I still can’t believe we only had four riders show up when Mladen volunteered to lead a big bike ride on a Sunday. I had thought Jeff was going, but he was a no show. The two of them, in my books are kind of “the” local big bike riders… but I’m no racer, so my perceptions are probably whacked. Anyhow, Josh, Scott Mc, Mladen and myself made up the four riders running around Oliphant this day. Scott and Josh tired fairly early, and Mladen’s partner (Bobbi) was leading a “girls'” group aroound, so he and I let Scott and Josh run for home while we joined with the girls group.
While few would have called Josh or Scott fast, the girls group was _way_ slower. Still, I had fun and did get to see a new viewpoint I hadn’t seen (mid lake), and which is worth knowing. And as always, you get to work on different skills when forced to a different pace. Malahat was _slow_ with southbound (homeward) traffic, and so was Finlayson/Munn Rd. Spent time chasing cars while riding on the shoulder looking for ramps (sshh).
So, I’ve been waiting two + weeks for the bottom end bearings so I can put the 400S back together. My impression is that it was not worth it. I would have been quite a bit better off to order name brand bearings.
But Chris wanted to try a trail that looked pretty hellish on the topo. Even the level parts were pretty techical, but once it started to climb we were pretty f*cked. Brad made it up on his 450EXC with good tires. The guys used the rope on my bike at one point, and quite a bit on Chris’.
Anyhow, the “13km in 4 hours” comment was Chris’ … I haven’t verified it, but we were two hours later than desired getting out, and we headed straight out from the trail head (after a stop to get our breath back).
Just wanted to make a note that the pivotworks bearing kit kicks the all-balls kit. It comes with a real thrust washer instead of just a teflon ring, and the shoulder washers are similar to Suzuki’s instead of the confusing big flat washer and spacer ring in the all-balls kit.
Oh, and I tried to cut one of the “collars” (inner race) down (on the lathe) to use as a bearing driver… not going to happen with HSS cutters. That’s HARD metal… despite the fact they always come out rusted all the heck. However, with either an old bearing or a bit of tube, the collar DOES make a good driver for getting the old bearings out (and LOTS of heat).
I’d been putting this off because I wanted two days, but the weather hasn’t been good for an overnight trip. It still wasn’t, nor was there time to wait for it to improve. Chris volunteered to ride with me, so we did (most of) it in a single 13 hr 500+km day.