New Model Army – The Roadmender, Northampton

It’s been 3.5 years since I was last at The Roadmender, this is the 5th time I’ve seen New Model Army there, and I believe the 26th time I’ve seen them as a full band. As always it was a superb gig, but a little bit warm and sticky.

Here Comes the War
The Charge
Angry Planet
Born Feral
Eyes Get Used to the Darkness
No Pain
Die Trying
Did You Make it Safe?
Burn the Castle
51st State
Between Dog and Wolf
Get Me Out

Poison Street
My Country
Green and Grey

Half Man Half Biscuit – The Empire, Coventry

It was a wet and miserable trip up to Coventry, although Half Man Half Biscuit were there to save the day. They ambled on stage to “Mouldy Old Dough” by local band Lieutenant Pigeon, and proceeded to play and chat for the best part of two hours.

Hedley Verityesque
Fuckin’ ‘ell it’s Fred Titmus
Tonight Matthew I’m Going to be with Jesus
Running Order Squabble Fest
Old Age Killed my Teenage Bride
Totnes Bickering Fair
Bad Review
Joy in Leeuwarden (We are Ready)
San Antonio Foam Party
When the Evening Sun Goes Down
Lock Up Your Mountain Bikes
Gubba Look-a-Likes
All I Want for Christmas is a Dukla Prague Away Kit
“Bat Walks”
The Bane of Constance
Lark Descending
For What is Chatteris
The Bastard Son of Dean Friedman
Rock and Roll is Full of Bad Wools
We Built This Village on a Trad. Arr. Tune
Everything’s A.O.R.
Trumpton Riots
Vatican Broadside
National Shite Day
The Light at the End of the Tunnel (Is the Light of an Oncoming Train)

You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory (Johnny Thunders cover)
Outbreak of Vitas Gerulatis
Time Flies By (When You’re the Driver of a Train)
Joy Division Oven Gloves

Given the date it’s a shame they didn’t play Epiphany.

New Model Army – Rock City, Nottingham

I think this is the 5th year at Rock City for the pre-christmas gig. Hopefully next year will make 6.

Better Than Them
Higher Wall
Lights Go Out
No Greater Love
Into the Wind

White Light
Weak and Strong
Part the Waters
Angry Planet
Born Feral
No Rest
51st State
Bad Old World
Wonderful Way to Go

Christian Militia
Between Dog and Wolf
Poison Street

Get Me Out
I Love the World

Running Hope 20Five Pro 4 wheels with tubes

Getting some Schwalbe S-One tyres to mount properly on my new Hope 20Five Pro 4 wheels has been an interesting experience. Yes I know I should probably be running them tubeless, but I’m a luddite.

The Hope 20Five wheels come supplied with 10mm Velox tape, this is too narrow to even cover both sides of the spoke holes in the rim, and so is worse than useless.

A single wrap of insulation tape isn’t quite enough with the back tyre puncturing after a few days without even being ridden. After removing the tyre it showed that the tape had shifted around in the rim uncovering a couple of holes.

16mm Velox tape covers the holes nicely at first, but also shifts around in the rim causing punctures, and it’s thick enough to stop the bead popping in to place.

13mm Velox tape fits into the channel better, but still shifts slightly and causes more punctures.

In the end I settled for two layers of decent insulation tape, one butted up to each side of the rim. The tyres pop in to place nicely at 80psi or so, and there should hopefully be enough tape in the middle to protect the tube from the spoke holes. 21mm Stans tape would probably be a better option, but there’s nowhere local open on a Sunday to buy any.

The wheels survived the first test ride, the tyres certainly inject a bit of speed to the Croix de Fer, but it’s loses some of it’s ‘magic carpet’ ride quality compared to the 38mm Schwalbe G One tyres.