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Trek 4300 – Skewer Change

Sunday March 20, 2011

So, I managed to get out and take a look at the Trek today to clean it and change a few pieces.  In the end, all I changed were the skewers.

In preparation for the cycling year ahead, I’ve changed the standard quick-release skewers on both wheels for allen key skewers from Halo (I bought the XL 10mm drop-out set).  This should make the bike a little more anti-theft when it’s locked up outside a shop or pub(!).

The change over was very quick and simple.  No special tools required and no grease.

I was going to change the quick-release seat post clamp but I’d bought the wrong size – I needed a 34.9mm clamp for the Trek so I’ve ordered another from Wiggle.  So, the bike is now waiting for the new clamp and then next weekend (hopefully) I’ll fit that and then clean the bike ready for the warmer weather.

Halo Skewer


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Feeling The Need To Cycle

Monday March 7, 2011

It’s March and I’m now feeling the need to get out on the bike and ride.

I am planning on cleaning out the shed this weekend and then cleaning the bikes. There are a few mods to the Trek lined up too.

Need to ride!

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Trek 4300 – March 2011 Upgrades

Saturday February 26, 2011

Upgrades or downgrades?  I’m planning on changing the quick-release skewers on my Trek 43oo to standard non-QR skewers.  This should make securing the bike much easier when out and about.  Now I realise that a determined thief could still nab the wheels but I don’t plan on leaving the bike for long periods anyway.  Even if I do, I can still loop the lock chain through the wheels.  Changing to non-QR skewers would make short term locking much easier (for example: nipping into the shop for five minutes).

I’m also looking to replace the quick-release seat post collar with a non-QR variety so I don’t have to lock that each time too.

I’m thinking of ordering the parts this weekend and then giving the bikes their spring service during the next couple of weeks (time permitting).

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Trek – 2 Years Ago Today

Wednesday February 9, 2011

Two years ago today, 9th February 2009, I ordered my Trek 4300 from Evans Cycles.  Wow, that time has gone quickly.

I just found the PDF print of the web order on my USB flash drive yesterday whilst cleaning it out.  £349.99 was the cost of the bike and an additional £44.03 for the Cateye cycle-computer.  I picked both up from Evans at Gatwick a couple of weeks later.

This all reminds me that I still haven’t got the bikes out this year and that I’ve had an entry on my to-do list to give both bikes a quick service since the beginning of January.  Must get around to that… Perhaps this weekend… Hmm…

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Cycling To CityLink

Tuesday September 14, 2010

Since my epic ride to Pembrokeshire in April, I haven’t really been out on the bikes and I haven’t been running either.  I’ve had a few gentle rides into town and a leisurely ride or two when on holiday in Norfolk, but no ‘real’ rides.

Thought I’d get out on the Trek today.  I had a parcel to collect from the CityLink depot in Aylesford so I thought I’d get some exercise and some fresh air.  The parcel was only a book from Amazon so it would easily fit on the Trek’s rear rack.

It was slightly over 7 miles each way so a total journey of 14.8 miles was a pretty respectable ride after such a long break from long(er) distance cycling.  It was nice to feel the burning in my legs as I struggled up the hills and it was good to feel the rain on my face.

I’ve missed cycling…

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A Week in Norfolk

Sunday June 13, 2010

Uncharacteristically, I went away on holiday last week.  I took the week off work and we headed up to Norfolk – a part of the UK which I’ve never visited before.

The Trek was strapped to the back of the car with the intention of a few long rides in this relatively flat area of England, a good way to get me back on the Trek after my 307 mile Charity ride.  Since that ride in April I haven’t been out on the Trek and I’ve only had a few gentle rides into town on the Dahon so I was hoping that I hadn’t done any permanent damage to my knees and that I would still be able to cycle.

The bad news was that the weather was pretty poor.  The good news is that we had some dry spells during the week and we managed an 11 mile ride around the Norfolk countryside and I didn’t have any pain from my knees.

We’d booked out ‘Little Lodge 1‘ for a week.  A perfect, modern, self-catering cottage on the edge of Bylaugh Hall’s estate (closed and repossessed?).  The cottage had parking and storage available for the bikes so it was an excellent choice of accommodation.  The owners of the Lodge gave us a warm welcome upon arrival and the Lodge itself was spotless.

Little Lodge 1 (2 is also available) is a great place to base a Norfolk holiday and it’s pretty central with all the major Norfolk attractions within easy reach – click here for a view/map of Little Lodge.

A great place for a cycling holiday, weather permitting!

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Total Raised For MNDA…

Saturday June 12, 2010

Well, it looks like all sponsorship/donations are in for my 307 mile ride for charity.  My total is now at £2,889.10 (144% of my target) – a brilliant total, my thanks to everyone for their fantastic generosity!

You can still donate, if you feel like it, by simply clicking on the link below.  If you want to read about my ride then the report is available here.

£2,889.10£2,889.10

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