and simple.


With it being a new frame I topped it off with a few new parts, I got a full aqua profile set up, the 40 stem was an accident but I'm loving it now, looks great! I added a girly touch with the pink cable and grips, so it looks like a 90's racer colour scheme now! I switched back to the DTH race tires front and back in preparation for the french roadtrip which is less than 2 weeks away now (woohoo!) but they ride a treat at the trails too, light and smooth, couldn't ask for more. So my bikes pretty much ended up as some sort of trails/race cross breed of a machine which just about sums me up I guess.


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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Snow don't stop me shredding!

Just needed a bit of a sweep that's all! Thanks to Becca for the clip and the cool sequence shot she put together.

I also went to the track at the weekend for the first time in months. My god it was wet, all the snow had just thawed out... the first straight was the worst so I avoided that, but Jay and Ade are commited to training and had a full on gate session.

I thought i wouldn't bother riding, I swept some water of the 3rd straight which wasn't so wet. When I was done it rode pretty good, with a bit of a tail wind the whole straight was on and me and Jessop had some fun sessioning that. I had a test ride on a new frame at the track too... could be a new frame on the way for france, keep your eyes peeled!

French road trip is less than 3 weeks away, can't wait!





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