As the title says, I went for a wee ride on the Squid SO-EZ tracklocross monster with my daughter, rocking her Forme kid’s mountain bike. It has been a while since we were last out while awaiting a break in the Scottish weather; it has been non-stop storms recently.
I shared the first part of this journey, where YouTube somehow won’t show the HD version, now we have the second half of the cycle up to Firkin Point. Sadly, for a January ride, there is no snow but we do have a nice low hanging winter sun as I ride the tracklocross bike alongside one of Scotland’s most famous tourist spots.
Tracklosalmon is a tracklocross race that I held last weekend. The basic principle was to run a tracklocross race similar to a dual slalom event. I set out a 40-second course, with a Le Man’s start, a sharp climb and technical downhill. It was to try and run a different style of tracklocross event. One that I felt would have been a laugh.Continue reading “Tracklosalmon”
The other day I went out a cycle along the NCN7 and then onto the West Loch Lomond Cycle Path up to Luss for a great view of Ben Lomond. The West Lomond Cycle Path is a 17-mile path up the west side of Loch Lomond, as you would imagine. It is advertised as for all bikes but with the path degradation and general hazards on the path, a wider tyred bike would be a better bet.Continue reading “Slow TV Tracklocross Ride to Loch Lomond at Luss”
The other day I went for a ride on the Surly Steamroller through Glasgow Green and Richmond Park. The weather was that terrible dreich weather that we have been having this winter. Cold, grey and rainy; honestly, it totally sucks. Nice to see a lot of people out on walks, though.
Previously we talked about how a tracklocross bike works well as a commuter bike; one of the ways to up this utilitarian use is to use studded tyres in winter. Studded tyres will help you find grip where previously there was none. You’ll find yourself riding across sections of paths where others will slip and fall.Continue reading “Should Tracklocross Bikes Run Studded Tyres?”
I guess the title pretty much explains what is happening in this video. Sometimes, you need to go for a ride, but you have various family time constraints, but fitting in a quick 30 min blast can happen.
Fixed gear bikes were one of those fads that blow up in cycling. The trend was so big that many people developed a derogatory attitude to fixed gears bikes. It was one of those divides that humanity loves, you either loved fixed gear or hated it, and you stayed in your camp. Like most irrational hatreds, it isn’t based on logic, so I’m going to show you why logically, a fixed gear bike, which is essentially what your tracklocross bike is, is excellent for winter riding. On a side note, we’re not going to call a fixed gear bike a fixie as we have an irrational hatred of that term.Continue reading “Tracklocross Is Great for Winter Riding”
Surly has its fingerprints all over the crime scene, like many niche trends that come into cycling or back into cycling if you check the history of tracklocross article. The Steamroller, for many people, is the archetypical wide tyred fixed gear machine. Just ask the Kilo WT. As you can imagine, a model that has been around for 20 years and barely changed, the Steamroller has a cult following, but is it worthy of that following?Continue reading “Surly Steamroller Tracklocross Build”