Sunday, 27 November 2016

Some Autumnal Instagram Highlights.

How Do All ;-) 
 Here are some highlights from the past few weeks events. 
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Testing! Testing! Again! πŸ˜‹ After giving the Michelin Wild Run'r tyres a fair go last week, I found them to be too slow for my liking, upto 20mph they were ok but over that and trying to cruise along at 30mph was a real struggle compared to my Durano's. So after much searching for a larger tyre that would fit between my narrow 46mm seat stays I have had to go for the Schwalbe Kojak's. I would have liked to give the Compass Naches Pass a go but at 44mm they would have probably caused problems 😿 The Kojak's are supposed to be 35mm but they measure up at an actual size of 32x32mm which is rather disappointing as the Michelin sized also at 35mm came in at 36x36mm. A problem I came across with the Kojak's was that I could not inflate them onto the rim with the largest volume track pump I have, so being inventive I came up with a home brew, air shot tubeless inflator, I had an old pressure vessel from my old works, and some spare fittings from my composites vacuum set up. I pumped this up to 90psi and opened the valve, and πŸ’¨ pop! The tyre was on and up. Well that saved me £50.00 for a shop bought air shot bottle πŸ’°πŸ˜‹ The two kojak tyres I bought seem to be from different batches also, as the side walls of one are clearly thicker that the other, and the thinner one is porous, this took a while to seal up properly but the Stan's liquid has done a great job of making the tyre airtight. Fingers crossed these Kojak's are as easy rolling as my Durano's or more so, and hopefully more or less as comfortable as the Michelin's were. Roll on the weekend for a test ride! #stansnotubes #tubeless #gaia2 #gaia #laidbackcyclist #recumbent #recumbentbike #ligfiets #liegerad #velocouche #knottybear #testing #bicycle #cycling #londoncycling #laidbacklondon #mavic #schwalbekojak #schwalbe #notubes #airshot
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Testing! A pre-work de-stress ride, and chance to try the Schwalbe Kojak's I set up tubeless last night. Running at 55psi they roll extremely well, and the difference between the Michelin Wild Run'r tyres is very noticeable! Though the Kojak's are a smaller volume tyre, they still have that cushioning I was after, and even on wet leaves and twig covered ground I was not the slightest bit bothered about slipping or being deflected off course as I would have been on the high pressures I ran the Durano's at. All in all a very successful morning and I hope to do more testing this weekend to see how they handle as I get more confidence throwing them hard into corners and the like, I just hope they don't blow off the rims πŸ˜‚ #stansnotubes #tubeless #gaia2 #gaia #laidbackcyclist #recumbent #recumbentbike #ligfiets #liegerad #velocouche #knottybear #testing #bicycle #cycling #londoncycling #laidbacklondon #mavic #schwalbekojak #schwalbe #notubes #airshot #beautifulplaces #burnhambeeches #ifyougodowntothewoodstoday #autumn
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More Testing! A nice ride into town with @britswed to give the tubeless Schwalbe Kojak's a proper run out. Now running at 60psi, mainly due to the porosity of the front tyre, to allow a little loss of pressure during the ride without getting squishy, and until it fully seals itself. The difference between 55psi and 60psi is pretty much unnoticeable so will probably stick to 55psi in future as any higher will only make for a harder ride, possibly less road grip, and no gains in speed, only a feeling of speed as you get rattled down the road! I'm really enjoying the softer ride, and with a headache all day it has really helpedπŸ‘ #stansnotubes #tubeless #gaia2 #gaia #laidbackcyclist #recumbent #recumbentbike #ligfiets #liegerad #velocouche #knottybear #testing #bicycle #cycling #londoncycling #laidbacklondon #mavic #schwalbekojak #schwalbe #notubes #airshot #beautifulplaces #thamesbarrier #river #london #autumn #riverthames
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Thank you for looking. 
Take care, Barry ;-)