WHITEWARE IS BORING!
Arh, our washing machine died after 15 years of loyal service. It never complained, just washed clothes. One day it tried to walk out of the wash house, almost made it to the door and then died. The worst bit of course is having to buy a new one. Why is whiteware white? Why don’t the sales people know why they stock so many brands and models? Why don’t they dry and fold the clothes after they have finished washing? Why don’t rap stars make washing machines, then you could get attitude and bling with your whiteware…probably come in more colours too!
Anyway, after suffering from this boring experience, I built myself a nice red Heckler, more below.
One for the Road
I’ve gone carbon crazy, I’ve now managed to get an Ibis Silk together. Now this is a nice piece of kit. Now I will admit that I’ve been a little slack with my road riding over the winter and my first ride of the Silk was the local Star & Garter, Tuesday night road race. I was worried that this might not be the best idea, but what the heck. I can honestly say the Silk performed amazingly, I could stay up with those hard-core Nelson B-graders. The Silk, accelerated, climbed, cornered well above expectation. It was really comfortable too and flattered my ability. Unfortunately, I may have not quite done up the seatpost clamp tight enough and my seat had dropped significantly, which meant by the end of the race I cruised across the finish line, instead of mixing it up in the sprint. Anywho, the Silk is good. Now I just have to sort my fitness out and get back into those Tuesday night racing. I also have some very nice orange Aireal roadie hubs, I like orange.
If you haven’t fallen asleep with talk of road bikes and washing machines, well done! As I said, my experience of purchasing a washing machine was really boring; I had to do something to snap me out of my zombie like state. So I figured it’s been quite some time since I have ridden a Heckler. I noticed that there was a spare one lying around (lucky huh!?). I purposely selected the Float R rear shock, I wanted to really know how well the Heckler single pivot designed worked and not how good the new DHX5’s are (bloody good, by the way). I have owned a couple of Hecklers before and I found that I did missing owing one. Getting back on a Heckler is like meeting up with a good friend that you haven’t seen for a while. You automatically just get along as if no time has passed. Everything just feels “right”. With the Float R, the Heckler feels very firm and efficient when pedalling. I hit all my favourite local trails that I previously ridden a Nomad, a Blur XC and Ibis Mojo. The Heckler climbed and descended everything. It was like I had owned this bike for years, it was better than I remembered and I would say that it would put many other manufactures multi-linkage bikes to shame. The Heckler set’s the standards and to think it could be better with a DHX5 air or coil! Personally I think everyone should have a Heckler in the bike collection. I can see why current owners keep them for so long.
War is Hell
Ok, I’m not going all political in my newsletters, no space. Anyway, I will probably never experience (luckily) what it is to go and fight for freedom or ones nation but this quote that I found on mtbr.com from Bombardier, helped me with some perspective; “I really miss my wife, my Nomad, and my Jeep.... in that order”. I’m pretty sure we would feel the same way.
North Island DH Series.
The NIDH series is in full swing with two rounds completed. Round one in Wanganui, showed how a home course advantage can help. Eddie Masters got his V10 across the line 8 seconds faster than anyone else (in all class’s). Check-out Eddies Diaries on NZride.com for more info.
Round Two in Mariatia (Auckland), had Jenna Makgill taking out open woman’s field and Dale Cragg winning Vet men’s. Bloody well done!
Jamie Goldman wins both the slope style and dirt jumps competition at the Roc D’Azur, France. The Rock D’Azur is a massive event, with 5 days of mountain bike events. This year it attracted over 130,000 visitors. So it’s BIG.
Dr. Bike/Outside Sports
Welcome to Jarna and the team at Dr. Bike/Outside Sports there in Queenstown. They’ve been associated with the Santa Cruz brand for a while now, Jarna has a lovely V10.
Thanks again for you support;
Mike & Sandra
(Testing the Mojo, Dunn Mountain walkway)