Author Archives: wheelist

  • One Ring to Rule Them All….

    Posted on March 16, 2016 by wheelist in Riding, Uncategorized.

    Standards, standards, standards. Standards rule. Or do they? The idea of a standard in bicycle manufacture is that an agreed design is commonly adopted amongst manufacturers such that common tooling can be developed and parts can be interchanged between bikes easily. With the plethora of standards now competing, there is no longer any such thing […]

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  • Coaching with Surrey YMCA at Coed y Brenin

    Posted on May 29, 2015 by wheelist in Coaching.

    I had the pleasure today of leading a group of young people with additional learning challenges (and their helpers) around the trails of Coed y Brenin. The 3 day trip organised by Mark Browne from Surrey YMCA led on from their riding around the Bedgebury Forest closer to home and provided a tougher terrain for […]

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  • When in Rome

    Posted on May 20, 2015 by wheelist in Riding.

    I had the pleasure of a day’s riding on the Greek island of Kefalonia recently. (Okay, it’s not quite Rome, but I’m sure the riding is better) Despite boasting a mountain range extending to a height of over 1600m, the island has vitually no MTB scene at all, and I ended up hiring Ainos Bicycle […]

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  • Gravel Rides

    It’s the Return of the Hack.

    Posted on May 17, 2015 by wheelist in Bike Maintenance, Riding.

    My dearest old friend has a new coat. It’s a black coat and it suits him rather well. And he deserves it too. It’s 21 years since his last. My Webster (a custom-built Columbus Max OR steel cross country bike) was born in 1994, wrought into existence amid the fiery coalpits of Leicester, and forced […]

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  • The Handbuilt Bicycle Show 2015

    Posted on May 7, 2015 by wheelist in Uncategorized.

    The Handbuilt Bicycle show presents the work some of the UK’s (and world’s) best custom bicycle frame builders, and plays host to some of the best component manufacturers from around the globe. It’s a festival of bicycle fanaticism and, if you love bikes and engineering, then there’s not a show in the country that can […]

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  • Another Ride.

    Posted on April 1, 2015 by wheelist in Bike Maintenance, Guiding, Mapping, Riding.

    About this time last year a few mates and myself set off on a wild trip across Skye and the Outer Hebrides. It’s taken a long time to write but I’ve finally published my diary of the ride. Check out the story and pictures here.

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  • 20 Problems for Modern Mountain Bikers

    Posted on January 29, 2015 by wheelist in Uncategorized.

    1. You can’t fix your brakes because you’ve forgotten to pack a syringe. 2. You have to wait at the end of every descent because one of your group is still riding 26″. 3. You’ve just stolen an awesome KOM but you’re unable to make your Strava ride public as you’ve ridden too many “off-piste” […]

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  • Why hire a guide?

    Posted on December 18, 2014 by wheelist in Guiding.

    I’ve recently returned from a fabulous trip to Menorca, where I hired a local guide (Dídac Pujol) to take me out riding some of the island’s fabulous singletrack. It’s the second time I’ve ridden with Dídac as guide, and it got me to thinking about my own guiding here in Wales, what it is that […]

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  • New rides on old bikes

    Posted on September 11, 2014 by wheelist in Bike Maintenance, Riding.

    I have too many bikes. I know that that statement shows blatant disregard for the n+1 rule*, but there’s only so much time in the day that can be spared for fettling, and the queue of bikes needing attention never seems to get shorter. But with winter coming, and my trusty cold-weather steed badly in […]

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  • So many bikes…..

    Posted on August 1, 2014 by wheelist in Riding.

    …so little time!

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