SSWC 2007

Single Speed Bicycle

Single Speed Worlds set for 2007

The Singlespeed world championships race and gathering will happen on September 1-2 in Aviemore, Scotland. Last year’s worlds were in Stockholm, Sweden, in mid-August. Sveinung Bj?rk?y (Norway) and Tiffany Allmandinger (USA) won the men’s and women’s divisions.

Aviemore is about a three hour drive from Edinburg and Glasglow airports and one hour from the Inverness airport. According to the organizers’ website, you can also get there by railway, Sustrans cycle routes, and ancient hill paths.

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There’s also the Single Speed UK Championships taking place during 8th-10th of June at Ashton Court Estate, Bristol. It’s running alongside the Bristol Bike Fest. Sign up for mailing list updates here

The JMC Story

Jason McRoy

The short, but eventful, life of Jason McRoy ended tragically on August 24 1995, when his Harley Davison motorbike was in collision with a lorry at Woodhead Pass on the A628 in Derbyshire. Jason was more than a son to me, he was my best mate, he was my hero. When he died, a part of me died with him; but a part of Jason lives on in me, and is his inspirational life that has given me the strength to carry on.

This is Jason’s story:

Takin' it to the Brits – Sam "Down" Hill

That left just two riders to go. The crowd were counting down to the time at which Sam Hill had to appear over the crest, and went nuts when they’d only got as far as “3”. He crossed the line a second and a half clear of Gracia’s time, a feat that last man down Greg Minnaar just couldn’t match. – Fort William DH

SSWC06 announced for SStockholm, SSweden

Go Eurotrash!!

Check out surlyblog for more info. No idea when it’s on or anything else for that matter but the Surly dudes will update as news comes to hand.

I was thinking to myself as I walked home tonight – I want to build another SS shitter, like the GT was, but shittier. Something that (almost) doesn’t need locking-up in London..

Then I had a flashback of hard rubbish days in Oz and wept a little. Once the tears had dried I cursed London’s inability to provide me with a salvagable trash-bike. It’s punishment for the running thing isn’t it?

Mountain bike beats car on Top Gear

“The Clio may not be the best car in its class, but it’s well loved. The new one, it seems, is even better. But is it good enough to beat a mad mountain biker down a hill? Well, at the risk of ruining any suspense. No. But then it was driven by Captain Slow, who also seemed to have had a promotion that day to Captain Crashy. If you own a bin, wall or washing line in Lisbon, sorry if James destroyed it.” from:

Downloaded this particular episode just so I could see the bike win. It did.

Tee Hee 😀

Bikes Rule!

Wanna host the next SS Worlds?

Where are the Single Speed World Championships going to be held next year? If you play your cards right they could be in your home town. Step right up, make your bid, the Surly boys are in control and looking for location. It’s your chance to show off your trails and be a hero for a few days. What am I talking aout? Read on:

Send me a serious proposal for hosting SSWC06 by October 31st, 2005 to Also, sending me a random ?do it in Jamaica, man? will automatically disqualify your town. Please be serious, we?re too busy to handle extra insignificant e-mails. Can?t wait to hear from you.

Originally posted on surlyblog.


Review: Amoeba JY-192 Downhill Bars

These Amoeba JY-192’s are my singlespeed bars. I’ve been using them for perhaps two years now.

Name: Amoeba JY-192 MTB Downhill Bar

Material: AL6061 T6

Thickness: 5.0mm

Width: 670mm

Weight: 490g

Raise: 40mm

LBS Marked Price: $42.95AUD

“Light-weight, 6061 T6 aluminium (Ed: not frickin’ aluminum!) provides excellent strength-to-weight ratio while maintaining durability and stiffness. Constructed with 40mm raise at 490g, it’s made for those looking for high performance handlebars for some serious downhilling action. What’s more, it’s totally rust-resistant.”

Light-weight? 490g? HAHAHAHA! It might be aluminium, but the tubing is very thick (5mm) compared to most other bars. Care factor 0 – I’m not a weight weenie. These are still going strong but honestly don’t get much of a punishing so who knows what they’d be like in the hands of a downhiller.

I bought wide bars because everyone says you need wide bars on an SS for leverage. I don’t think I’ve ever ridden an SS with skinny bars (other than a track bike) so I don’t know how much truth is in that. What I can tell you is: it’s easier to pick gaps on my roadie than on the GT with these monstrous bars fitted! Great for peeling mirrors of cars though (see previous blog entry).

Position – well, that’s all personal, but I like the riser bar feel and I like the extra height of these bars on the GT – makes for a more upright, cruisier ride.

hippy says: Super cool bar, especially given the price!! Weight weenies look elsewhere (try the fridge you skinny bastards!)