Sunday, July 6, 2014

Going Fat on the Front

Checking out adventure bike blogs and the such, I see that a lot of non-racer types are running fatter tires on their steed. The other day in the garage I was cleaning up and notice I had a Wilderness Trail Bike MOTO Raptor 26 X 2.4". I had purchased a used set of Cane Creek AeroHeat wheels and the tire came on one of the wheels. After looking at the tire and the Waltworks fork, it looks like it would fit. I figured since I had the tire I would give it a try and see what a fat is all about.

Over the last year the roots are starting to be more define on the Lakeview Trails. This makes for some rough riding on a 26" rigid bike. I mounted the tire and put about 32lbs of air in the tire. This is the same amount that I run on my other 2.1" set-ups. I used this as a starting place.

A 2.4" tire does slow you down some, but that's okay because I am not racing. Overall handling is the same as a 2.0/2.1" tire. But a 2.4" just sucks up the bumps better.

That's a lot of contact with the trail!

I guess there are two things that I am looking for with this set-up. One would be something that sucks up the bumps and helps with control. Two is to help with arm and upper body fatigue. If I am able to achieve both of these items it would be such a benefit. After two rides this weekend I am encourage, but I need to ride much longer before I say fat is where it's at!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

MB-1 Test Ride

The Bridgestone in it's natural elements! This was my second test ride over the weekend. Things I found wrong on the trail that did not happen in the neighborhood. I felt my saddle was just a little low. Seat post clamp will not hold (fixed back at the Bikewright Base Camp). Cannot shift into big ring now (fixed back at the Bikewright Base Camp). Headset loose, I think I have fixed the issue. Right pedal, the bolt that screws into the axle keeps loosing. Both bearings need to be replaced...

Other than those few minor things I really love the ride and fit of this bike. I can see that this bike is going to be my S24O bike. I am already planning mini-adventures on it!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

MB-1 Bridgestone Rebuild Completed!

BEFORE: 1986 MB-1 Bridgestone Competition

26 June 2009 is when the Bikewright Blog started and it started because of me receiving a 1986 MB-1 Bridgestone for Father's Day. Go here to read the first post. I spend more time than money on this project. The total cost for just the bike and parts ran me $600. You can see here my post on finding some parts at the local recycle bike shop.

I didn't start riding mountain bikes until 10 years after this bike was made. So all the parts for those years I had to learn about. Out of all my research out there on the internet there was not a lot about the the MB-1 from 1986. You can find a lot from the 90's and that is what most people have. The project has be more about learning about how things work and how they made things that will last. Just this past week has been the first time that I have ridden the bike and now can understand why Grant Peterson stuck to his guns about this design. Here is my post about Peterson and his Rivendell bikes and parts cleaning.

There were post about braking things down to see how they worked.Glad I was able to put those shifters back together. I didn't know if I was going to repaint the bike or leave the finish as is. That was one of the biggest road blocks that I had to over come. I stuck with leaving it as is. I had not been able to ride the bike before I started this project and figured I just wanted to get the bike back together and if I liked the set-up I would paint it. I still don't know if I will repaint it or not. Looks cool like it is!Starting back after taking a break. Was I going to use the wheels that came on it or build a set of wheels. Check out wheel action.

Update #? was cleaning the roller cams brakes. I spent a lot of time with cleaning,removing rust and polishing parts. Did I tell you I spent a lot of time cleaning, removing rust and polishing parts. It is amazing what life you can bring to a old part.

Can't forgetupdate #?2 The headset issue was a big problem. So much so that I went back to using the original Shimano 600 headset. I also found out it was a top of the line headset back in the day.

So here you go, the AFTER shot

I replaced the saddle with a Selle Anatomica saddle. The grips were replaced with Ergon GP1 BioKork. The cables and housing are new but the coil housing is used. Everything else is what came on the bike or I found a original replacement.

Here are some shots of the BEFORE

Where do I go from here? This week should be a couple of test rides to make sure everything works correctly and make adjustments that need to be made. Oh and the search will go on for some bags for the rear rack. Not sure of the style or brand at this point. If you know of something that will look good and will hold up please leave a comment.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Chesterfield Community Workshop- Bikeways and Trail Plans

Chesterfield County is having some Community Workshops (meetings) for input into the Master Plan for on and off-road bikeways and trails in the county.Here is a like to the county's website. Here is the link to the Workshop meeting locations and times.

I took the on-line survey and plan on going to a meeting or two.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Trail Trash and Trail Litter What's the Difference?

This is the Bikewright definition.

Trail Trash -(n) Trail Trash is all the dirt/leaves/small rocks/pine needles and other trail crap that sticks to your legs while riding or goes down inside your boots or shoes while hiking or backpacking that can cause hot spots or blisters,

Trail Litter-(n) Trail Litter is all- (just look at the picture)

This was just from a short loop on the trails and back to the house! You would think with all the folks that ride with some type of pack on that there wouldn't be anything on the trail. So the next time you are on the trail just take a second or two and stop and pick-up some trail litter.

Thank You!


Sunday, June 1, 2014

DIY Boot Repair

Having to do some DIY boot repair to my Asolo GTX boots.The sole came unattached in three places on the toe cap. First I cleaned the boot and got all the crap out of the openings. I then took some rubbing alcohol on a Q-tip and ran inside the openings to make sure I got everything.

Then take your toothpick and get a good size dot of shoe goo on the tip and work it down into the sole. Once you have done that use some packing tape to hold the sole to the toe cap. I let it set for a day before I took the tape off.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Adventures of Bikewright and "G" Part II

Day two starts off with a chill in the air and the need to get a small fire started. With all the new types of cook gear on the market I pull-out my old school dutch oven.

That's good camp eaten!! Eggs and sausage on English muffins..

I forgot juice or good coffee for breakfast and the Starbucks Via just did not hit the spot. So after breakfast we are off to Front Royal which is about 8 miles away from the park to stop at Happy Creek Coffee and Tea Company. I recommend stopping and supporting this local business before hitting the trail. The next couple of days is going to be instant coffee..

Shenandoah National Park is one of 150 National Parks that charge a entry fee. So be prepared for this. Go here to learn about park fees. We made entry into the park from Thornton Gap and had to stop at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center to pick-up a Backcountry Camping Permit. Our plan was to backpack one day in each of the parks districts. So our plan was more flexible on the trails that we wanted to hike. The idea in the North District was a series of trails that we could link together to make our route and that we could change up as we see fit. Day two was going to be White Oak Canyon and Old Rag in the Central District and Calf Mountain on day three in the South District.

I am going to say that getting the backcountry camping permit was an interesting process with the Park Ranger. I would rank it up there with dealing with the IRS with a tax issue. I don't know if every ranger is like this but I understand treating everyone like this is the first time they have ever been backpacking before and I am sure they do their fair share of having to look for people. Read this articleand this article

What seems like an hour later we have permit in hand and we are off to the trail head a few miles down the road. We park at Piney Ranger Station or what is left of it. The buildings are boarded up and are in disrepair. We start hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT) south until we reach the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) Range View Cabin.

The cabin is just lest than a mile from where we started hiking and is in the perfect spot to allow you to base camp and day hike the trails in the area. While I was planning I thought about renting the cabin and doing just that, but wanted to keep the cost of the trip down so I did not good that route. Go here for more information on the PATC cabins.

From the Range View cabin we head down Piney Ridge Trail (PATC Map number 9 North District SNP). Just a few minutes down the trail we spot our first bear. The first of five that we will see during our trip.

Storm damage from years ago. That had to take sometime and hard work for a trail crew to clear out.

Long ago before there was a Shenandoah National Park, people use to live and farm these mountains. The park came in and took their land. All over the park you will find reminders of the life of these Appalachian Mountain folks.

Here is an old family cemetery that is still used today. The families still have access to their family cemeteries.

We pick-up Fork Mountain trail and Thornton Hollow trail and make are way over to the intersection of Hull School Trail and Thornton River Trail. There we conduct a map check to figure out where we might find a camping spot for the night.

We decide to take the Thornton River Trail up stream which follows the North Fork of the Thornton River. It was early afternoon but finding a spot to camp was important because of a thunder storm coming in that afternoon. The water was high in the river and we had to ford many times. I started to worry that the campsites were located down stream because it was so rocky. Once you think you will have to camp in a substandard area always walk the trail for another five minutes because you will find the right spot.

Here is the lat/long for the campsite 38° 42.991 078° 18.542

This was a great site and could hold a few more campers in the area.

After dinner pictures around the campsite.

About midnight that thunder storm came in with a lot of rain. My ground cloth rolled out from under my tent during the night and I ended up with a pool of water by morning in the tent. "G" stayed dry in his first night of sleeping in his hammock.

That's it for part two. Stay tune for part three which became know as the death march.