Mud, glorious mud

It was my first proper offroad ride for several weeks today. For once it wasn’t windy or raining so I took the Unit out for a spin round the Uni. It was really muddy in places which was fun, but the mud was sloppy enough not to clog everything up. My brakes do a good impression of a banshee when wet though, but my pads seem to last somewhat longer than Matt’s do.

Kona Unit in Rainbow Woods

32:18 is still proving to be a rather agreeable gear for winter use, although a little bit spinny on the canal coming home. Project "Stiffee replacement" is progressing slowly, I’m currently debating the merits of pre-ordering an On-One 456, against saving a bit more money and getting a Cotic BFe in the new year.

In other news, nothing of any interest at all has happened in the last week.

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17 Responses to Mud, glorious mud

  1. Simon says:

    Cool :)
    I did 25 miles on the road this morning. Quite sunny and only a gentle breeze. Very pleasant.

    I think that the 456 and the BFe would be nice. Not sure which one I’d go for.

  2. matt says:

    BFe for the simple reason that it looks nicer

    however.. whats up with the stiffee?

    32:18 sounds good, i need 16 to make up time on the flat sections, plus I don’t like pootling along, I’d rather have my legs explode (like today)

  3. rich says:

    I’ve fallen out of love with the Stiffee. I think it’s a bit to short and slack really.

    It’s good on the flat, ace on the downhills, but hopeless on climbs. I need something which is a bit more of an all-rounder while still being tough enough to cope with me riding it.

  4. matt says:

    Sounds reasonable.. save some money, sell the stiffee, get a BFe… but i thought the BFe was designed for stuff the stiffee does, so would the geom not be similar?

  5. rich says:

    The Cotic is half an inch longer, and a the seat/head angles are a few degrees steeper.

  6. matt says:

    Sounds better, get one.

  7. rich says:

    Ideally I’d get the Cotic, but at the moment the On-One is

  8. Simon says:

    Yeah, that’s a huge difference. Price is why I ended up with a Pompino rather than something that took proper road brakes.

  9. rich says:

    That’s why I’ll probably end up ordering one this week. Although it seems a bit strange to replace a

  10. rich says:

    On the other hand I could wait and get a BFe……

  11. Simon says:

    Get a BFe, 456s are common as muck :)

  12. rich says:

    That has crossed my mind.

  13. matt says:

    get a 456 and buy lots of wine :)

    I can’t afford bikes anymore. :(

  14. rich says:

    How’s the house buying going?

  15. Tom says:

    Although you could get the 456 for almost nothing then wait a few extra months and buy the BFE and then keep the 456 as a spare or something.

  16. rich says:

    That’s pretty much the decision I made last night.

    I’ll probably buy the 456, and if it prompts me to ride a geared hardtail more then I can replacing it with something nicer at a later date. Given that I’ve done less than 200 miles on the Stiffee this year, it’s might not be worth spending lots of money on a replacement.

  17. Tom says:

    That’s my dilemma at the moment. I want a geared hardtail. Will I ride it enough? I want it partly so I can improve/do loads of difficult climbs that are basically impossible on a singlespeed but hoepfully some of the singlespeed skill(?) will translate accross. Although no doubt I’ll be more worried about the chain popping off with gears to put that much graunch into it.