Ride report - rather than spoil the flow of Pete's news round-up we'll sneak Chris's write-up in here:
A cold and drizzly morning meant that only 4 Condors gathered at Keighley this morning. Ian, Myself and double trouble from both of the Hartley twins. The Washburn Valley had been mentioned so we headed East for a change.
The first portion of the ride was a little urbanized through Bingley and onto Shipley, climbed to Guiseley before dropping to Otley.
From here I was on unfamiliar territory but guided by my comrades I followed intrepidly. Ian had developed a grumbling mechanical, with his rear wheel bearings (perhaps due to the previous weeks washing out of grease they had). A brief stop and we were again on our way, rolling past Almscliffe Crag and on toward Harrogate.
Our cafe stop was in the charming village of Hampsthwaite, a picture postcard type of place next to the River Nidd. Full of character and quintessential Englishness.
Refueled and raring to go Nigel and Melvin set pace back towards Ilkley. We passed through more idyllic places with names such as Kettlesing, Timble and Askwith. Views of the Washburn Valley were hung in low mist making for a spectral scene.
It was great to see Melvin after what seems like too long, and I'm glad/sad to report that he is going very well after a short rest. We chose the most direct route home via the formidable Keighley Gate.
Parts had been washed away with the recent downpours but we made good progress and regrouped at the top. The weather had turned gradually grimmer with persistent drizzle adding to the onset of cold. From here we parted company with Mel and even refrained from Public Houses! Save that for Riley's Treat. Not bad for a dank December day!
This Weeks Best Buy
Both Myself and Mel have replaced our chains this week, both choosing from the KMC range. Seem to run nice and smooth so far. Watch this space to how long they last etc.
X-SP treatment: This treatment of pins and plates reduces wear susceptibility caused by the ingress of sand or other debris into the chain bearings. Hugely enhancing durability. Pins and plates, made out of special high quality alloy are less prone to stretching
X-Bridge: This is on the outer plate, configured with precisely articulated angles for quicker and smoother gear shifting and quieter riding. Lightweight shorter length pins length combine with high-grade materials to reduce weight. Tensile strength safety is assured with a minimum 1020kgf above ISO standards
Titanium Nitride Coating
Open Inner plate; less chainsuck