Well, it’s been an odd couple of years hasn’t it? Both 2020 and 2021 were spectacularly bad in terms of getting out there and meeting friends for wild rides in the woods. I look back at this social media post I wrote at the start of 2020 with a feeling of embarrassment that I could […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
I was fortunate this weekend to have the pleasure of guiding the Sussex and Hampshire Association of Biking Idiots (SHABI) around some of the most beautiful parts of southern Snowdonia. On Saturday we climbed, summited and descended our local mountain Cader Idris. At 893 metres Cader stands imposingly above Dolgellau and is a short, steep […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
Wheelism would like to welcome on board Luke Simmonds who will be racing in 2019 in our team colours. Luke is a longstanding member of the local Dreigiau Coed y Brenin Dragons club, and has been racing for the last few years, competing in both XC and enduro races across Wales. He’s a lovely lad […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
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 […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
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 […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
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 […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
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 […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
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 […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
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.Continue Reading... No Comments.
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” […]Continue Reading... No Comments.