Sunday, 17 February 2008


*Purple haze is all around,
Dont know if I'm going up or down,
Am I happy ,or in misery,...... *

Fisher HiFi Deluxe.Out the box,last night.F F Frresh.45rpm

Rivington/Winter Hill, Out of this world.F F frreezing. -2

Actually , I was loving it. My leg ,I dont like to mention it,was kinda OK.Up to about the strength of ,say , a labrador.An old one ,but not that old that it's legs have 'gone'.
It's difficult to be overly objective about the HiFi over a comparable bike , say , the Meta(which is dearer).Theyre both excellent bikes, i'd be splitting hairs.Theyre not exactly the same though.The Commencal seems to be happier going down,Arent we all,whereas the Fisher seems to be better at climbing.It's a geometry thing.You sit on the Fisher ,and sit in the meta.Well ,I felt ever so slightly more 'perched ' on the Fisher.
Bad leg that i dont like to mention notwithstanding,I felt good riding today. It was a bee ee ay yew tiful day ,which helps,as does a new bike.We (me+ Gareth+Stu)set out from the barn road and did a fairly standard loop up to the pike ,taking in Wilders Moor and the dog kennels ,finishing off with the 'ice cream run' to the caff.
The suspension never felt overly intrusive.Just get on and point it up and it gets on with it.No noticeable bob.I think the actual weight is the same as the meta ,it just'feels' lighter.Racier.
Downhill ,as I said ,doesnt feel as confident as on the meta even though the travel front and rear is all but identical. 'Manual-ing' the bike over gulleys doesnt come as easy and requires a bit more pull on the bars ,but it's merely a case of a minor adaptation of riding style.I got my weight back a bit more than i might usually do,arms outstretched ,and it was fine.The back end just does its job well enough.I looked down on a rolling easy bit with a few potholes to check it was working.I was surprised to find it was.You just dont notice it.
Theres no place to find fault with the componentry on the Fisher.Everything's good nowadays.It has them oversize bars I'm not keen on.
I'm a bugger for tyres me.The conditions were as close to perfect today ,so I didnt ask too much of them ,and they worked fine.Hmm.But we'll see.I've a feeling they'll be OK ,whereas on the meta it was crying out for bigger treads.Did I ever mention I have a thing for tyres?It'll be some freudian thing.I might swap em.Just in case.
This is sounding suspiciously like a bike evaluation.The bike's good.
If you'd like to arrange a test ride type demo thing ,and my bad leg i dont like to mention is up to it,-call,Email,smoke signal,carrier pigeon the shop and we can sort it out.
Cant guarantee you'll get a day like this though.
Other ride pics will be 'up ' at ,I'm sure.
Jimi Hendrix song is a reference to the crazy thing going on in the sky.You had to be there.Come.
I feel I must mention that RockyII was the one in which he made a comeback,just in case.......
My new new last ride.A cracker.
I'll be sore tomorrow.

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