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Liquid memories

Liquid memories I put up a shelf in the garage/workshop to store water bottles (bidons) I’ve inadvertently collected over the years. It’s quite cool to have these up as they represent memories of people, places, our travels. Look forward to inadvertently collecting some more!

MS150 2018

It’s happening… again. I’ve signed up to ride the MS150 from Houston to Austin in 2018. Hope y’all will come along for the ride with me 🚴. Details coming soonish (and the bit where I ask for donations coming soonish too (remember it’s a great cause!!)) In related news, the @bluelinebikelab team I was a part of in 2017 were awarded “best team promoting the mission” by The MS Society πŸ‘πŸ‘, and the team’s fundraising average increased by $260 per rider for 2017’s event.

53 miles

53 miles! Extremely proud of Kelly to go the distance on her first 50+ mile bike ride. On a full suspension mountain bike with 27.5 x 2.25 knobbly tyres no less! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ I remember when Vince and I did our first 50 mile ride. That seemed hard to me even as a supported ride and on a road bike. Kelly smashed it with fewer than five prior “road rides” under her belt. Most recent and longest to date was 40 miles.

When tyre sealant doesn’t seal (and other tales of woe)

See that white stuff on my water bottle? That’s tyre sealant. On today’s ride, right in the last mile or two, I suffered a puncture. However I didn’t realise until I rode into our accommodation that it had even happened. That’s the beauty of a tubeless wheel setup β€” there is no inner tube, just the tyre and the rim. The liquid sealant sloshes around inside the tire until you get a puncture when the tyre pressure rapidly spurts the sealant out through the hole effectively clogging it so you can continue riding.

Galloping Goose Trail, BC

Tomorrow morning, our last in Victoria, BC, I’m gonna pretend I have a road bike and try ride some decent kms along the Galloping Goose trail. Today I spent the morning in Hartland Mountain Bike Park north of Victoria, and let me tell y’all, the British Columbians trail rating system if different from everywhere else I’ve ridden. When you’ve been tackling intermediate and *some* diamond trails successfully around the States, it DOES NOT mean you can successfully ride BC intermediate trails.

Quick ride in Banff, Canada

Amazing view from a quick ride in Banff Quick few kms this morning before heading out of Banff National PArk on an 9hr drive to Kelowna, BC. πŸš™πŸ•˜πŸ•™πŸ•šπŸ•›πŸ•πŸ•‘πŸ•’πŸ•“πŸ•”. Sometimes I really miss my road bike 😩. Fun fact: on our drive we passed a burning semi-trailer full of meat. Wound the windows up just in case it didn’t smell like delicious BBQ… 😬