Thursday, 17 August 2017

Monster-cross comes alive!

When I first managed to get back in to cycling via encouragement from a friend at work and lot and lots of physio on my legs and hips I bought myself a hardtail 29er, Charge Cooker 3, 2014 model. I had no intentions of knarly trial centre stuff, just cross country riding and eventually a little bikepacking.

Here was Bessie as bought...


Sadly on my way down Glen Tilt to the Linn of Dee the other year my forks died on me. Not wanting the hassle, expense and potential failure again of suspension forks I fitted her with a set of suspension corrected rigid forks and some OG bars with a good sweep...


 Now as part of my general bodily decay my wrists have been a killer for years in just everyday activities never mind cycling. Flat bars, even swept ones were painful due to the wrist rotation, but I have no issue on the road bike with drop bars.

As I said I have little interest in trail centre type riding and enjoy more cross country riding and bikepacking so the natural progression was to change my bars to drop bars. And Bessie was reborn as a drop bar mountain bike, more fantastically known as a Monster-Cross bike! A mountain bike frame set up as a cyclo-cross type bike but with 2.4" knobblies for shock absorption and grip...


Conversion to monster cross was a little more involved than it may appear...


But I'm looking forward to trying her out!


Just one issue... my bloody knee!



Sunday, 13 August 2017

North for nosh...


Clare's Mum and husband have been up lately and today we headed north for a very nice Sunday dinner at Braewick Cafe, Eshaness.

After roast beef and pudding we needed a bit of fresh air so had a drive along to Stenness and I took a few photos of Dore Holm...


 The light seemed to suit conversion to black and white...


Not a rough day, but still atmospheric...


The Isle of Stenness...


We also went along to Eshaness Lighthouse and were surprised to see a number of puffins still active in Calder's Geo. For some reason I left my camera in the car! Still it was nice just to sit and watch them circling in the geo.

I'm not sure how much activity there'll be on here in the near future, we'll just have to see. I've been getting an awful lot of knee pain all the time and walking is particularly painful and cycling has been severely curtailed to short pootles. X-rays show osteoarthritis in the knee I had an operation in 7 years ago. I'm now waiting to see the orthopaedic surgeon to see if what he has to say, but knee replacement has been mentioned...



Sunday, 6 August 2017

Super sunny family trip to Mousa


Clare's Mam and Step-Dad are up just now so with a fantastic sunny day we decided to head over to Mousa for the afternoon. It seems half of Shetland decided to do the same, though the ferry was full to the gunwales there was plenty of space on the island.

Beren enjoyed his bird watching, though things are calming down now...




And we heard a storm petrel calling from under a rock!

video

And we had lunch with a fantastic view while gannets, bonxies and fulmars glided by. Sadly no whales...


And of course visited the broch...


And even got to steam by on the boat on the way home...


Hot, a little sun-burnt, tired and an achy knee, but we had a great time out. Westerwick tomorrow I think...