One of the best things about working in a bike shop is being able to blow off the cobwebs after work with the guys you work with. One of the best things about working in a bike shop in North Wales is that the rides after work can be properly epic. Yesterday’s “Shop Ride” was […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I moved house recently, and a new house means a new commute. I love maps, so planning a commute is almost as much fun as riding it. More fun if you have to ride a really bad commute (technically it’s impossible to have a really bad commute by bicycle). There are some great tools for […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
2014 is starting out rather damp, but thankfully my first coaching session of the year was well-timed to take advantage of one of the few brief haituses that have occurred between the near-incessant downpours. Rob wanted to improve his confidence, especially on rocky descents and so, after some practice moving around the bike and riding […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
And so that was summer. It felt like one of those summers we had when we were kids – it went on for ages. Glorious golden days, with long hazy evenings, stretching out into seeming eternity. Due to the weather pattern of recent summers I expected it to finish at any moment, so spent lots […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
It’s hard to believe. It’s so long ago since it last happened I’d forgotten exactly what it was. It’s summer!!! Proper flipping summer!!!! The sun is hot and everything!!!!! And…(a big ‘And’)…it’s in Wales!!!!!! I seriously struggle to express just how beautiful Wales is when the sun is shining, when you’ve got mates around, and […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
It was a real pleasure to welcome Hamish back to Coed y Brenin today, after his coaching session with Wheelism last year. Hamish said he loved the trip so much last time that he thought he should bring his wife Jill to sample the delights of this little corner of heaven. Armed with a Beics […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
The snow is finally thawing, the temperatures are almost into double figures, and the daffodils are lining the roads as I ride through the Welsh countryside. It’s finally beginning to look like Spring is sprung. I’m not the only one feeling it either; it’s been a record Easter at Coed y Brenin, and lots of […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
You know how it is: you wait ages for a new bike and then three come along at once. So far this year it’s a new hardtail, a cyclocrosser, and now a new road bike. Sweet eh? Well, it all sounds good, but what it actually means is that I have to sell something to […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
GISDA is a charitable company based in Caernarfon “offering vulnerable people in our society the opportunity to improve their quality of life so they aren’t disadvantaged because of poverty.” This week they brought a group of young people to Coed y Brenin to have a go at mountain biking, and I was their coach and […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I had the pleasure of running a coaching session for Iago and Steffan’s 9th birthdays last week at Coed y Brenin. They and 6 of their best friends braved the weather (it didn’t turn out too bad in the end) and headed out with me onto the trails…. Subjects we covered included braking (relative stopping […]Continue Reading... No Comments.