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  • 09:57:37 am on February 26, 2013 | 10 | # |

    Some gentlemen on Bikerumor (sic) have been discussing the fact that I don’t know what I’m talking about. This is nothing new.

    I mentioned in my piece on the on-one site that I’d found that the singlepivot system let me make a shorter chainstay bike than a Horst link one, ie: amount of travel achieved until the rear wheel bashes into the seat tube.

    This morning, whilst procrastinating various things (and having just signed off my “best frame ever”) I thought I’d fire up Linkage and look again. And it shows just as I thought. With HL pivots in a conventional position (ie: behind the BB and with a dropped chainstay pivot) the rear wheel moves significantly forward through the rear wheels travel. Perhaps this is an anomaly  of the rocker link position and geometry I have chosen, but seeing as the bike is designed to run a SINGLE RING there didn’t (to me) see much point in running a dual link design. 

    Well, that and the fact Oxley says the proto is “massively rad”. 

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  • 10:16:42 am on February 19, 2013 | 0 | # |

    A local Colden man has come third in a tough arctic endurance snow bike race, in Rovaniemi, Lapland. Ed Oxley, owner of “Great Rock” a Colden based mountainbike guiding and coaching company was racing in the 150km event on a bike designed by another local man, and race entrant, Brant Richards of Hebden Bridge. 

    The pair entered the race only three months ago and have been training by riding in the Hebden Bridge area. 

    Both were riding On-One Fatty bikes, made by Richards’ company in Sheffield, which feature 5in wide tyres to help them travel on the snow. Ironically the weather conditions during the race were too warm! Temperatures were around -2 to -5c rather than the -15c expected meaning that the intrepid duo had to push their bikes for a lot of the race. 

    Richards abandoned at the half way mark to due “a sore bum and cramps” and managed to get back to the finish line to see his friend arrive in third place. 

    They’re already planning the next adventure “possibly somewhere a bit warmer”. 
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  • 07:16:22 pm on February 18, 2013 | 1 | # |

    Results are in and wounds and aching limbs are being soothed. Our intrepid racers who headed to Lapland this weekend for the Rovaniemi 150, an 150km race on tundra tracks in northern Finland are on their way back home with tales of daring do, epic pushes, hallucinations and drug abuse. The headlines… Shaggy had what is politely called a “stomach upset” for three days previously and yet still managed to power his way around to 2nd place behind a Czech chap who owned a pair of trousers with a zip off bum panel. Brant, our Chief designer led off the line for all of about 200yards then went progressively backwards, forgot about tyre pressure being crucial, and by 3hrs had had more painkillers than gels. It all went a bit weird. Ed had an amazing race, getting into third position by the 3rd check and not just holding, but extending his lead. Strength and determination built from pass-storming in the Lakes and long days in the saddle. Though he was still claiming last night that his 13hr training ride was harder. The course was very soft due to unseasonable warm weather. The temperature rose to 0deg C for the time we were here which makes the snow hard/impossible to ride on. As we leave its dropped to -11c which is crazy. Brant bailed early just after half way point to ride back in so he could get the beers in with Ed. And because his bum was sore. We have pics. It’s awful. A 26in pizza and lots of beer was a suitable cure, along with an evening checking out the northern lights, and the guys will be all back in the uk this evening with more stories to tell.

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