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Local Rideout – Rowney Warren

Local RetroBike mini-meet @ Rowney Warren (Chicksands)

Kudos to the Overbury’s Pioneer with Rollercams…

EWR 1 – GoatSurfer 0

These new platform pedal things are still something of a novelty to me, I’m still stuck in 1990 using PD-M735 (XT flatties) and toe clips

I’ve heard the phrase ‘getting tattooed by your pedals’ and scoffed at it……..well the V8’s on my EWR did more than tattoo me last week, the damn things gnashed my shins up real good . I know there’s not much skin on your shins but those deep grooves in the pic below go almost down to the bone, thankfully with no pain though.

The cause: Riding slowly uphill on a forest trail, in the wet, in the wrong gear and trying to manual off a tree root……in the pitch black

EWR Project – Phase Six…Dial Time

Another week, another configuration and I’m back in that pine forest again for some more shakedown time, it’s a shame the place is a 100 mile round trip from my house else I’d be blasting round there all weekend….sadly I only get to go once a week and after work as it’s near my office

Last week was the first ever ride on my EWR and it highlighted some ‘handling weirdness’ that needed ironing out….and fast, so last weekend I pulled the front end apart, switched from a 0° rise 135mm stem to a 10° rise stem, lost the 1″ rise Club Roost bars in favour of some Race Face Air Alloy in 1.5″ rise flavour, moved one poker chip above the stem (leaving 20mm of spacing below), dropped the saddle height by 20mm, nudged the rails back and bled the back brake so it’s now ultra vicious

As much as hunting down elusive bike parts is a whole lotta fun, there’s nothing more satisfying than dialling a bike in so the ride is El Perfecto. Plenty of bikes look good in pictures but ride like a wheelbarrow full of runny shit…

So, it got blasted round the woods in the pitch black and wet and gnarly tree roots hidden by freshly fallen leaves focussed the brain   

That aside, my OWB rides 100% better than it did last week but I think these bars are a bit too Cowhorn for my liking. Since 1988 I’ve ridden flat bars and bar ends so this whole riser bar thing is a little freaky to me full stop and these Race Face bars are about a mile wide ……

I suspect that if they stay on the bike they will be saying hello to my little friend….the Sandvik Hacksaw for some ‘amputational correctness’

Cowhorns in the pines

Good job the trail was wide here…

Cowhorns in the pines Part II

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