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Glasgow, Scotland
Club Affiliation: Commuter Cycling Century
Member Since: August 2006 5 Year Distance Chart
2024 Miles Traveled: 677
2024 Rank: # 426 of 821 riders
(outdoor rides only)
Lifetime Odometer: 25,376 miles

Hello. I'm a co-founder of the QUB Mountain Biking Club (Belfast) and have ridden the Alps, Pyrenees, Rhone delta, Spain, France, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Canada, Scotland, coastal Ireland: several runs between Dublin and Belfast, Border Trek (Enniskillen to Sligo); Rickshaw Freedom Riders (Belfast-Genoa via St. Bernard Pass), Isles of Arran and Bute Triathlons. Check out my routes on Sanoodi (Irlandzki) and Strava for more details of how to explore Europe by bike. 
click to enlarge 2014 Trek 1.5
Road bike
Description:  Aka "The Roadster". Finally got a replacement for the stolen Felt road bike - the 9.3 kg Trek 1.5. Alloy frame; carbon forks; 20 speed. The downside is this bad boy really makes you feel every nook and cranny of the road; the upside is it's as light as a feather, slices through the air nicely and munches the miles with not too much effort...Frontwheel/tyre replaced after nasty bash off a kerb on ice...new BB, chainset, cassette and chain after 2000 miles and again after 8900 miles (except BB)
Frame 100 Series Alpha Aluminium
Forks Trek carbon road
Wheels Alloy hubs w/Bontrager AT-750 alloy rim; Shimano R500
Tyres Bontrager R1 Hard-Case Lite, 700x23c;AW-1 700x 23c
Shifters Shimano Tiagra STI, 10 speed
Front Deraileur Shimano Tiagra
Rear Deraileur Shimano Tiagra
Crank FSA Vero, 50/34 (compact)[replaced early 2017, and again mid 2022]
Casette Shimano Tiagra 12-30, 10 speed [replaced early 2017, and again mid 2022]
Pedals Nylon body w/alloy cage
Saddle Bontrager Affinity 1
Seat Post Bontrager Approved, 27.2mm, 8mm offset
Handle Bars Bontrager Race VR-C, 31.8mm
Stem Bontrager SSR, 31.8mm, 10 degree
Headset 1-1/8" semi-cartridge bearings
Brake Set Alloy dual-pivot Front brake cables have been replaced twice since acquiring; unsure if this is my riding style or the force and frequency needed to brake during (usual) city riding or weak parts. After 5932 miles, the front chainset, cassette, rear derailleur cable were replaced.

Lifetime Odometer: 11,378.0 miles

2019 other Ammaco Pakka Metro
Folding bike

Lifetime Odometer: 30.0 miles

click to enlarge 2018 Boardman FS Pro
Full Susp XC Mountain bike
Description:  Aka "The Rockbasher". Bought a few months old, rarely ridden, for 950. Although a large 19" frame, when seated it feels even a little small at times. 27.5" fat wheels absorb Glaswegian potholes well. Tested at Cathkin Braes, it handles superbly with extra sharp disc brakes and clean gear changing, however on the heavy side. Front crank and bottom bracket replaced at 1832 miles. New chain and rear cassette at approx 1600 miles. The full suspension is a dream - like riding on air and can handle any terrain you want to throw at it. It passed the Nevis Range's Top Chief black run with flying colours, and Kinlochleven to Fort William via the West Highland Way (though the rear derailleur snapped off towards the end of that run (intact and was re-fitted)). Also coped well with southern end of WHW, from Milngavie to Balmaha. WHW full length South to North (except the climb out of Kinlochlevel towards Fort Bill) was done on this; dragged/pushed/carried the beast over the east Lomond shores - not recommened - full carbon frame preferable, however this bike took a serious amount of abuse and kept riding... Next, Glencoe...

Lifetime Odometer: 1,862.0 miles

2013 other 
Full Susp XC Mountain bike
Description:  Replacement bike for the Trek stolen in December 2013. Bought second hand for 30 (minus brakes). Nice little scoot-about; OK for short runs in Glasgow and off-road. It found a new home when I moved out of Kinning Park in 2015.

Lifetime Odometer: 60.0 miles

2010 Trek 
XC Mountain bike
Description:  This bike was a replacement for the Felt road bike that was stolen from GIC in April 2013. It cost 30 second hand and had 21(?) trigger-style gears. Heavy all-steel frame but OK for commuting and travelling around Glasgow and surrounding areas.
It was STOLEN from the same place as the road bike on 12 DEC 2013. (photo is a library pic)

Lifetime Odometer: 252.0 miles

click to enlarge 2011 Felt Z-100
Road bike
Description:  My first new roadbike for many years, c/o McCabreys, Lurgan. Light, slim and nice through the air. And now some tech specs...
Forks: Carbon Design with 3K Carbon Fiber Blades, 1 1/8" Chrome Moly Steerer and Aluminum Crown.
Frame: 54cm Felt Classic Racing Specific Geometery Felt F-Lite Butted 7005 Aluminum with Smooth Welding, Forged Dropout & Replaceable Hanger
Tyres: Vittoria Zaffiro 700c x 25c
Rims : Aluminum mid V-section Aero Rim with Machined Braking Surface and Wear Indicator (quick-release hubs)
Shifters : Shimano 2200 STI 27 speed
Front Derailleur : Shimano 2200 31.8mm clamp-on, triple
Rear Derailleur : Shimano Sora GS Long Cage
Crank : FSA VERO Triple, 3 piece, Forged Aluminum, 52/42/30T; 51cm=170mm, 54cm-56cm=172.5mm, 58cm-61cm=175mm
Cassette : Sunrace M50-series 8-Speed Cassette, 12-28T STOLEN FROM GLASGOW INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE APRIL 2013... :( :( :(

Lifetime Odometer: 1,135.0 miles

click to enlarge other Trojan Thunder
Track bike
Description:  18-speed hand-built steel frame. Cantilever front and back brakes, gripshift, year and lifetime odometer unknown, found abandoned under a bush, Moira. I took it in and gave it a home (after reporting its absence of course to the PSNI).

Lifetime Odometer: 227.0 miles

1992 Specialized Rockhopper
Downhill Mountain bike
Description:  This is the refurb of the Rockhopper used in Scotland and on the Maracycles

Lifetime Odometer: 0.0 miles

click to enlarge 1992 Specialized Rockhopper Comp
Downhill Mountain bike
Description:  AMP (USA) Front Shocks; Shimano 21-speed trigger-style gears; Outland quick-release light alloy wheels. Rare 5-spoke 46-tooth (large wheel)Shimano STX chainset. Recently replaced V-style Shimano brakes with arch-type brakes front and rear. A lovely light frame bike,very easy to manoeuvre, it made the journey round Ireland in 1994 (the app.4,000 miles clocked by my cycling partner at the time (and best man!) who owns it - current odometer unknown)as well as 2 Belfast-Dublin trips.

Lifetime Odometer: 4,215.0 miles

click to enlarge 2010 other Rockrider
XC Mountain bike
Description:  Rockrider 21-speed rented for the Loire Valley 2010 trip

Lifetime Odometer: 196.0 miles

click to enlarge 2008 Decathlon Rockrider (version unknown)
Downhill Mountain bike
Description:  This is a "library picture" of the bike I hired for the 2008 Loire Valley trip. It featured font fork suspension, quick-release front wheel, crappy (18-speed) gripshift gears and cantilever brakes. A heavy bike (steel) but OK for climbing small gradiaents owing to the small front sprocket (rendering it pretty useless for sprints on flats). I think it was a 5.4.

Lifetime Odometer: 195.0 miles

click to enlarge 2006 other Rally Traffic
Cruiser bike
Description:  Piece of Chinese-made junk that I mistakenly bought at Auchan to tide me over. Most miles done on this bike were in and around Warsaw. When last seen it was residing in Gdansk under new ownership. Heavy frame, no shocks, it required a lot of servicing and new parts (spokes, then a new wheel, brakes, cables, tyres (literally fell apart), mudguards and pedals) within the first 12 mths. Good for shopping and commuting short distances. 18-speed.

Lifetime Odometer: 1,500.0 miles

click to enlarge 2006 other Wild Thing Blowout
Downhill Mountain bike
Description:  The brother-in-law's. Stand-in whilst living in Poland, for occasional use back on The Auld Turf. 18-speed.

Lifetime Odometer: 300.0 miles
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