Old truck, new truck (June Challenge)

Something old, something new! Not sure if this is cheating the month’s challenge slightly or just bending the rules to suit my own agenda, but the “new” is a new thing to me so that’s what counts, right? πŸ™‚

I’ve succumbed to N+1 for the first time in a few years! After having done nothing but all-out road cycling for several years, I finally gave in and bought a mountain bike.

What! I hear you say? You’re not joining those hairy legged baggy shorts wearing beer chugging stump jumping dirt donkeys are you? Don’t worry team, I haven’t given up the Lycra and leg shaving yet! Tasmania has a reputation for being a mountain bikers paradise, so it was probably about time I joined the fold or at least gave it a go. I tell you what, it’s quite the change and challenge.

Here’s a snap from one of my first rides. I stumbled across this old truck out in the middle of nowhere while exploring. I just had to stop and take a photo of it alongside my new truck! I wonder how long this old truck has been laying dormant there? I wonder who owned it last? Or what it was used for?

Mountain bikes have certainly come on since I last owned one with loads of new tech. Seat posts you can raise/lower with the flick of a switch, single ring wide ratio drive trains, hydraulic disc brakes, not to mention those massive 29 inch wheels which roll over everything with ease!

So over the winter here in the Southern Hemisphere I’m going to start hitting up the local trails and sharpen my off-road abilities (or lack thereof). Needless to say, it’s a lot harder than simply hammering constantly on the pedals when on the smooth blacktop! Here’s to new adventures and learning new skills!

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The sound of a perfectly lubed chain whirring through a fresh drivetrain, slick summer tyres humming across the blacktop as you spin, otherwise silently over country roads early in the morning.

9 response to "Old truck, new truck (June Challenge)"

  1. By: Kathleen Jones Posted: June 9, 2019

    What a beauty! Have fun on that one.

  2. By: Suzanne Posted: June 9, 2019

    You’ve made a good case for branching off into mountain biking, it will be a whole new experience! I’m looking forward to your rides!

    • By: tempocyclist Posted: June 11, 2019

      Thanks! It’s much more challenging in other ways than road cycling. More balance required so your upper body and core get a good workout. You have to get used to not going very far (in comparison to road biking) and clocking very low average speeds. It’s a totally different ball game! Much fun though!

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 10, 2019

    Wow! Nice machine!
    A friend of mine in the Oldsmobile Club says you can never have too many cars . . . a corollary about bicycles might follow! πŸ™‚
    Neat old truck, any idea what brand it is?
    Have a great time on the trails!

    • By: tempocyclist Posted: June 11, 2019

      I’m not sure of the make, but I remember where the truck is so I plan on going back and checking it out further. I’m a fan of old rusty stuff. πŸ™‚

  4. By: Bill Stone Posted: June 10, 2019

    Bravo n+1! Nice bike! If you enjoy it as much as I’ve enjoyed my Surly Ogre, it will be money well spent. Have fun!

  5. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: June 11, 2019

    We have been looking at how to fit one of those large diameter MTB cassettes onto my trike. No luck. The derailleur would be too low.

    I can see you will be having some fun around the state now all these tracks have been / are being built.

    • By: tempocyclist Posted: June 12, 2019

      It’s got a crazy dinner plate 46T on the back! The derailleur does get pretty close to the ground even on the 29 inch wheels. Couldn’t imagine it on your trike. One of the bikes I looked at had a 51T rear cog!

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