Selkirk 100


Just back from 6 weeks work in the Middle East and with the Xizang sitting at home in the cupboard I thought it was time to put it through it’s paces.

the route via Garmin

Had entered the Selkirk 100 (well actually 75km) and although training was virtually non existent – unless of course sitting on a gym bike counts as real training – I was up for it. I had ordered some UST tubeless tyres for the race and a new Rock Shox SID team 2007 fork …. tyre sent was the wrong one and the Fork was at my friend’s house. A little moan as he was supposed to race but had decided to bail out and had gone to see girlfriend in Birmingham leaving my fork locked in his flat. Oh crap.



Still went along ready for the 19 degree C and sunny weather that the forecast had predicted … instead rain and mud. So tyre choice crap Kenda Karma2.0 (nice tyre in any not wet conditions pretty fast rolling and good grip) back (tubed) and UST Schwalbe Skinny Jimmy 1.9 on the front. Forks still 10 year old SIDs which may have blown seal as they barely compress. Wearing in the Rohloff Speedhub hasn’t even started – it is supposed to take 1000 miles – so a race is not the most sensible way to start.
During the race the gear chang
es on the Rohloffseemed to get stiffer and stiffer – thought at first it was sore wrists after all the falls but something definitely wrong. Only twigged a few days later that the cut off bar grip had slipped and was so tight against the twist shift that the friction was making changes difficult. Now aware of it it is easy to avoid

So blame the equipment but it was me at fault … not fit enough and due to weather / practice / equipment I must have fallen off or gone over the bars at least 12 times in the race.

The bars on my saddle are bent now –

too many crashes or just shoddy construction. After 5h 42m with a terrible ave speed I came in 64th.

Retirement even before I felt competitive.

Still a few changes since then. Put on a 90cm stem and the new Sid forks and the bike is feeling great again….

who knows I might actually get some miles in soon.

new fork and stem

A new retro looking leather seat Seat – Selle Flite Storika


Just back from a nice little ride over my regular tracks – up the West highland Way. Singlespeed making me look at old routes in a new way. Still waiting on the Rohloff before the bike will be revealed so getting parts together.

Tried to transfer my old Flite saddle from the Klein unbolted it and realised a crack went straight through the middle and was holding together with just 4mm of plastic. So new saddle ordered – fancied something similar (but different) so just bought a discounted Selle Italia Storika – weighs 190grams and looks quite retro cool I think.

Step 1 – Titanium Rohloff Mission


Buy the bike …. found a great frame a GT XIZANG LE from late 90’s early 00’s on eBAY with Rolf Propel Wheels and SID fork for a bargain.

It is currently set up as single speed but the idea is to put a rohloff speedhub on the rear of the bike.
Currently the bike weighs 19lbs but this would rise to 23 24ish once setup.

This will be used for mtb marathon races 50km plus where riding on the Klein makes me feel like I have been punched in the kidneys ….. A LOT.