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Pedal Dynamics…

Crank Brothers Mallet 2 Peadls

Crank Brothers Mallet 2 Pedals

TIME for change.  I’ve always ridden mountain bikes clipped-in ever since the early 90’s with those horrible toe-straps.  Since my second mountain biking life I’ve been using Shimano’s SPD system to attach myself to my bike.  With various different pedals.  Settling on the Shimano’s M530 Trail pedals for the last couple of seasons.

But I’ve noticed that the majority of riders over here use the Crank Brothers system and what’s that they say about change?

So it’s a case of – out with old, tried and tested and in with the new, shiny and different.

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Above : Out with the old (left) and in with the new (right)

A 10 minute test ride and I think I can safely say that I prefer them to the old pedals and the old system.  It seems easier to engage the cleat and if it doesn’t engage you have a decent platform with 6 grippy little pins on each side to put down a couple of pedal strokes until you can clip in.

It also seems easier to unclip too – which can be good or bad depending on if you mean to unclip or not!

Think I might put a set of these on the downhill bike (currently ride flats on the DH bike) when the lifts open and see how I get on.  The other thing I like is that it looks as though you could jump on the bike with normal trainers on without too much fuss something that the SPD system really doesn’t let you get away with.

Will report back when I’ve really tested them out…but for now, happy 🙂

ready to ride

ready to ride

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First Proper Bike Ride of the Year…

Woke up to a clear blue sky, a slight breeze and birds tweeting in the pine trees.  We were on the first lift as is standard procedure on school days and after a pretty good 2hr morning session on the (icey & choppy) snow where it was all about speed it was nice to get on the bike this afternoon for a proper rip!

Some new upgrades made for a fun ride.  Climbed up to about 1600m so that’s about 500m of vertical but as we all know..what goes up MUST come down 🙂

Covered about 18km on the bike and 20km this morning on the board.  Did manage to take a few pictures with the phone but it was all about the ride today…

 

Briancon

 

@ 1600m

The Guisane River and the trusty Rockhopper

Broken chain @ 1500m

 

Luc Alphand piste from south side of the valley

 

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