Dynamo (Dunwich) 2012

And back with the bikes on the roof. Seems like cheating…

Workout:

  • Type: Cycle
  • Date: 06/30/2012
  • Time: 20:00:00
  • Total Time: 12:00:00.00
  • Calories: 3689
  • Distance: 120 miles
  • Average Speed: 10 mph

Fitting Genesis Croix de Fer with SKS Chromoplasitcs mudguards

I’m writing this post in the hope that it can help other Genesis CDF owners who may want to fit the SKS Chromoplasitcs mudguards. It’s been a two week long project for me.

The size of the mudguards I got are the 700×35-38cm ones, in white of course. The instructions that come with them are dire.. But I’m pretty happy with the way I managed to get a tight fit to the tyres, and there is no toe overlap with the front mudguard (my shoe size is UK 9). Some bending and cutting of the stays is required - the front stays need to be cut by 3-4cm!

Although the guards are advertised to fit up to 38C tyres, I couldn’t get enough clearance at the top on the front from my 700×35C (37-622) Vittoria tyre; so I’ve ended up with a 700×32C (32-622) on the front, and a 700×35C (37-622) on the back.

Apart from the bolt cutters that I had to buy to cut the stays, the only tools I required were an allen key (4mm) and small adjustable spanner.

First, a picture of the finished article:

Finished
Finished

Now for a pictorial guide on the journey:

Had to reduce front tyre (Vittoria Randonneur) width from 35C to 32C so as not to rub the top of the front mudguard
Had to reduce front tyre (Vittoria Randonneur) width from 35C to 32C so as not to rub the top of the front mudguard
Front shackle needs to be cut to fit onto the front fork in a high enough position
Front shackle needs to be cut to fit onto the front fork in a high enough position
Intelligent bending required to get the stays around the disc brakes!
Intelligent bending required to get the stays around the disc brakes!
To reduce tyre clearance, need to cut stays with appropriate tool - bolt cutters for me
To reduce tyre clearance, need to cut stays with appropriate tool - bolt cutters for me

And for some close-ups of the completed project:

Front wheel
Front wheel
Front wheel again
Front wheel again
Back wheel
Back wheel
Rear mounting bracket DOES clear the seat stays (just)
Rear mounting bracket DOES clear the seat stays (just)
Fitting to the front fork
Fitting to the front fork
Just clips on at the front of the chain stays
Just clip on at the front of the chain stays

Hope someone finds this useful….

A long way from Kersey to here

Significantly longer time on the way to Cambridge back from Felixstowe as it was into a headwind, more uphill, and rain for the last third of the way. Now I wish I’d managed to finish my mudguard fitting project. Although the route was about 2 miles shorter, there was more up-and-down, since I took an even more scenic route back this time through as many of the quaint Suffolk villages as I could. I managed to go through the village of Kersey, of which I had memories of from my childhood.

Kersey
Kersey

Google maps, indicated that these were surfaced roads (!!):

Road.. according to Google
Road.. according to Google

another road.... according to Google
another road…. according to Google

And here’s the slightly different route taken on the way back

Workout:

  • Type: Cycle
  • Date: 04/08/2012
  • Time: 22:00:00
  • Total Time: 6:10:00.00
  • Calories: 2851
  • Distance: 69 miles
  • Average Speed: 11.19 mph

It’s a long long way, from Clare to Here

One of the many antiques shops in the Wool Trail villages

One of the many antiques shops in the Wool Trail villages

Any excuse to quote that Ralph McTell song. So I actually left from Cambridge, and cycled to Felixstowe. BUT I did cycle through Clare on the way, although it’s not the same Clare as is featured in the song.

My first long solo ride on my CDF this was, and I made pretty good time. The middle section of cycling through the Suffolk Wool Trail villages, including Clare, was gorgeous.

71 miles

Had a tail wind and sunshine for this ride. Not looking forward to the rain and headwind forecast for the ride back in a couple of days…

Workout:

  • Type: Cycle
  • Date: 04/06/2012
  • Time: 09:45:00
  • Total Time: 5:30:00.00
  • Calories: 3390
  • Distance: 71 miles
  • Average Speed: 12.91 mph

Dunwich Dynamo Plus 2011

Looking back, I’m astounded I completed the 255 mile DD Plus on this Giant Hybrid, and no clipped or clipless pedals. & must have been cursing my slowness…

Taking my new baby for a spin

Due to starting a new job, where my commute will become a 20 mile round trip, as opposed to 6 miles, I thought it was about time to invest in a road(ish) bike. This is something I should’ve done before last years DD Plus .

What I’ve obtained in a moment of madness a couple of weeks ago, is a Genesis Croix de Fer. It’s frame is made from Reynolds 725 Chromoly tubing, so not the lightest, but can go off-road with no worries and is very forgiving going over potholes. Having a bike that can only go on road wasn’t something I could contemplate buying. It also comes with SPD pedals, and after a few little trips around my local area, and nearly falling into the path of an oncoming car, I’ve wondered how I could’ve lived without them for long rides before.

So, now that I’ve put a decent set of tyres on it (90% of new bikes come with horrible tyres I presume), I feel I can go for some longs rides puncture free.

Currently I have only one mudguard fitted. When I’ve managed to fit the front one, I’ll post about it in the hope that other Genesis CDF owners can use the info. to avoid the frustration I’ve suffered over this.

Only one mudguard

Only one mudguard

The first long ride was today. After picking up cycling buddy from her home in Cambridge satellite village, we embarked on our 70 mile round trip to Thetford forest . The wind was atrocious across the fens cycling to the forest, and cycling buddy wasn’t to happy with me at

No punctures on the Dawes Giro 5001

leading her and her Dawes Giro 500 through a forest trail. I was pretty relieved at getting to Brandon park lodge for cake without acquiring any punctures on her skinny 23mm tyres. As for my new baby, she rode like a dream through the woods. Cycling back via Mildenhall, we had the wind behind us, and beat the darkness easily with time to stop for coke, chips and onion rings at the Bridge pub on the River Cam.

nearly back
nearly back

..

Workout:

  • Type: Cycle
  • Date: 03/31/2012
  • Time: 09:30:00
  • Total Time: 9:00:00.00
  • Calories: 2774
  • Distance: 70 miles
  • Average Speed: 7.78 mph

Dunwich Dynamo 2010

Perfect way to spend a Birthday

Workout:

  • Type: Cycle
  • Date: 07/24/2010
  • Time: 20:00:00
  • Total Time: 12:00:00.00
  • Calories: 3716
  • Distance: 116 miles
  • Average Speed: 9.67 mph

Zero

footwear for 120 mile cycle ride. on Twitpic
The variation in footwear was interesting at this years Dunwich Dynamo

Workout:

  • Type: Cycle
  • Date: 07/04/2009
  • Total Time: 12:00:00.00
  • Calories: 3786
  • Distance: 116 miles
  • Average Speed: 9.67 mph

1…..

Last longish ride before DD2009. Back to the Poppy field on the way round, as cycling- buddy wanted to see it. A  pretty muddy affair this time after the heavy rain.

Workout:

  • Type: Cycle
  • Date: 06/27/2009
  • Time: 08:00:00
  • Total Time: 4:00:00.00
  • Calories: 2525
  • Distance: 48.6 miles
  • Average Speed: 12.15 mph

2….

Managed slightly further today (37 miles). Next week, I really need to do a 60 miler as my last serious workout before the DD on 4th July…

Again, cycling through Cambridgeshire villages that I had hardly seen before, was a great few hours. And the first Poppy fields I remember seeing for a few years.

Workout:

  • Type: Cycle
  • Date: 06/20/2009
  • Time: 10:00:00
  • Total Time: 3:00:00.00
  • Calories: 1893
  • Distance: 37 miles
  • Average Speed: 12.33 mph



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