My mountain bike must be getting on for three years old, and despite much TLC and replacement of the consumable parts, the chainrings were getting to “that time of life.” This gave me the opportunity to replace, and (say it quietly), upgrade.
So, parts ordered, bike stripped down, the old parts were removed, new parts fitted, and a quick spin around the street shows it is all working, but how would the new 1×10 system work in the real mountain biking environment?
Off to Hamsterley forest. Being a beautiful autumn day, it was heaving with people, and almost impossible to park. On to the bike, and pedal furiously to get away from the yappy dogs and screaming children. A quick climb up the black trail confirms that the lowest gearing (30 x 42) is good enough to get up the hill. Then out onto the moors (which were beautiful in their autumn colours), and the fast swoopy, then rocky descent of Doctors Gate. No dropped chains.
A quiet spin back to the road through the forest, then pack up, head home and give the bike a wash.