Surrey Hills MTB



My Transition Bandit is Dead. Long live my Transition Scout

Best… Day… Ever?

So as I wrote a couple of weeks ago, my trusty Transition Bandit acquired a deeply disturbing crack in the chainstay – “oh the humanity” – “oh the emotional carnage”.

I’ve got to confess, despite having Bob M’s Transition Scout on loan I have been slightly wallowing in a puddle of depression ever since. I mean… my bike… it’s dead… *sob*…. what was I going to do?

However I’m extremely glad to report that today brings AMAZING NEWS – I’m getting a replacement frame – and its a Transition Scout 650b (in Stealth Black – yeeehahh).

I have been glued to the internet over the last few weeks, looking at frames from everywhere and everyone as a rising tide of “not riding panic” began to grip me. There are some lovely bikes out there at the moment, however lovely as they are, I realised (reinforced by a few cheeky rides out on Bob’s Scout) I could not face being unable to ride a Transition steed of some kind as my main trail weapon of choice.

IMHO the Scout is a true “spiritual replacement” to the Bandit in every way. Riding Bob’s Scout is such a “familiar” experience and it loves – just LOVES – the point of the ride when gravity becomes your friend and you let go of the brakes. Last night’s TFIT was a good case in point. Cutting loose on a Transition is the point where the “playfulness” arrives. It invites you to push harder, corner harder and smile harder!

Anyway, the lovely, lovely frame is coming (as a crash replacement – this is why I love Transition Bikes!) from the lovely people at Windwave – UK importers of all things Transition and I’m Tom at Cycleworks is going to be swapping all my go and stop kit from Bandit to Scout as soon as this can be done although I’m giving serious thought to ordering a Rockshox Pike 150mm to augment the bounce on the front.

I will write some notes on the Scout as soon as I hit the trails over the coming weeks but I am one happy rider!


Cycleworks Haslemere – Refurbishment

News! News! Actual real news!

So as I mentioned a couple of blogs ago, my trusty Transition Bandit (that would be a 650b Matt…) is heading into my LBS for some new year love and attention.

Anyway, yesterday afternoon I got a call from Tom at Cycleworks letting me know that apparently the shop is actually going to be closed for a couple of weeks at the end of this month.

The good news is Cycleworks are investing in a new shop refurb with a much larger area for bike display and general retail as well as a much larger workshop area and general facilities.

This is all round great news IMHO and will make my many trips down to Haslemere to dribble at bikes decidedly more pleasant as well as improve the chances of getting your steed mended when you’ve broken it.

So my advice is, if you need any new bits in the near future, stock up soon. I wish the guys at Cycleworks all the best for the refurb and look forward to seeing the new layout.

Guess I’ll just have to wait a little longer before I get my Bandit spring ready then!

I works near that there London

So I’ve got a new job which is my only excuse for not blogging recently and also the reason for the featured image. I saw this on the wall outside my office and marvelled that someone actually took the time to make such a small and inoffensive bit of graffiti (and ir also appears they cannot spell). It also perfectly sums up how I feel before I’ve had my morning coffee.

However I feel inspired to post a couple of overdue updates that James G sent me after reading Mr D’s most excellent most recent blog (nice bike review Dave – The On One Inbred – the bike of the ‘purist’)

Anyway, the first is “Macro Genesis” by Team Infocus using some really cool film techniques to show the birth of a mountain bike:

And the second video is just awesome – Sam Reynolds, Olly Wilkins and Ben Deakin show how it should be done in the Surrey Hills.

TFIT tomorrow – I won’t be riding as I am currently sans-lights. (UPDATE: might be riding after all, Matt W has very kindly offered me to borrow one of his old ones) I finally bit the bullet and sent my Exposure off to get hopefully mended after ANOTHER lights failure last week. A big thanks to Cycleworks in Haslemere for sorting that out for me.

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