Posts about just getting out riding.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
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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.
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.