NWT MK3

31 03 2009
My NWT as it rolls at the moment...

My NWT as it rolls at the moment...

I’ve made a few more changes to my NWT getting it ready for spring and the start of touring season.  It’s a sharp looking bike…=-)

How long will the tape stay white?

How long will the tape stay white?

I removed the Shimano Nexus 8 twistshifter and replaced it with a JTEK bar-end shifter designed for the Nexus8/Alfine IGHs.  It seems like a very well made product and the shifting is precise and positive.  I’ll report more about this shifter in another post.  I messed up the bar tape when I installed the JTEK shifter so I threw caution to the wind and went bling with some white bar tape.  It may not stay white that long, but it looks sweet for the moment!

Greenspeed Scorchers 40mm-406

Greenspeed Scorchers 40mm-406

I love the Greenspeed Scorcher tires on my Tikit so I got a set for the NWT.  I’m hopeful they provide the same fast and comfortable ride in this size.  I picked up the TR version which is supposed to resist flats well.  I haven’t had a single flat on my Tikit which is running TRs so it seems to be working.

Sugino 46T ring

Sugino 46T ring

I’ve been adjusting the gear range on my NWT trying to get it just right so I can tour with only a single ring up front.  A Sugino 46T ring gives me a warranty legal 2:1 ratio with my 23T cog at the back and *fingers crossed* gives me a nice blend of low end and top speed.  Only time will tell and it’s really sloppy out at the moment as spring tries to arrive so the NWT is grounded until roads are dry.

In-line barrel adjuster.

In-line barrel adjuster.

The JTEK shifter has no cable tension adjustment so I added an in-line barrel adjuster near the hub.





Snow Day

30 03 2009
More snow?....no problem!

More snow?....no problem!

We had a big dump of snow Saturday night so of course Sunday we jumped on the Pugsleys to explore the fresh new winter wonderland that is Fishcreek Provincial Park.  It was much warmer out [-4 deg to 0 deg C] than our last Pugsley mission to Fishcreek Park.  Last time we were uber cold.  This time it was sunny and mild with fresh snow and lots of trails to ride.

Kurt plots our route.

Kurt plots our route.

The warmer temps meant heavy sticky snow that offered excellent traction.  The only problem we had was veering too far off the trail an suddenly sinking in 2′ into the deep snow that had not been packed down by foot traffic/skiis all winter.

We ran into some folks that were super curious about our Pugsleys...

We ran into some folks that were super curious about our Pugsleys...

We had a great conversation with some hikers that were also bikers and had been following our tracks from earlier in the day trying to figure out what had made them.  When we doubled back to return to the C-train we ran into them and had a nice chat.  Natirally a test ride enused and many smiles.  Hopefully we’ve converted a couple more folks to the fat tire world.  Resistance is futile!…=-)

Kurt bombs the steep trail....

Kurt bombs the steep trail....

All in in all we had a great day riding our Pugsleys.  I’m really looking forward to riding bikes in shorts and t-shirts, but until that day arrives I’m going to make the best of it everytime we get some fresh snow.  I may even miss winter *GASP!* when I have no snow to ride my Pugsley in this summer.





Gareth’s 100mile Tikit Review

28 03 2009
The first 100 miles down...

The first 100 miles down...

Gareth posted a review of his first 100 miles on his lovely new Alfine Tikit with disc brakes.





Burton Super Model 159

27 03 2009
My new ride...happy birthday to me!

My new ride...happy birthday to me!

So I’ve been riding my 10 year old Winterstick All Mountain 164cm board.  It’s long and stiff which makes it great for fast riding in open terrain.  You can lay down these big deep carves on a nicely groomed run while keeping your speed at full throttle – super fun.  What it’s not so great at is being nimble and darting between trees.

Since my birthday is coming up I decided to add a new board to my quiver.  Something shorter with more flex that would let me explore some tighter terrain in the mountains – trees, gullies, etc…

My local snowboard shop is selling boards at 25% so I jumped on a Burton Super Model 159cm.  I mean who doesn’t want a super model in their lives?…=-)

Burton Mission bindings

Burton Mission bindings

I’ll be using the Burton Mission bindings pictured above and the Burton Driver X boots pictured below.  The Super Model uses Burton’s new ICS binding system, but I already have these non-ICS bindings so I’ll use ‘em.  At some point I’ll get some ICS bindings and swap them out.  Unless you are snowboard geek ICS won’t mean anything to you – so jump to Burton’s site and click on Tech, then boards and then The Channel for an explanation. The simple answer is it’s a proprietary Burton binding attachment system.  Since I’m using non-ICS Burton bindings I’ll need to use an adapter disc to mount my bindings.

Burton Driver X boots

Burton Driver X boots





Walter’s Tikit was stolen!…=-(

26 03 2009

Update: Walter’s Tikit was recovered – no details yet…=-)

Have you seen this Tikit?

Have you seen this Tikit?

Walter Lapchynski’s Tikit has been stolen.  You can see photos of his bike here and read his post discussing the theft here.  It’s a unique bike so hopefully he’ll get it back.





NWT Gearing Redux

26 03 2009
The search continues...

The search continues...

In aid of my dream to run my NWT with a single chainring and a Nexus 8 IGH I’ve tried using a 23T cog at the back with a 43T ring up front.  The resulting gear range was too low so I tried a 21T cog in the back.  Unfortunately that cog is too small to work with my Surly Singlenatortensioner chain in the push up mode [pictured below with the 23T cog].

Surly Singlenator just works with a 23T cog

Surly Singlenator just works with a 23T cog

So I put the 23T cog back on and I’ve ordered up a 46T front ring which will hopefully get the gear range where I want it. I’m pretty close!

Speaking of gearing I rec’d my JTEK Alfine/Nexus bar end shifter and I have installed it on the NWT.  I’ll post details separately.  It seems to work great, but since my NWT drivetrain is in pieces at the moment I haven’t road tested it yet.





Do what you love…

25 03 2009

Be passionate...

Be passionate...

I think it’s important to do what you love and so conversely to not do what you don’t love.  Sorry for the lack of posts lately.  I just haven’t been stoked with blogging as much as normal.  Not 100% sure why, but it feels like a temporary thing.  I do have some posts in mind for the next little while, but they may not be as frequent as in the past until I get my mojo back.