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Deferred Maintenance: No Longer Deferred

Deferred Maintenance: No Longer Deferred

Lots and lots of work on my mountain bike lately. I'm sure nobody cares but me, but just so I have notes somewhere, here's the rundown.

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Upgraded Motivation

Upgraded Motivation

As hoped, I've had a little time to ride lately. The new Rekons are awesome, and fresh air and dirt and smiling hikers & bikders are good for the soul.

And today my bike got a pretty serious (and long overdue) upgrade. I swapped out my old, heavy, leaky Marzocchi fork for a shiny new Fox Float 32 Factory fork.

I suspect a top-of-the-line fork is wasted on me, but when you find a screaming good deal, why not buy the best out there?

I installed it myself, which feels good. Definitely took a deep breath before cutting the steerer down to size, but ultimately that's not that hard an operation. Ideally, I'd have a star nut driver tool ($25), a bench vice ($70), and saw guide ($45) to do the job right. But I got by with my old stem as a saw guide, and hacking together an improvised star nut driver, and it went fine. It just takes time and care.

I set the pressure and the damping in the garage, and can't wait to get it outside and go for a ride.

After a tough few months, I'm feeling like myself again, and my motivation to ride and train is coming back, and new gear definitely helps stoke that fire.

Deferred Maintenance

Deferred Maintenance

Got a nail in my tire a while back. Weather, flu season, and life in general have made me unmotivated to make time to ride, so I treated my flat rear tire with zero urgency. When it became obvious that the hole was too big for the Stan's, I just shrugged and walked away for a few days before deciding what to do.

But hazy plans for upgrades, riding, and racing are forming on the horizon, so it's time to get my act together.

I always think I'm going to love fast-rolling XC tires, but then when I get them, my favorite thing is that I finally have traction again. So, in the interest of getting older and wiser, I've ordered a set of Rekons.

And it's finally time to admit that the rear tire on my road bike has been toast for a while now, so a new Gatorskin is on the way.

Checking In

Checking In

Life has been taking a bite out of my my workout schedule recently. I've been getting workouts in when I can, but my last actual trail ride was back in 2017.

I have training goals, but first things first: I just want to get back into a normal rhythm. For now, that means rest & get over a chest cold. Near-term, I'd really like to be in shape to race in the OtH series summer. Looks like the races will kick off in about 8 weeks.

Lots to do between now and then. We'll see how this shakes out.

(Photo originally taken Feb 20, 2016.)

Learning to Bunny Hop, Busted Saddle

Learning to Bunny Hop, Busted Saddle

Somehow, a combination of this video and an adorable gif of a little girl learning to hop her balance bike made the light go on: "Oh! It's like an ollie! Jump straight up, then hop the bike!"

I was on my lunch ride last week, feeling pretty good about neatly hopping a curb when I realized my saddle was gone. It's clearly been broken for a while, and I guess the bouncing finally shook it loose.

Given how long it took to finally come apart, I can't bring myself to eat the price of a new one right away. I stuck it back on, and it felt exactly the same as I'm used to, so I'm just going to wedge it back in place and ride on for a while.

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