Singular Pegasus – first ride

It all started out so well. After lots of faffing around trying to find all the bits I needed to take with me I headed out on the road climb out of town. The climb was dispatched at a somewhat slower than usual pace, but the Pegasus felt superb.

The first bit of singletrack went smoothly and whilst climbing up into the village I started to wonder if I’d tightened the pinch bolts on the crank arm up properly. The slight flaw with the EBB on the Pegasus is that you can’t adjust it with an external BB in place. Given that the cranks were still attached I assumed everything was fine.

I dropped in to the woods for a quick loop and when grinding up a short climb there was a lound crunching noise. At first I assumed the chain had slipped but on investigation found the cranks at 90 degrees to each other rather than the conventional 180.

Spot the problem

Unable to remove the arm in the woods I headed the few miles home at a rather odd cadence. Fortunately it was mostly downhill or flat so I only has a short walk.

Everything is back together in the correct orientation and hopefully the damage isn’t terminal. I’m sure I’ll find out on the next ride.

650B. Why?

For many years mountain bikes all had the same size wheels, 559mm or 26″ to you and me. This worked well and you never had to worry about tyres fitting.

Sometime in the last decade or so, 29″ (622mm) wheels started to become popular, this is the same diameter as a normal 700c road rim, so there was some sort of logic behind the choice. Tyres and rims were a bit scarce to begin with, but these days there is almost as much choice as there is for 26″ wheels. A few manufactures even mixed things up a bit and sold 69ers (26″ rear wheel, 29″ front), and 29ers are now fairly common and most manufacturers have at least one in their line-up.

Then a few years ago along came 650b (584mm). Less than 5% larger than 26″ wheels, all it’ll do is serve to make tyre and rim choice even more confusing, and cause shops to have to stock even more variations of tyres. What can a 650B wheel actually do that a 26″ or 29″ can’t? Can anyone actually explain the reasoning in a logical manner?

Fairport Convention – Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

It’s that Wintour time of year again, so we made the annual pilgrimage to Swindon to see Fairport Convention.

Support tonight came from Kieran Goss who chatted and played songs for 20 minutes or so before being joined on stage by Fairport Convention for his last song, Reach Out I’ll be There by the Four Tops. Fairport stayed on stage and played for 45 minutes or so before the break, and another 75 minutes or so afterwards.

The majority of the set tonight came from their latest studio album, By Popular Request and it’s predecessor Festival Bell. As always, the support act joined them on stage for the encore, the obligatory rendition of Meet on the Ledge. Same again next year?