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Yea, yea, yea, but what is it?

The WRT is a 3 day and perhaps more importantly 2 night ride through and around mid Wales. You'll be expected to be self sufficient, carrying everything you need and sleeping out in or under whatever you think best. It's not elitist, entry is open to anyone who wants to try it. All the money raised by the WRT goes to the Wales Air Ambulance charity ... an organisation I hope you'll never need.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

So wrong it might be right.

When I ride I don't like trying / having to maintain the same position for long periods ... it's one of the reasons I ride flat pedals and quite enjoy drop bars off road. The idea of adding clip-on bars to a mountain bike is nothing new, a large number of TD bikes run them so the riders can alter their positions throughout long days.

I happened to be on the internet looking for some bits when I came across some cheap clip-on bars and thought I'd give them a whirl ... after all, the orange Inbred seemed like a good candidate.

I must have one arm longer than the other!

The general consensus seems to be that when fitted to a mountain bike, clip-ons need to be raised with some kind of spacer. Rather than start machining / bodging something I thought I'd give them a quick go first ... nothing ventured, etc.

Oddly ... quite comfy.

They still need some fine tuning to get the position right but first impressions are quite promising. Once you get used to the position things aren't bad and the unstable steering sensation soon goes. I certainly wouldn't like to try and ride anything technical when using them but for those tarmac bits you can't avoid or long draggy fireroads I think they might offer a noticeable advantage ... we'll see!


  1. Didn't think it'd take you long ;o)

  2. I could have done with them the other Sunday morning :)

  3. perfect for strapping a dry bag on the front??