Why I’m writing this….

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I am a lifelong mountain biker who rarely lacks motivation. I had always ridden bikes off road like most kids but in 1976 I bought a "scrambler" for 70 pence. This was a bike which was dedicated to off road use. In 1977 I added a homemade suspension fork. I used the front suspension units … Continue reading Why I’m writing this….

Great Hill again.

With continuing dry weather I thought it was a good chance to ride my current favourite trail. From home to the top of Great Hill, which rises to 1,250 feet, and back via a long and fabulous downhill through Brinscall Woods is around 15.5 miles with almost 1,500 feet of ascent. Looking at the app. … Continue reading Great Hill again.

A lovely autumn ride.

Today has been a beautiful autumn day. The colours are amazing, the weather was calm and mainly sunny. I was keen to ride the new love of my life, my son's Trek Fuel EX8 29" wheel full suspension bike, and take it on my favourite downhill from the top of Great Hill. Of course I … Continue reading A lovely autumn ride.

Riding flat corners.

For several rides it seems like I’ve only ridden single track and bermed (banked) manmade trails. Of course I enjoy this kind of riding but my favourite trails tend to be natural trails with flat corners. Here I can reach what, to me, is the nirvana of mountain biking. That moment when you reach the … Continue reading Riding flat corners.

A more relaxing ride.

Today the weather has been gorgeous, with blue skies and sunshine. I didn't want a hard ride with ambitious targets so chose a trail ride to Healey Nab where I'd ride a full lap from the trailhead then ride another downhill section back home. I used the canal to stay off the roads and have … Continue reading A more relaxing ride.

Riding on big wheels again.

I have the privilege, since the summer, of having access to the 3 most common mountain bike wheel sizes, 26”, 27.5” and 29”. My son wasn’t using his Trek Fuel EX8 so I brought it home when we last visited. It has 29” wheels and is a 2014 model. Moving it around, in the garage … Continue reading Riding on big wheels again.

A longer ride and a look to the future.

This morning I walked my dog, Freddie, and on the way home I saw a somewhat older gentleman who walks and runs whilst keeping a hula hoop continually twirling around his waist. I thought for a brief moment that I could acquire a hula hoop and try to do the same. Then I saw sense … Continue reading A longer ride and a look to the future.

Back to training.

Since I’ve already attempted the 2 challenges which I set myself at the start of the year, I can’t really claim to be training for anything in particular. I do, however, like to maintain my fitness and think that I’ve improved this year, so don’t want to lose what I’ve gained. Since trying my biggest … Continue reading Back to training.

Riding the best, before the weather changes.

I’d decided to do some gardening yesterday (Sunday) so I didn’t ride, even though the weather was fabulous. We had crystal clear, blue skies except I noticed something interesting. Even though, due to Covid 19, air traffic is a fraction of the usual level a significant proportion of the sky, at certain times was obscured … Continue reading Riding the best, before the weather changes.

Getting back to basics.

I read in the magazine Mountain Bike Rider (MBR) that on every ride you should have at least one thing you want to work on. I agree that every ride should have a purpose and today I decided to go back to the basics of riding trails, particularly narrow, twisting single track trails. But why … Continue reading Getting back to basics.

The need for speed.

Today's ride focused on speed on 2 different occasions for different reasons. My intention was to ride to Brinscall Woods to use the superb downhill which I've only discovered this year and to descend 3 times. I took my usual, mainly off road route to the woods and rode the technical side of the Goit, … Continue reading The need for speed.