Wednesday, September 16, 2009
So from now, both of my readers should bookmark brettok.wordpress.com
It might take a while for me to get it up to speed.
This blog will still be archived here and linked from the new one.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
It'd probably be a heap of fun to ride on these trails.
We (Mikey, Josh, Josh Junior and myself) got out for a pre-run of next weeks PNP race at Wainuiomata, there's some real fun singletrack out there. Check out Caleb's new helmet-cam footage of Spoon Hill, and other cool stuff including Makara and a downtube's eye view of a Fox fork in action here.
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Monday, September 07, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
I ummed and ahhed in the morning whether or not I'd have a crack, and went with "ah f#ck it". Shoulda gone with "umm yeah why not", as the boys and girls put in top rides, and it looked like a lot of (painful) fun.
Josh (here in 4th) got past Angry Clive (yellow) and followed in Jonty (black) for 3rd place in a classy M1 field. Why are they on the road? The race starts down at Karori School, and sorts the field out with a km of tar climbing before they hit the singletrack.
Ratas smashed the old guys for a win in M2, making me wonder how I would've fared. Probably not as well as him. He dedicated the win to his father, who has been ill. All class Karl, love ya work mate.
Marj keeps going from strength to strength too, picking up 3rd in Senior women behind two of NZ's best XC racers, and beating some other 'hotshots' too. She gave props to me and Josh on the podium for 'tuning her bike', which translates to 'forcing her to put expensive parts on it.'
Josh rails one of the last corners on Starfish on his "fast but harsh" hardtail Stumpy.
Simon from our Paraparaumu store was rocking his sweet singlespeed Stumpy 29er, have a closer look at it over at SSSS. Apparently he had a big off down Ridgeline when his front tyre blew off the rim. Luckily, the bike wasn't hurt.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
When I returned to Australia last month for my annual catch-up, I decided not to be burdened with lugging a box around airports and train stations at all hours of the night. After all, my network of friends own between them enough mountain and road steeds to start up their own retail outlets from their garages (and loungerooms in some cases).
Mountain bikes were easy to come by, and while they may have been Mongooses (thanks Mick and Youngy), they provided good times. The road bike choices were even more limited. But after busting a rib in the first week, I needed the low-impact, easy-spin option of the blacktop, and the only thing I could do was something I'm not proud of; I rode a Giant.
But not just any Giant, oh no. I rode 'The (road) Parts'. What the hell am I talking about, I hear you ask.
Years ago Col was looking for a new MTB, and he chose a Giant NRS over a Specialized Epic on the strength of the parts spec, rather than how the bikes rode. It became known as 'The Parts'. Then when he adorned his TCR road bike with full Dura Ace and Ksyriums, the logical moniker for it was obvious. Now Col doesn't like to throw old crap out, hence these two bikes, along with a selection of other museum pieces, still inhabit the mess he calls his garage.
So when I needed a road ride, I had to swallow my pride and ride The (road) Parts. But no more DA on this puppy, Col had seen the light a few years ago and got on board a Tarmac SL (and finally an Epic for the dirt) and some old Ultegra 9 speed was taped to the TCR. Col doesn't attach, bolt or fit things to his bikes, he tapes them, zip-ties them and binds them with bits of string and wool. (What's more, he's a doctor, so god only knows how he fixes his patients.) I was just glad to be riding, even if I was wearing his old shoes (a size too big) and my MTB helmet and gloves.
The pump rattled like a bitch, and after 100 metres I was stopping to look for a flat rear tyre. Col assured me the "thunk, thunk, thunk" was just the big bulging lump of rubber he'd used to repair a cut in the tyre's casing. 50km of "thunk, thunk, thunk" and a rattling pump is one of the methods of torture used in Guantanomo Bay, I'm sure.
But the bike fit me more or less, it was a nice sunny day, I was with a good mate, and all those things helped to erase the shame I momentarily felt. Cheers Col, adios Parts.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
This is a long way from over. K-Man is going to pimp this thing to within an inch of bankruptcy. Thomson stem and Masterpiece post are already palped, along with a Gobi XM saddle. Next up, new wheels, fork and XX gruppo. Prepare to wipe the drool.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 09, 2009
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Monday, July 06, 2009
Friday, July 03, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
There's also big changes to the Enduro as well, this thing is a beast at only 27lb. This would be a great bike for Caleb and the K-Man.
And there's a new Epic 29er, but everyone knows 29ers suck.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Stu Houltham turned up and set a new record of under 24 minutes. That's with a kilometre of road to get to the TT, then some more road after it gets to the top. That's quicker than I can do the TT on its own.
Josh wasn't far behind and finished fourth, like all good Kiwis do. He did win his age group though. Here he checks out the short shorts/boxer brief combo sported by Marco, who he just accidently called 'madam'. As in "excuse me madam, may I make a pass?"
What's it all about? Runners vs roadies vs MTBers, mass start on the coast, up the road for a km, MTB and runners turn up the TT, while roadies continue up some pretty steep tarmac. Fastest wins. Everybody hurts.
On Yer Bike's own Marj has been on fire lately, winning the Grand Traverse, Crazyman and she did a job on Melissa Moon up the TT. Who's she? Oh, only a two-time World mountain running champion. Under 30 minutes, on foot.
Did I mention it was a bit cold up there? Maybe if Josh had a lighter bike, a hardtail even, he would've gone better. What's that? Watch this space...
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
"SINGLETRACK GOLD that is. Miles and miles of it. Just across the river from downtown Whitehorse and only 4k's from our caravan park. A mix of walking trails, cross country ski tracks and purpose built bike track. And you can ride it all without restriction whether you be a Mtber, horse rider, walker, skier or whatever. And no interference from Parks Office. And fabulous tracks; up, down, smooth rolling twisty bits, fast downhill rooty bits, sandy bits, fabulous scenery. (dare I say frozen lakes and snow capped peaks). Even managed to trick Kelly into riding some of it. And followed by a refreshing ale at the end of the day."
Hands up, who hates Col....